For another shorter holiday post I filmed a ride in Utrecht again. By mid-June the local radio and television channel RTV Utrecht reported that the traffic volumes were almost back at the levels of before the Corona “intelligent” lockdown, especially the number of people cycling. I found that very hard to believe judging from what I saw in the streets myself. Foreign observers also noticed it was less busy than usual, but the report was based on figures provided by the city.
A month into the lockdown cycling volumes had decreased by 80% on Vredenburg. I showed you what that looked like. Apparently by early June already 80% of the cycling volume figure for last year was reached again on Amsterdamsestraatweg. The number of private cars had reached 70% of last year’s figures on Westplein and Biltstraat by mid-May. The big difference in volume was in public transport. That was only at 17% of the amount of last year, by early June.
For the ride in this post I chose a route from the University Campus to Central Station in the city centre. Of course, the students had not returned yet to this location. Everybody studied from home as much as possible and that still is the case today (and there are also holidays now). Very clearly the levels on this particular route are not back to the levels of before March 2020 when the lockdown started. Below the video without any comments. I did add some comments to the pictures in this post. Enjoy the ride.
A ride in Utrecht. It is still more quiet than before the Corona Crisis.