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:
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:
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:
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