— Car and bus use down as walking, rail and cycling numbers up.
Dublin’s Canal Corden traffic count is showing a year-on-year increase of 11% in the number of commuters on bicycles crossing the canals at the morning rush hour between 2015 and 2016.
The actual numbers have increased from 10,893 to 12,089. The count does not include the large numbers of people who start their cycling commutes within the canals — not conunted is the vast bulk of DublinBikes users, a number of areas with high bicycle use, and people leaving railway stations on bicycles.
The canal counts are also only taken in November — a month which year-round traffic counters show fewer people cycling than most months of the year.
The numbers of people cycling has increased in all but one year since 2004.
The overall numbers of commuters crossing the canals are up from 199,943 to 202,001, and people are also switching from cars and overcrowded buses to walking, cycling, Luas and heavy rail.
A National Transport Authority spokeswoman told the Irish Independent that the number of bus passengers has decreased while the numbers of people walking and cycling has increased and the authority thinks people closer to the city centre are transferring from bus to walking and cycling.
The canal traffic surveys are conducted at canal crossing into the city centre as well as junctions of the North Circular Road and South Circular Road — a ring around the city centre call which gets the name ‘canal cordon’.
The full canal cordon count report can be viewed here.
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