Over 100,000 people attended Sunday’s Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, a seaside town just outside of Amsterdam. So, you guessed it, they rode their bikes. Formula 1 estimated on social media that 97 percent of attendees used sustainable transportation to get to the track this weekend.
That’s because cars were essentially banned from the local roads. Zandvoort only has 17,000 inhabitants, and last weekend they welcomed 300,000 visitors. So they knew they couldn’t allow car traffic. Which wasn’t a problem at all for spectators, many of whom are used to biking everywhere they go. And the bike parking lot was impressive to say the least. Even police, paramedics, and security were patrolling on bikes. According to the BBC , the Dutch event had a goal to be the most sustainable on the F1 calendar. “Almost a third of supporters are expected to arrive by public transport, a third by bicycle or scooter, and the rest will travel by foot, coach or cab,” event organizers predicted leading up to the race.
More From Bicycling play icon The triangle icon that indicates to play Video player poster image There was a train running every five minutes between Amsterdam Central and Zandvoort, and a fleet of electric buses to carry fans to stops just outside the stadium.
The BBC reported that Zandvoort has been praised by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali for delivering “fresh air,” and helping to set a precedent for modern era Grand Prix events.
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