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Most dynamically growing mode of transport

Strong increase in bicycle traffic in Dresden

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Dresden bei Nacht © Alexander Hunger

Cycle traffic is growing fastest in Dresden - 60 percent more cyclists in the last ten years - Number of car rides remains stable

Every year in September, on the city bridges, crossings by cars, cyclists and pedestrians are counted in one day for all three types of traffic. The analysis of the latest data shows a significant increase in cycle traffic and, to a lesser extent, pedestrian traffic. Car traffic in Dresden is stagnating.

The evaluation of the count data for the Elbe bridges in Dresden over the last ten years showed an increase in cyclists of 59.1 percent overall. In 2009, 22,428 cyclists were registered on Dresden's inner-city bridges on the count day between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., compared with 35,694 cyclists in 14 hours in 2018. The largest increase in cyclists between 2009 and 2018 was on the Flügelweg Bridge and the Carola Bridge. The number of cyclists on the Flügelweg Bridge has doubled in the last ten years. On the north-south link on the Carola Bridge, 81.1 percent more cyclists were counted in 2018 than in 2009., and on the Marienbrücke 62.1 percent more cyclists wer counted. The main connection for Dresden's cyclists remains the Albert Bridge with 9,478 cyclists in September 2018. Cycling is thus by far the most dynamically growing mode of transport in Dresden in the last ten years.

Second place among the increases in bridge crossings is taken by public transport in Dresden. Here the current figures for 2018 are not yet available, but between 2009 and 2017 an increase of 16 percent was documented by the bridge counts. Whereas in 2008 88,170 passengers crossed the inner-city Elbe bridges every day, by 2017 the figure had risen to 102,186.

The number of distances covered on foot has risen by more than eleven percent in the last ten years. The number of cars counted on the same inner-city bridges has risen by only 0.4 percent since 2009, although Dresden has seen an increase in population for years.

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