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Bikes out-tripped Amsterdam autos
New data indicates that bike trips now outnumber cars journeys in Amsterdam.
10 February 2009. From 2005-2007 Amsterdamers used their bikes on average 0.87 times a day, compared to 0.84 for their cars.
Although Amsterdam is one of the world’s leading bike riding cities, this is the first time that bicycle use has exceeded car use.
Travellers made about two million trips a day in 2006 a day, an 8 per cent drop compared to 1990. But car trips fell 14 per cent, particularly in the old city within the ring road.
Within the ring road bike trips were up by 36 per cent.
In the town centre bikes are 41 per cent of the time and the car only 10 per cent.
The Dutch believe this can be attributed to the restrictive parking policies introduced in Amsterdam in the 1990s.