Cycling Trends in Dublin City

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Every November, traffic counts take place at 33 locations in Dublin.  Known as the Canal Cordon it collects data on the number of people travelling into Dublin by various modes including walking, cycling, private car, bus, taxi, motorcycle, light and heavy goods vehicles. This is supplemented by surveys undertaken by Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to obtain passenger numbers on the different public transport services. The location of the counts follows the Grand Canal to the south and part of the Royal Canal to the north of the city.

Between 1997 and 2018 the number of cyclists crossing this cordon heading into the city centre between 7 am and 10am increased by 117% (from 5,628 to 12,227).  Cycle numbers remained between 4,000 and 6,000 between 1997 and 2010 before increasing by approximately 15% year on year until 2015 when the increase slowed up until 2017 and had a small decrease in 2018.  It is the ambition of Dublin City Council to more than double the number of cyclists in the city by 2030.

No of Cyclists crossing the Canal Cordon