Apple’s routing requests reveal daily trends in mobility in terms of driving, walking and public transport. The latest data, up to May 26th, shows that driving mobility is up 8% this week compared to last and 96% up on the low point of April 14th. Transit is up 13% this week and has more than doubled since April 14th. Interestingly, walking is down 2% on the week, perhaps indicating a movement back to other transport forms as restrictions have been eased. As a whole, mobility is up 6% this week and 93% on the lowest point.
Apple mobility data also shows that average weekly driving activity in Northern Ireland at the beginning of April dropped to 42% of previous baseline levels. Since then there has been a steady rise in driving activity over the past 8 weeks, increasing to 73% of the baseline value (Apple data as of 24th May 2020). For the week ending 24th May the average driving activity increased by 21% compared to the prior week.
Footfall activity around Grocery locations remain strong at 85% of the baseline, an increase of 18% in activity over the past 8 weeks (Google data as of 21st May). The latest data also reports footfall activity around Parks at 108% of baseline, with a 50% increase in activity over the past 8 weeks. As restrictions continue to ease, we anticipate the mobility levels will increase accordingly.
Amárach Public Opinion Tracker
45% of males and 38% of females have travelled further than 5KM in a single journey in the past week, according to new figures from Amárach. The 35-44 age group is the one to have travelled more than 5KM the most in that period. The research also shows that Dubliners are stuck more rigidly to their 5KM radius with 30% travelling beyond that distance, compared to 46% in Munster.