Active Travel (Walking & Cycling) Information and Advice

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As part of the city’s Covid-19 response, we are encouraging people to use active travel - walking and cycling - as much as possible, wherever possible.

Before you set out, ask yourself whether your journey is necessary and which travel option would work best for you and for the city. 

  • Reduce your journeys - if possible, don’t travel. Fewer people travelling means less pressure on travel infrastructure which helps to keep the city moving efficiently
  • If travelling, please use active travel – walking and cycling – wherever possible. Walking and cycling frees up space on public transport for those who need it most.
  • If walking and cycling isn’t an option for you, please use public transport.
  • Please only use your car if you have no other option. We need to reduce the number of cars entering the city to allow more space for social distancing and we need your support in making this happen.  

Use this map as a guide to help you decide if active travel is an option for your journey. Generally 1km takes about 10 minutes to walk and 5 minutes to cycle.

Why use active travel?

Cycling and walking are great ways to get around the city, while keeping fit, reducing pollution and saving money at the same time.  Active travel benefits both the individual and the city as a whole.

Benefits for you - by using active travel you will:

  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Have reliable journey times
  • Often get to where you’re going quicker
  • Save money
  • Enjoy your journey

Benefits for your community – by using active travel you will:

  • Make space on public transport for those who need it most
  • Contribute to a reduction in traffic congestion
  • Support the city becoming less polluted
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Play a part in making Dublin a climate resilient city

Getting started – tips and advice for active travel

Substitute one journey you usually make by car or public transport with walking or cycling. If the journey is too long, try combining walking or cycling for part of it. Use Park & Ride facilities or get off the train or bus at an earlier stop. Dublin Bikes are a good way to try cycling around the city.

  • If you normally drive your children to school, trying to cycle or walk the route together now while the streets are quieter is a good way to build up your confidence to make to switch permanently when the schools are back in September.
  • If you’re new to cycling, start with a recreational cycle when you have time and aren’t in a hurry.
  • If you’re cycling somewhere for the first time, doing a test run in advance can help take the stress out of the journey. You’ll get a realistic idea of how long the journey will take you and have an opportunity to find the nearest places for bike parking.
  • Download a pedometer or use a step counter to keep track of your daily steps. Set yourself a goal or target and build on this each week.
  • Walking or cycling as part of your commute to work or to run errands e.g. go to the shop, can help you achieve your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity – a great option if you struggle to find time to exercise.
  • Use the 2km from home radius from Covid-19 phase 1 restrictions as a guide – places within your 2km radius are walkable. Walking 2km takes about 20 minutes. Pick our 1 or 2 places in your 2km radius to walk to instead of driving.
  • Use the 5km from home radius as a guide of journeys that are doable by bike – cycling 5km takes 20-30 minutes.

Incentives for active travel

  • Cycle to Work scheme: the scheme allows discounts of up to 52% on a bicycle and accessories of up to €1,000. Your employer pays the retailer and deducts payments from your wages over 12 months. See the Cycle to Work scheme website for more information. []
  • Tax saver public transport tickets: the Taxsaver scheme allows workers to save up to 52% on monthly or annual transport tickets. See the Taxsaver website for more information. []
  • Workplace incentives: some workplaces have their own incentives and supports for encouraging staff to walk or cycle. Find out what supports your workplace offers.