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Sustainable commuting May 29, 2020

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As a daily cyclist no great news in this, a report that 2019 saw a strong increase in the numbers using bicycles or walking into Dublin City centre and when taxi’s, trains and buses are added in:

[these make] up 72% of all journeys according to the latest canal cordon count.

Cycling and walking both increased last year to a combined share of nearly 18%, more than all those travelling on the heavy rail services DART, Commuter and InterCity.

The report noted that both walking and cycling had dipped in 2018, but their percentage use has increased overall from 10.5% in 2006.

It notes that:

Meanwhile, car usage has declined by around 25%, with numbers in private cars down by more than 18,500 in the same period.

In percentage terms, just under 30% of sustainable travel consisted of bus usage, 17% rail, over 6% on Luas, 11.5% walked, 6% cycled and taxi journeys accounted for 2%.

But no great news in the former point, given the time it takes to get in and out of the city in cars. The percentage breakdown is even more illuminating:

In percentage terms, just under 30% of sustainable travel consisted of bus usage, 17% rail, over 6% on Luas, 11.5% walked, 6% cycled and taxi journeys accounted for 2%.

Mentioned before how prior to the pandemic cycling numbers had increased remarkably over the past few years. Given the appeals from the UK presumably we’ll see even more traffic of that sort in the next while as public transport is subject to greater social distancing.

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1. EWI - May 29, 2020

A much greater accommodation for cyclists is coming, along with the new social distancing measures for walkers (bigger footpaths and less time waiting at pedestrian crossings).

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2. Pangurbán - May 29, 2020

It’s time to extend the city bike scheme out as far as the canals; the main gaps are in the north west and south west sectors

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EWI - May 29, 2020

I recall seeing a graphic some years ago which suggested that the oversized ad board and the bicycle stands are in opposite ends of the city. Has this changed much?

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3. sonofstan - May 29, 2020

The mayor of Paris is promoting something called the ’20 minute city’ where the idea is that most things you need to do – including work – would be available within 20 minutes walk/ cycle of where you live. It’s really hard to see how a city like Dublin could adjust to this quickly: no matter how bike friendly you make the city, there are still thousands commuting from 30 miles away and often without even the option of decent trains. Making the city sustainable in this regard will take a generational shift in builing practice and employment.

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EWI - May 29, 2020

Making the city sustainable in this regard will take a generational shift in builing practice and employment.

And which is the direct consequence of the (outrageously open) planning corruption in Dublin County Council for decades. I’m not certain that the three successor ‘counties’ are an improvement, either – Fingal in particular has been a preserve of idiocy.

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