Number of people cycling into Dublin city has more than doubled in past decade

Survey finds surge in cyclist numbers but decline in public transport use

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The number of cyclists commuting into Dublin city every morning has increased by 125% in the last decade, according to new figures.

The latest traffic count by Dublin City Council shows 10,893 people cycled into the city during the average morning peak in November 2015, over twice the number registered in 2006.

Ten years ago, only 4,839 commuters crossed into the city centre by bike. Cyclist numbers have increased annually since then, apart from in 2010, when the figure fell slightly.

The survey also identified a rise in pedestrian numbers: 18,727 walked into town in 2015, compared to 17,114 in 2006.

Meanwhile, the number of cars (excluding taxis) fell by just under 10% over the course of a decade to 53,064 last year.

Bus trips decreased by 9% in the same period, with Dublin Bus seeing the biggest decline, while the number of goods vehicles dropped by 53%.

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Dublin City Council noted that a record level (around two-thirds) of all inbound trips into the city were made by foot, bike or public transport in its 2015 count.

There were increases since 2014 in each public transport mode - bus, rail and Luas - but the overall number of passengers was still 2.8% below figures for 2006.

The annual count, which is undertaken over two days in November, surveys inbound traffic at 33 locations around the city between 7am and 10am.