‘I’ve determined the Dart will not be well worth the danger’

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I work within the centre of Dublin. Very completely happy working at house, Hesitant to take public transport. Regardless of what CIÉ say, masks aren’t obligatory, and after travelling by Dart a number of occasions I’ve determined it isn’t well worth the danger. I used to cycle in typically, however it’s simply too harmful. Drivers, significantly of taxis and buses, see you as an obstacle. – Michael Roberts

I hope to work a part of the time within the workplace and half at house. I will probably be driving, as I’m not snug on full-capacity public transport, which, earlier than Covid, was uncomfortably overcrowded (my journey concerned Dart, then Luas). The unfold of Covid amongst vaccinated is my solely cause for taking my automobile. – Ciara B, Dublin

I may simply take the Dart and the bus to my place of job, however there is no such thing as a means I’ll even take into account that till circumstances are means down. I do know too many individuals who’ve been vaccinated and nonetheless acquired Covid. Public transport is the place individuals are compelled to huddle collectively – prime floor for the virus to unfold. I will probably be driving to work for foreseeable future when required to be within the workplace and dealing from house in any other case. – Tom Cosgrave, Dublin

I’m nonetheless working from house however will probably be returning to an workplace quickly. I used to stroll to work however will probably be driving in after Covid, as my circumstances have modified. There is no such thing as a doubt that visitors has already elevated in my space in comparison with prepandemic norms, so I’m dreading the commute. Not solely is it horrible for the setting but it surely’s so awfully nerve-racking for the group and everybody’s psychological well being to pressure us all to hurry out and in of the town on the similar time every single day.

I’m so upset in us as a rustic that we select to organise ourselves this manner within the first place. Making 1000’s of individuals journey right into a metropolis on the similar time each morning and return house on the similar time each night is utter insanity. If we go up the chance to alter issues and make distant working the norm going ahead, then we’ll actually have let ourselves down. I believe probably the most gifted employees will probably be leaving jobs which don’t permit for distant working. As that occurs, companies which can be caught previously, with no distant working, will inevitably collapse, and distant working should change into the norm. – Conor Quinnlan, Kilmallock

Delighted to be again on the bicycle with some improved infrastructure. Being within the automobile makes me depressing, and as a trainer I don’t be ok with myself once I drive. Biking relieves me of among the guilt of contributing to the local weather disaster, and though my automobile is electrical I can’t justify the street house it takes for only one particular person, or the parking house it will occupy – which ought to be yard house for play. The train is making me really feel higher already too. – Annette Boles, Dublin

We purchased a long-tail ebike final 12 months after Covid hit and the roads grew to become quieter and safer to cycle on. Each our youngsters can sit securely on the again of it, and it reduces our morning commute from 40 minutes to 10. We love the contemporary air, and infrequently can we really want our moist gear. I solely want that the roads have been safer, that motorists revered cyclists a bit extra and that there have been segregated cycle lanes all through the town and suburbs. – Rebecca Flynn

I’ve labored within the workplace a number of days every week, by myself, for many of the final 18 months, and I cycle to work most days, rain or shine. I get into the workplace in about 10-Quarter-hour as a substitute of 45 minutes driving or the identical by practice/bus. It’s sooner, extra handy and higher for the setting. I additionally drive a automobile on the weekends and have discovered that a variety of automobile drivers within the metropolis are thoughtless/impolite and downright harmful to cyclists.

Individuals must be extra conscious, and as this is without doubt one of the way forward for transports on this planet – electrical depends too closely on battery energy – we actually ought to be pushing biking, not clinging to the final gasp of petrol energy. It’s by no means too chilly for the bike – there are issues referred to as jackets/coats that mitigate the chilliness. – Ruth Vallenduuk, Dublin

I’ve a 22km round-trip commute each day, and I began off with a automobile, which might have a journey time of approx 1 hour 15 minutes every means. I rapidly dumped the automobile in favour of a moped, which diminished the commute time to 35 minutes (together with massively lowering tax, insurance coverage and gas prices). I’ve lately invested in an electrical bicycle, and my commute time is now roughly 30 minutes every means.

Bike lanes can be found by means of 70 per cent of my journey. I nonetheless pay insurance coverage for the bike, and clearly my gas invoice has diminished once more. My intention is to maintain commuting by ebike, although I’m positive on snowy/icy days Dublin Bus could be the solely possibility. The bike has elevated my health degree and permits that each day little bit of contemporary air. I’d reasonably be rained on (and alter into dry garments) than sit in visitors. – Dave Fitzsimons, Dublin

I cycle out and in of labor. No ready, no congestion, no prices, no air pollution. Identical journey time every single day as a result of I’m not caught in visitors. The sections of my route on protected bike lanes are relaxed. Sadly, on among the means I’ve to look out for drivers updating Fb with one hand and consuming espresso with the opposite. – Ray Cunninghan, Dublin

I often have a 1½-hour commute every single day every means. This contains travelling to the practice station by automobile, catching the Dart to the town after which taking the Luas to my office. I’ve blended feelings relating to return to workplace (although for simply two or three days every week to start out with), the principle cause being the crowding on public transport, particularly the Luas, which is a nightmare.

I’ve additionally changed my commute time with one thing for myself within the morning, and that has saved me sane over the last 18 months. I additionally get much more time to spend with my younger boys, and even accumulating them from college is feasible now due to Covid. – Aswini Rajasekaran

As I reside and work in Dublin, I’ve at all times cycled to work. Rain or shine, even throughout snow, I get on my bike and head to work. That’s assorted from 5km to 12km every means. I’m fortunate, in that just about all my employers have supplied safe parking and beneficiant altering services. As soon as make money working from home began, the change in my routine was noticeable. I used to be extra drained, I placed on weight and I grew to become extra accustomed to the sofa as a substitute of train.

I’m actually trying ahead to getting again to the commute. Ignore all of the tales about commuting in Dublin. The climate is never a difficulty, particularly given the clothes and bike choices out there to commuters now. What’s actually exhausting to imagine is how many individuals nonetheless commute to the town by automobile, then complain about visitors. – Michael Hanley, Dublin

I began taking the practice once more three weeks in the past. It is extremely nice in the intervening time, as a result of the trains I take aren’t very busy, in contrast with being fully oversubscribed previous to Covid. – Marissa O’Keeffe

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