Commuters using cars are now far outnumbered by sustainable transport users in Dublin City Centre, with bus use alone now matching car use.
The new data is according to the 2017 Canal Corden Count, morning rush hour traffic count taken yearly in November at entry points into the city centre.
Just over 50% of commuters entering the city centre are using public transport, while 11.8% walk across the counting points and 5.9% cycle.
The count shows that the number of car users has now dropped to under 30% of those counted amounting to 61,694 commuters.
The number of car users, which includes an estimate of drivers and passengers combined, has decreased 15,156 people in 10 years and down 27,812 since 1997, according to historic data. At the same time the number of commuters overall across all modes combined has increased from 180,000 in 1997 to nearly 211,500 commuters.
The “canal cordon” is actually a ring mainly using the Grand Canal, a section of the South Circular Road, half of the North Circular Road and the Royal Canal east of Mountjoy.
Commuters who start their trips within the canal cordon are not counted but the Census shows that walking and cycling are relatively high in many of these areas. The count also excludes those using the vast majority of DublinBikes stations and rail commuters who cycle from central train stations.
On cycling the report states: “The upward trend of cyclists crossing the canal continued between 2016 -2017 with numbers increasing by 3%. There has been a steady year on year growth in the number of cyclists crossing the cordon since 2010. In 2017 almost 12,500 cyclists crossed the cordon in the AM peak period. This represents an increase of 157% when compared with 2006, and represents an increase of over 57% in the last five years.”
Owen Keegan, the city manager of Dublin City Council, said: “Dublin City Council very much welcomes the fact that in 2017 more people than ever before crossed across the Canal cordon in the Morning Peak, the total numbers now recorded exceed the previous high recorded in 2006.”
He added: “Considering that this was achieved against a background of Luas Cross City construction, it shows the commitment of DCC and the NTA to multi-modal travel and particularly the incredible value of the additional bus priority measures in the City Centre implemented on the north and South Quays and the resultant reduction in journey times for bus users.”
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