08 Aug 2022

CENSUS RESULTS: Car is still king for Offaly commuters

The latest results from the Census 2016 reveal over 20,000 (19,926) people from Offaly travel to work, school or college by car making up more than a third of the total 48,558 making the journey every day.

There are an awful lot of early risers among the commuters as 16,622 leave their homes in the mornings before 8am. Over 10,000, more than likely predominantly school traffic, leave home between 8.30am-9am, according to the latest CSO release.

Suggesting lengthy commutes to Dublin and further afield, 3,399 Offaly people are out the door before 6.30am.

Many face long journey times. Of the 46,633 who make daily commutes, 12,754 face journeys exceeding 30 minutes, with 1,878 facing treks of 90 minutes or more.

Cars are by some distance the most common way to travel. Of the 48,558 people making daily trips to work, school or college, 30,563 travel by car, 19,926 of which are drivers.

Just 591 travel to school, work or college by bicycle, while a low number - 4,774 use buses or other public transport to make their daily journeys. Just 183 children cycle to school. 

3,322 school or college students walk every day, with 3,866 getting there by bus each day. The majority (9,259 still get to school as a passenger in a car. 

2,124 of the 30,074 working population walk to work. 

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