Myths: Distances

There’s a lot of media coverage of extreme commuters, but these people make up small percentages of all commuters. The vast bulk of people in Dublin City, Co Dublin and even the Greater Dublin Area live in easy to cycle distances and most people live in and around the M50.

The average cycling speed in Dublin is around 14km/h. Some people go slower and some go much faster, but using this speed as a guide, a trip of 5km would only take around 20mins, 7km would only take 30mins, and a trip of 10km would only take a little over 40mins.

Here’s some graphs by the National Transport Authority (NTA) from its draft strategy for the Greater Dublin Area showing the distances people travel:

Journey purpose and distance travelled
Based on a DTO (now NTA) 2006 survey:

Map showing the GDA split as described below

Distance travelled in the Greater Dublin Area by area

Based on 2006 census data. These following graphs are split into three images for easier viewing, click on each one to zoom in. (Note: We also adjusted these graphs to show the shorter distances in green and the larger distances in red — the NTA had two light blues representing one of the shortest and the longest distances, which were harder to read).

Inside the M50:

Outer suburban and hinterland towns:

Rural hinterland:

Population share by area

Percentage of trips in areas and across areas

And finally, distances people travel into Dublin City Centre, from the DublinBikes expansion report by Dublin City Council:


  1. Could be clearer – where do you call ‘inner suburbs’, ‘outer suburbs’, etc?

  2. There is a map with the article that explains these terms

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