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Survey shows 93% of DIT students travel by bus, bike or on foot

Posted: 10 February, 2017

• Highest levels of sustainable travel in ten years of Travel Survey.

The results of the 2016 DIT Travel Survey have been released and they show positive progress towards a sustainable campus.  The percentage of staff and students using sustainable transport to get to college is at the highest level in the ten-year history of the Travel Survey with 93% of students and 81% of staff getting to college on public transport, walking or cycling.

Bus is still the most popular mode of transport with 43% of respondents travelling by bus.  DIT Cathal Brugha Street has the highest proportion of people travelling by bus or train.  DIT Grangegorman has the highest proportion of cyclists at 16% - just pipping DIT Kevin Street but with new secure bike parking now installed in DIT Kevin Street that balance may change when the survey is repeated in the future.

Perhaps surprisingly, a higher proportion of staff than students – 14% versus 9% - cycle to DIT.  The number of students walking to college has consistently decreased from 20% in 2010 to 12% this year.  This may reflect high rents which mean more students are living at home and commuting longer distances by bus and rail rather than renting closer to campus.

Ciaran Cuffe, Lecturer in Planning, chairs the DIT Green Campus Committee.  Commenting on the results of the 2016 Travel Survey he said “The high levels of sustainable travel are to be welcomed, and reflect the focus on smarter travel taken by the Institute over the past number of years.  It is noticeable that Cathal Brugha Street and Kevin Street have the highest levels of sustainable travel, and it’s important that these levels are maintained after the move to Grangegorman.   For this reason, the opening of the Cross City Luas, and the extension of the Dublin Bikes scheme to Grangegorman are vitally important for DIT.”

The full travel survey results are available from the Sustainability Office at sustainability@dit.ie and the Office welcomes requests to support students who are doing research in the area of sustainability.

The Travel Survey is run in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and takes place every two years.  Last year over 1600 staff and students responded to the survey.