Dublin remains among top 25 most Congested Cities in World
Dublin is in the top 25 most congested cities in the world, even with the decreased traffic numbers experienced during the pandemic.
This is according to the location technology specialist TomTom, whose annual traffic index details the traffic situation in 2020 in over 400 cities in 57 countries.
Dublin ranked 21st on their index, while Limerick ranked 71st and Cork placed 100 on the congestion index. Belfast ranks as the fifth most congested city in the UK and 104th overall.
Overall, Ireland saw a 27 per cent average decrease in congestion during rush hours in 2020.
Embracing the Outdoors
Core’s latest report, Health 2021, highlights the nation’s attitudes and intentions towards wellbeing, diet, and exercise for the coming year.
Overall, three quarters of the Irish public consider themselves as healthy or very healthy. Physical activity will be an important element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the coming year with 88% intending to ‘make sure they exercise’ in 2021.
The number of people who exercise daily has grown, now standing at 28% up 6% compared to last year. Eight in ten are exercising at least once a week.
With sport and gym activity currently restricted, core suggests that exercising closer to home will be a prime focus in 2021 with individual outdoor activity such as walking, running and cycling making up the majority of exercise that people are currently participating in.
As outlined in the report, the trend of individual outdoor activity will continue and leads the way in terms of intent for 2021 with walking seeing the biggest increase in intentions. Cycling, hiking and running also recorded increased intentions for the year ahead.
Getting outdoors will also be an important aspect for maintaining good well-being in 2021. Social life was another important element when it came to well-being with face to face interactions with family and friends and socialising high on the agenda.
Greater Appetite for Outdoor Pursuits Post COVID.
A European focused study commissioned by the European Outdoor Group and It’s Great Out There Coalition reveals a greater appetite for outdoor activities after COVID-19 lockdowns.
Almost three-quarters (70%) of the respondents to the survey stated that they miss being able to do outdoor activities as often as usual. With the pandemic and lockdown orders hampering much of our routines and activities, over half (58%) said that they missed outdoor activities above all else while restrictions have been in place.
In the research report, pent up demand for outdoor pursuits is evident with seven in ten people looking forward to engaging in more outdoor activities post COVID.
Similar to the Core research, getting outdoors is considered essential to people’s well-being with nearly nine in ten respondents agreeing with the proposed statement.
All in all, both research studies highlight a greater appreciation and appetite for outdoor pursuits and recreation and shows the nation is still moving and active, albeit in a more localised setting.