A vast majority — 84% — of Dublin residents support building physically separated cycle paths “even when this would mean less space for other road traffic”, according to a new survey.
The results fit in with previous polls and surveys in Dublin and elsewhere which shows public support for cycling infra, regardless of what a vocal minority say.
The survey was complied by UK sustainable transport charity Sustrans for the National Transport Authority.
It also found that nearly a quarter of adults cycle at least once a week in the Dublin area and 11% cycling five days a week or more.
Another survey highlight is that 21% of adults who don’t currently cycle would like to and building safer routes would enable them to do so — that means the those who currently cycle daily added with those who want to cycle would add up to 30% of adults cycling.
The report highlights how 86km of traffic free routes away from roads and 84km of segregated on-road routes have been built in the Dublin area, but — as this website has reported before — these routes are not very continuous or connected. There still isn’t even a single route from a suburb to the city centre in Dublin and international research has shown dense network of cycle routes and cycling-friendly streets.
The survey found that perceived barriers which people said stopped them for cycling or why they did not cycle more included:
54% of residents feel they should cycle more.
The full survey results can be found here (PDF).
Subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).
If you can help push IrishCycle.com above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!
Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.
IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.
There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!
Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.
I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.
The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!
But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers