Dublin Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index

Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK and Ireland's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.

530,000 return active travel trips are made daily in the Metropolitan Area by people that could have used a car. These trips play a vital role in helping to create a more sustainable, more liveable Metropolitan Area and wider region.

Every year, walking and cycling in Dublin Metropolitan Area results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

€2.39 billion

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

120,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 530,000

cars taken off the road every day

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Deryck Fay, Technology consultant

I walk and use public transport a lot. My husband does drive, but we chose to live near the city because it’s nice to have places that are walkable.

Since Covid, there has been a good extension of bicycle lanes, the barriers are still temporary. When the traffic signals were designed, they were designed to maximise car traffic flow, not pedestrian flow. As a pedestrian, I feel at the bottom of the hierarchy, rather than at the top.

For me, the biggest thing that could change things would be zebra crossings – because they give pedestrians priority. People know what they mean.

We have deliberately been to Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire because there is space to walk, spend time, bring the dog, and so on – the changes they’ve made there have made it somewhere that we want to spend time in.

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