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Northern Ireland travel survey reveals how people get about and what they do

People in Northern Ireland walk less than half a mile a day.
People in Northern Ireland walk less than half a mile a day.

By Eimear McGovern

People in Northern Ireland walk less than half a mile a day and travel mostly by car, new government figures reveal.

A Department for Infrastructure survey between 2016 and 2018 found each person travelled on average 5,868 miles a year. That averages at 16 miles a day.

Researchers found the public made 903 journeys a year with 70% by car.

Walking made up just under a fifth, or 19%, of those journeys.

People walked on average 165 miles a year which breaks down to under half a mile a day.

And 5% of journeys, or 47 on average a year, were by public transport.

A further 6% were made up of other methods, such as cycling.

The report surveyed the modes of transport and the distance travelled by each person in Northern Ireland.

Heading out for social occasions such as holidays or meeting friends was the reason for most journeys followed by shopping and commuting.

Travel survey for Northern Ireland. Credit: Department for Infrastructure.
Travel survey for Northern Ireland. Credit: Department for Infrastructure.

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