Thanks to Mark Wagenbuur’s excellent blog about cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands, BICYCLE DUTCH, I’ve been able to gather some up-to-date statistics on the use of bikes in Amsterdam.
It makes encouraging and inspiring reading.
* Amsterdam’s population: 799,406 of 177 different nationalities
It will soon be 799,408 when Mevrouw T and I arrive back there.
* Amsterdam has an estimated 881,000 bicycles
We have five between us, not counting those we own in Australia.
* 85% of the residents in the centre own one or more bicycles
Yes, it’s nice to be part of a majority.
*In Amsterdam, the bicycle is the most popular means of transport. More than 60% of the movements within the A10 motorway ring road are by bicycle
We don’t have a car there. Who needs one?
* In the city centre 70% of all journeys are by bicycle.
It’s 20 minutes to Centraal Station from our place by bike, half of it a lovely ride through the Vondelpark. It’s easily the most pleasant way to get around.
* Since 1990, the use of bicycles within the A10 ring road has grown by 44%
Residents and business owners give a score of 8.3 (on a scale from 1 to 10) to accessibility of the city by bicycle.
We’d score it a 9 at least, though it helps to be confident and a bit pushy.
* There are more than 44,000 bicycle parking spaces in the city centre.
Still not enough in some parts of town.
* In 2012, 12,000 abandoned or broken bicycles were removed from the city centre. In addition, another 30,000 wrongly parked bicycles were removed from the Central Railway Station island and from the area around Leidseplein.
I’d like to know how many are retrieved from the canals each year too.
* 1 in 5 of the people of Amsterdam are annoyed by bicycle wrecks on the street.
The other 4 people must be photographers. An abandoned bike on a bridge, especially if it’s covered in snow, enhances any canal shot.
We’ll be back in the land of the bike very soon. I’m enjoying riding round Sydney, and well done those councils who are improving the infrastructure here. A lot of progress is being made, but the Dutch are still way ahead.