How will you commute to campus?
Walking, cycling and taking public transport are great ways of incorating physical activity into your day with a minimum of effort. If you're interested in mental or physical health, it's a no brainer.
Healthy Trinity suggests that those who live within 5kms of campus who can do so, walk or cycle. Below are some frequently asked questions about commuting to Trinity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far can I walk or cycle in half an hour?
Is it safe to cycle in Dublin?
In our 2018 travel survey, 87% of the Trinity community questioned the safety of cycling in Dublin and 91% wanted segregated cycling or quiet ways to increase cycle safety. Full report here. Trinity has made this submission to Dublin City Council asking for protected cycling infrastructure and lower speed limits in Dublin. We fully support Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority's plan to reopen the city and believe that improved cycling infrastructure and lower traffic speeds would make cycling safer.
Where can I buy a bike?
New bikes: There are bike shops all over Dublin. While we have our favourites, it would be unfair of us to recommend one.
Second-hand bikes: Many bike shops stock second hand bikes. Bikes are regularly for sale on adverts.ie or donedeal.ie.
Are there bike share options in Dublin?
Bleeper Bikes are also a very affordable alternative to owning your own bike and are on campus. They're like Dublin Bikes but you can park them all over the city, not just at bike park stations. We have a bleeper bike location behind the Old Library and outside the Chemistry Building on our College Green campus and in Trinity Hall. Bleeper rent push bikes and e-bikes.
There's also a private Bleeper Bike Scheme in Trinity Hall. That means only Trinity Hall residents can use those Bleeper Bikes. They're so handy! Contact Trinity Hall JCR for details.
Should I get an e-bike?
Moby e-bike bike share is now available in Dublin and Bleeper Bike have e-bikes available. E-bikes are an excellent option for longer distances and are eligible to be bought under the staff bike to work scheme.
Where can I park my bike?
As of July 2020 our College Green campus has outdoor bike parking, secure parking and inclusive parking. TBSI has underground parking. On our St. James's, Tallaght and Trinity Hall campuses, parking is on outdoor racks. Further bike parking is being installed during summer 2020.
Can I apply for the bike to work scheme?
The Bike to Work Scheme is open monthly for staff. The Closing date for submitting applications is the 10th of each month. In order to proceed with an online application, you must have your Trinity email address and staff number. More details here.
Is Trinity telling me I have to walk or cycle if I live within 5km?
Absolutely not. Healthy Trinity is suggesting that getting into the habit of active commuting will help with your mental and physical health. Obviously, it's up to you how you travel and you know what fits your lifestyle best.
Who won't be able to walk or cycle?
Obviously, people who live far away will also not be able to walk or cycle. 80% of the Trinity community however, commutes within 10km of campus.
How did you choose the 2km/5km distances?
The 2km/5km walk/cycle distances were chosen because:
- The limited literature available e.g. this Spanish paper and this Danish one, both focused on distances of approx. 2km and 5km;
- Trinity wished to align to the Enabling the City to return to Work plan published by our partners in Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority. It recommends 2km/5km;
- By including a return walk of 2km or cycle of 5km in their day, people will achieve the national physical activity recommendations.
Shouldn't the limits be higher than 2km/5km? I walk/cycle much further.
The further you walk or cycle, the better. People who commute actively have a significantly reduced risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease incidence and diabetes, are more productive and are happier with their commute. Well done for walking/cycling further. Keep it up! You're making yourself healthier and you're leaving space on public transport for those who need it.
Could I walk or cycle part of the journey?
Yes. You might find public transport becomes very busy as you approach the city centre. Could you get off public transport earlier? The biggest determinant of modal choice is time so it may not be feasible to incorporate a walk or cycle (possibly using bike share) on your commute but maybe you could consider doing so.
Is it practical to expect people to walk or cycle during an Irish winter?
In the Netherlands, which has higher annual rain fall than Ireland, over 50% of trips are made by bicycle. In Copenhagen, 62% of people commute to work by bicycle. As their neighbours in Norway say, there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. We think this is an interesting read about weather and commuting.
Does Trinity have a bike buddy scheme?
We have had bike buddy schemes in the past and will reestablish the scheme if there is sufficient demand. To register your interest, email Dr. Mike McKillen.
Is there a Student Bike to College scheme like the staff Bike to Work Scheme?