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About Dublin

Partner in FLOW: Dublin City Council 

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Dublin City Centre is the core economic engine of the Irish Republic. Nationally, about half of revenue generated within the State comes from inside a 4km radius of the College Green.

On average 500,000 people travel within Dublin City Centre every day. This is made up of circa. 235,000 work related trips, 45,000 education trips, and 120,000 visitors/tourists/shoppers. In addition, the latest Census reports that around 122,000 people live within the canal cordon. The city centre is intensifying as an employment, retail and tourist destination. By 2023, it is anticipated that Dublin's transport network will have to cater for an additional 42,000 journeys coming into the City Centre each day, an increase of over 20%. There will likely also be 15,000 new residents living within the Canals.

Activities in FLOW

Dublin’s sustainable mobility goals

In the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017, the city set a goal of achieving modal share targets crossing the canals of 55% for public transport, 15% for cycling, 10% for walking and 20% for private car use by 2017. 

Microscopic modelling in FLOW

Models carried out by Dublin City Council recently, prior to FLOW, focus only on vehicular traffic. These have not been able to demonstrate the impact of improving walking and cycling infrastructure on modal shift, economic and social benefit, and in fact predict an increase in congestion.

Within FLOW, with the support of Technical Support Partners, Dublin was able to predict the overall performance of the cycle network (Dublin is in the process of developing over 100 km of cycle network) proposals using microscopic modelling for signal sequencing and specific infrastructure challenges. The benefits or effectiveness of the cycle network proposals have been assessed from a more holistic urban mobility approach, replacing the current motor vehicles-only modelling approach.

Anticipated outcomes

Dublin gained concrete evidence of the potential for the improvement of walking and cycling infrastructure to reduce congestion in the city. It also gives Dublin an opportunity to showcase its various achievements in the promotion of sustainable transport by providing some case studies for good practice.

Quick facts


Population: 527,000 inhabitants

Land area: 115 km2

Road network length:   1,223.953  km

Cycle paths/cycle lanes length:  210 km 

Walking paths length:  2,260.268  km

Public transport (PT) modes: Bus, Rail, light Rail - Luas and  bike share scheme

PT system length:  Bus 300km , Heavy Rail 27km, light Rail (Tram) 36.8km

PT passenger trips per day:  93,207

Car trips per working day:    64169

Modal split of Dublin (DCC, 2014)