By: Zainab Boladale
Public transport is a last resort for Irish people, suggests a survey released by CSO last Friday.
The travel data which was collected from October 2016 – January 2017 proved that 15% of Irish people’s main mode of travel was walking or cycling whereas only 5% used public transport. Public transport was only favoured for long distance journeys over 40 minutes.
Almost three-quarters of the population travelled by car, either as a driver or a passenger. 54% of these people travelled by car within Dublin which contrast to the 76% who travel by car outside of Dublin.
Over half of all car journeys were taken by women. This differs from 2013 and 2014 were the travel figures for women and men were equal. Women were also four times more likely to travel as a passenger in a taxi than men.
The biggest reason for travelling in Ireland was work, over 17% of journeys of less than two kilometres were work related, an increase of over two percentage points on 2014.
Work related journeys were highest amongst 18-34-year-olds at 36%, this has seen a five% increase since 2014. Journeys made for the purpose of education showed a similar pattern with nearly 10% of all education related journeys made by 18-34-year-olds, especially in urbanised areas.
Over 26% of journeys were to go shopping, while over one fifth (20.1%) were to meet friends or family. Where people live had little impact on the times they travelled, 25% of journeys were made during rush hour between 4pm and 7pm.
The cost of travelling as a reason for not making journeys only affected 8% of the populations. Short and long term illnesses affected 17% of people. There hasn’t been a marginal difference in these figures since 2013.