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Huge hike in numbers cycling into capital daily

More than 20,000 people are cycling into Dublin city every day, a 35pc increase in just five years, writes Paul Melia.

Dublin City Council yesterday said the massive hike in cycling rates is down to people wanting to save money and get healthy.

National Cycling Week begins tomorrow, and the city's cycling officer Ciaran Fallon said the increase in cyclists was partly due to the recession. "Recessions are always good for cycling," he said. "It's much cheaper than bus fares and paying for parking and fuel.

"People want to save money and it's a healthy option.

"Since the HGVs are out of the city, its become noticeably safer," he added.

A series of events is planned across the country during National Cycling Week, with Bike to Work day taking place in Dublin next Wednesday.

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