Positive feedback loop Thursday, November 8, 2007 | News Story | 3 comments “Life has become better and easier for cyclists simply because there are more of them” [Ben Laurence in the Times] Unfortunately the loop works both ways… 3 Comments oonidh on November 15, 2007 at 1:53 pm Stan your statement ” Unfortunately the loop works both ways…” has been shown to be true by a CSO(Central Statistics Office) report released today! Ireland is going the other way. 15.11.2007 on the http://www.rte.ie Business Section they have the following news item 22% more drive to work – report” The number of people driving to work by rose by over 225,000 between 2002 and 2006, an increase of 22%, according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office. Of the 1.7m workers in the State in April 2006, almost 1.1m (57%) drove a car to work – up from 55% in 2002. When combined…….. The only positive result from the report was the number of rail users has dramatically risen – this is due to the two Luas lines (that do not meet) in Dublin. No statistics given on numbers cycling or walking to work/school. Stan on November 16, 2007 at 12:25 pm Thanks for the link Oisín — at least the Luas figures are heartening, and suggest strongly that more people would use public transport if it’s a half-decent service. No cyclist/walker numbers presumably because such entities don’t exist… oonidh on November 16, 2007 at 12:42 pm Yes unfortunatly you are correct re cyclists and walkers. CSO have published some tables that might be of interest re modes of transport. http://www.cso.ie/census/Census2006_Principal_Socio_economic_Results.htm -> Tables 19-30 Education and Travel Or click here to go directly to the relevant document. Most impressive figure in the document has to be “Table 24 Children at school aged between 5 and 12 years, usually resident in the State, classified by sex, distance travelled and means of travel to school” There are 3 boys who travel 25 to 49 kilometres by Bike. That is a huge distance. They will be able to do a full Tour de France by time they are 18!! Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.