Dublin Witnesses a Shift in Commuting Patterns: Insights from the Canal Cordon Report

2 minute read / June 27, 2023

The city of Dublin has experienced significant changes in commuting patterns and transportation habits since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The recently published Canal Cordon Report, conducted by the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council, provides valuable insights into the evolving dynamics of commuting in the city.

According to the report, there has been an 18% reduction in all forms of transportation used for commuting into Dublin since 2019. This decline encompasses various modes of transportation and reflects the impact of the pandemic on daily commuting habits. Notably, the report highlights a 31% drop in pedestrian numbers and a significant 28% decrease in cyclists compared to pre-pandemic levels.

The decrease in commuting is not limited to sustainable modes of transport, as there has also been a 13% reduction in the use of private cars. These statistics clearly depict the changing landscape of commuting in Dublin, where traditional modes of transportation have been influenced by the adoption of hybrid work arrangements and increased work-from-home practices.

The survey, conducted in November, measured the transport modes used by inbound commuters at 33 locations surrounding the Royal Canal and Grand Canal during peak morning traffic hours between 7 am and 10 am. The data revealed a total of 177,243 people crossing the cordon in 2022, a significant decrease compared to the 217,223 commuters recorded in 2019.

However, amidst the decline in certain modes of transportation, there is a positive trend in public transport usage. The report indicates that 55% of commuters now utilize services such as Dart and Luas, marking the highest percentage rate in 17 years. This shift towards public transport underscores the importance of sustainable transportation solutions and highlights the role of accessible and reliable public transit in reducing congestion and emissions in the city.

As Dublin adapts to the changing landscape of commuting, the report emphasizes the need for sustainable transportation solutions and the importance of aligning with evolving work patterns. Initiatives like the Bus Connects project, increased rail capacity, and the development of cycle routes are expected to play a crucial role in promoting sustainable transport and meeting the evolving needs of commuters.

The findings from the Canal Cordon Report highlight the significance of sustainable transportation in building a resilient and eco-friendly city. By prioritizing sustainable alternatives, Dublin can reduce its carbon footprint, improve air quality, and create a more livable environment for its residents.

Dublin is poised to be at the forefront of innovative transportation solutions, and the insights from the Canal Cordon Report will inform the development of strategies to create a greener, more efficient, and people-centric commuting experience.

The report’s findings underscore the importance of collaborative efforts between government authorities, transportation agencies, and the public to embrace sustainable transportation solutions. As Dublin residents, commuters, and businesses, we can contribute to transforming our city’s transportation landscape, making it more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable for all. We can create a greener future for Dublin, one commute at a time.

Source: The Irish Times (https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/dublin/2023/06/02/number-of-cyclists-commuting-in-dublin-down-28-on-pre-pandemic-level/)