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We're walking more, but seven out of 10 journeys here still taken by private car

Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

We're driving less - and walking more, according to a new report.

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland (TSNI) from the Department for Infrastructure, which looks at journeys taken within Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2017, shows that 70% of our journeys were still taken by car.

But that was 2% down from the period 2012 to 2014.

Public transport made up five per cent of all journeys made, but walking rose to 17% (up from 15% in 2012-14). Trips made for leisure purposes (visiting friends at private home/elsewhere, entertainment/social activities, sports, holiday/day trip) accounted for 24% of all journeys, 17% for shopping, 16% for commuting and 13% for personal business (for services such as bank, doctor or library).

This shows no change on results from recent years.

Journeys to and from school show a big discrepancy when it comes to distinguishing between primary and post-primary age children.

From 2015-2017 the most commonly used main method of travel to or from school for the 4-11 age group was car, van or taxi (56%), followed by walking or cycling (32%) and then bus (12%).

But for the 12-18 age group, parents are more likely to leave their children to their own devices, with bus leading the way as the preferred means of travel (43%) with car, van or taxi (39%) coming in a close second. Walking or cycling (17%) make up the total number of school journeys undertaken.

The survey does not cover journeys made outside Northern Ireland and a more detailed breakdown is due out later this year.

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