Understanding the rise in cycling in Dublin

Cycling in Dublin is on the up! Commuters on bikes have more than doubled over the last 8 years, so that they make up 8.8% of all journeys.

Every year Dublin City Council performs a survey to count people as they come to work between 7.00am and 10.00am. The survey takes place at all the crossing points of the Grand and Royal canals, and counts all┬ápedestrians, cyclists, motor cycles, private cars, buses and goods vehicles as they enter the city – and from this data they calculate the typical modal share for transport.

Of course, the survey doesn’t capture any information on people who don’t cross the canal, or those people who commute outside of the 3 hours – but no survey can capture everything, and the canal cordon count is still a good indication of change over time.

In 10 years, from 2002 to 2012:

  • Cycling has increased by 68.5%
  • Pedestrians have increased by 2.8%
  • Private Cars have decreased by 7.7%
  • Motor Cyclists have decreased by 51.2%
  • Goods Vehicles have decreased by 61.1%

Dublin council has a target to have 10% of all journeys made by bicycle by the year 2020, and by this measure they seem to be on track – even if the 2011 census says that only 5.9% of people in Dublin commute by bike.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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