Tomorrow, 22nd September, is World No Car Day. Celebrated in cities and towns across the world, World No Car Day promotes travel methods other than the car. In many instances, journeys taken by walking, cycling and using public transport are often quicker, cheaper and more environmentally friendly that using a car. This is particular true when making shorter journeys.
In the Healthy Ireland Survey 2017, the main modes of travel used to work/place of education were:
- 69% driving/passenger by car or other motorised vehicle
- 18% by foot/bicycle
- 13% by public transport
The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland estimated the main mode of transport for average journeys:
- 70% were taken by car
- 19% were taken by foot
- 5% were taken by public transport
- 6% other
IPH promotes active travel for all organisational travel. IPH have recently updated their active travel policy and this can viewed on publichealth.ie.
IPH has previously worked in the area of active travel:
- IPH has worked with evidence relevant to road traffic infrastructure in a submission to Dublin City Council on the extension of 30kph zones. This submission can be downloaded here.
- In 2015, IPH presented evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Regional Development Committee supporting the case for 20mph speed limits on residential roads.
- In 2012, IPH submitted a response to a consultation run by the Road Safety Authority on the development on the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020.