An 8% year-on-year increase in cycling was recorded by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s electronic bicycle counters.
The data relates to the May, June, July and August in 2018 when compared to the same months in 2017 and was recorded from counters on three routes in the council’s area.
In a statement the council said: “The biggest increase was along the Rock Road with a 10% increase in the number of people cycling on the route over the 4 month period followed by an 8% increase on the Stillorgan Road and a 6% increase on Clonskeagh Road.”
The statement said that “The heatwave over the Summer months has contributed to more people cycling on roads in the County,” but the level of increase is lower than some previous years.
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said that the cycle counter data shows that the Rock Road corridor is the busiest in the County with an average of about 1,200 weekday cycle trips on the route heading towards the city followed by Clonskeagh Road which has about 1,000 weekday one-way cycle trips and the Stillorgan Road which has about 700 weekday cycle trips.
Cllr Oisin Smyth, the council’s mayor said: “I welcome the increase in the number of people cycling on key routes around the County. Overall, the increase in the number of people cycling highlights the work being done by the Council in improving facilities for cyclists.”
He added: “In addition, the introduction of initiatives to encourage more people to cycle such as the introduction of a pilot bike sharing scheme with Bleeperbike, the installation of more cycle parking and assisting the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with the roll out of school cycle training has encouraged more people to cycle in the County.”