cranks Registered User
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irishmotorist said:
I think it will mean some sort of change in driving habits. It costs me about €80 to fill the tank at around €1.55 or so per litre at the moment. Stick that up to €2 a litre and it's going to cost well over €100. It amounts to the same thing but I think that notional amount will mean more to people than it being €2/l.

Whether it moves people to bikes, that remains to be seen.

Does anybody know, offhand, the average distance that people live from work?


strangely enough I came across article yesterday (no idea now where it was) that estimated 17km to be the AVERAGE commute. I think it was a U.S., New York study so take it for what it is. I'd be interested in Ireland/Dublin figures.
Personally, I drive 60km to and from work (120 total per day).

As ever, 'average' is limited in what it tells us. Mode and median too would be more enlightening but there you go.

#77

cranks said:
strangely enough I came across article yesterday (no idea now where it was) that estimated 17km to be the AVERAGE commute. I think it was a U.S., New York study so take it for what it is. I'd be interested in Ireland/Dublin figures.
Personally, I drive 60km to and from work (120 total per day).

As ever, 'average' is limited in what it tells us. Mode and median too would be more enlightening but there you go.


I had a quick look but couldn't see the info immediately. Blorg, however, replied with much more useful search results...quoted below.

blorg said:
The average is quite high: 15.82km

However this figure is distorted somewhat by people with extremely long commutes; the mean is lower.

49% of all workers have commutes of 0-9km, which seems a reasonable distance to cycle. Half of all commuters is a lot.

In towns and cities this is a lot higher: 58% have 0-9km commutes. In rural areas commutes are longer; there 35% commute 0-9km.

Children also have much shorter distances to school on average.

Source: CSO Census 2006

http://census.cso.ie/Census/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=76541

http://census.cso.ie/Census/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=76593

monument Moderator
#78

Detailed travel data for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA)... http://dublinobserver.com/2011/03/dublin-data-blog-how-when-and-where-travel/

To put it in context: The GDA accounts for nearly 40% of the population of Ireland. Inside Co Dublin alone accounts for 30% of the population of the whole country in I think about 1% of the landmass, and the vast bulk of that again is inside the M50.

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