Belfast Telegraph

Cyclist numbers soar in capital

The number of cyclists in Dublin has doubled in just eight years, a survey has revealed.

Nearly one in every 10 (8.8%) journeys taken in the capital now is on a bike, the latest figures show.

Andrew Montague, a councillor who chairs the transport and traffic committee on Dublin City Council (DCC), said the findings show initiatives to get more people cycling are working.

"I'm pleased to see more people getting around the city the easiest and quickest way - on their bikes," he said. "Dublin City Council's efforts to promote cycling are paying off and we have to encourage even more people to get on their bikes in 2013."

The figures were revealed in the DCC's Canal Cordon Count, which tallies the number of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians entering the city between the Grand Canal on the southside and the Royal Canal on the northside.

The survey was carried out at 32 locations between 7am and 10am in November.

It found that there was an almost 16% rise in the number of cyclists last year alone, with the total having doubled between 2004 and 2012. Meanwhile, more people are choosing to walk into the city, with pedestrian figures up more than 17% last year.

People driving their own car into the city still account for more than two thirds (67.5%) of all commuter trips.

The study also showed bus journeys increased by 2.5% over the 10-year period between 2002 and 2012. However Dublin Bus services were down more than 10%, with the overall rise made up by a near-18% jump in private buses operating in the city.

Dublin City Council described how the results demonstrate the success of many transport schemes introduced in recent years. A spokesman said: "These include Dublin Port Tunnel, the HGV management strategy, more Quality Bus Corridors, the dublinbikes scheme, the Grand Canal Cycle route and the 30kph (18mph) zone in the city centre."

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