Amsterdam: for the first time more transfers by bike than by car
The bicycle is the means of transport used most often in Amsterdam. Over the period 2005-2007 inhabitants of Amsterdam used their bikes on average 0.87 times a day, compared to 0.84 for their cars. This is the first time that bicycle use exceeds car use.
In 2006 the inhabitants of Amsterdam engaged in some 2 million transfers a day, an 8% reduction compared to 1990. This is caused by the fact that the number of transfers per person per day has fallen from 3.6 to 3.1 per cent. Particularly within the ring road, the old city, the number of transfers has fallen. The number of transfers by car, compared to 1990, has fallen in all districts (-14%), whereas the number of transfers by bicycle has only risen within the ring road (+36%). In the town centre the bike is used most often (41% versus an average of 28%) and the car least often (10% versus an average of 28%). This can be attributed to the restrictive parking policies enacted here since the 1990’s.
Dienst Infrastructuur en Beheer registered approximately 235,000 car movements in both directions at Singelgracht in 1990; by 2006 this had fallen to 172,000, a decrease of over a quarter. Over the same period the number of daily movements by bicycle rose from 86,000 to over 140,000 (+60%). The bicycle routes to the town centre used most often are Ferdinand Bolstraat, Weesperzijde, Elandsgracht and Spiegelstraat.