Traffic grows as non-essential shops reopen
The latest traffic and cycling volume statistics from ITS (UK) partner the Transport Technology Forum suggest that the reopening of shops led to a significant increase in the amount of traffic in towns and cities across England.
Figures gathered from a number of local authorities and regions suggested that traffic flow last week was around 23% lower than pre-Coronavirus levels, an increase of seven percentage points in a week.
The week also saw the largest increase in hourly average vehicle counts compared to previous lockdown weeks, suggesting the relaxing of restrictions was resulting in more traffic.
The week saw a rise in cycling numbers, probably due to the better weather.
The TTF also highlights best practice shared by local authorities, including a bid to trial electronic scooters as a mobility solution, the UK’s first junction with fully-segregated lanes for bicycles, an initiative for the public to come up with their ideas, electric buses and long-term plans for cycling.
You can read the full report here.