Benidorm registered more vehicles in the city in August than in 2019

September 15, 2021
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Traffic in Benidorm reached levels higher in August than those registered in the same month of 2019, in the time before the pandemic, according to data provided by the Councilor for Mobility, José Ramón González de Zárate, who also specified that there was “more cars than two years ago ”, with some days in which the number of vehicles than then was exceeded by 30%.

An example of this is the blue zone. Regulated parking registered throughout the month of August percentages higher than those of the same month of 2019. Only one day, precisely on the 30th August , a lower parameter of just 5% was reported. The rest of the month the number of cars was always higher, with peaks of 30% more on the 7th, 28.5% more on the 24th or 25% on the 28th.

In the global of the month, the number of vehicles that parked in the blue zone was an average 12% higher than the figure for 2019. "In general there was less occupation of people, but more vehicles," explained the councilor, who specified that the The city had "more traffic and cars than in 2019, the best year of all time." The truth, González de Zárate continued, is that “we did not expect this flood of cars”, which he attributed to national tourism and the fact that, as there is little British market, “there have been fewer buses, which have been replaced by Spanish cars. who have also stayed at the Rincón de Loix ”.

The councilor has abounded in that sense that "there have not been as many people as in 2019, but the concept has changed and they no longer come on the AVE, by bus or by plane." In addition, it has indicated that, despite the fact that there have been "difficult moments" in terms of retentions "we have not had problems of collapses" and has advanced that there has also been a "significant reduction in the number of accidents".

González de Zárate has underlined the fact that the city has some 80,000 public and private parking spaces and 23,000 registered cars. "Therefore we have the potential for about 60,000 vehicles to park," he added. 

Regarding the traffic of vehicles on the main roads of the city, a similar growing trend is observed in all of them from January to August. Thus, in the pedestrian section of Avenida del Mediterráneo, when the speed control was installed at the end of March, the passage of vehicles was about 5,400 a day. When the State of Alarm ended on 9th May, the daily passage of vehicles through this section was already 6,493.

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From then until the end of August there was a sustained increase until the end of the month with 9,372 vehicles per day and a maximum peak that occurred the week of 9th - 16th August, totaling 9,824 daily.

Something similar happened with another of the great thoroughfares, Avenida Comunidad Valenciana. When the speed control was installed, the daily passage of vehicles was about 6,400. At the end of the State of Alarm, this figure had already risen to 7,110 vehicles / day. The trend followed the same trend until the end of the limitation to night mobility, at the end of July, when the figure was 9,086 vehicles per day. Until the end of August, the average continued to grow until the end of the month with 9,922 vehicles per day, with the maximum peak rising in the week of 16th -23rd  August with 10,176 vehicles.

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Finally, another data that reflects the density of traffic in Benidorm is found at the entrances through the Levante area in the month of August. According to data from the Department of Mobility, in the week from 4 to 7, there were more than 29,000 vehicles per day. From the 9th to the 13th the figure exceeded 30,000 and from the 16th to the 18th the maximum peak was reached with almost 31,000 vehicles.

As of 23rd August, there was a gradual decrease. From just over 27,000 vehicles a day, it went down to 19,000 on 29th August and just under 23,000 on the last day of the month.    

"These are important data that lead us to think about establishing more deterrent car parks" insisted the mayor, who has also described as "very positive" that the national market and the countries around us have thought of Benidorm to spend their holidays.