Inrix 2021 Global Traffic Scorecard

7 Continents
50 Countries
1,000+ Cities

The 2021 Global Traffic Scorecard provides three years of mobility data for a more granular and holistic analysis of mobility within the world’s most congested cities. It continues to include travel delay comparisons, collision trends and last-mile speeds based on the unique commuting patterns within each metro area. Trips to downtown were also measured more in-depth in the 2021 Scorecard given the impact of COVID-19 on employment hubs.


A big study using big data

The global pandemic, and related government shutdowns, had dramatic and varying impacts on how much people drove in 2021.

  • United StatesUnited States
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • GermanyGermany
  • SpainSpain
  • CanadaCanada
  • Global

Select a country to see the top 5 cities with the largest delay.

Collisions changed from last year…

X% in the United States

X% in the United Kingdom

X% in Germany

X% in Spain

X% in Canada

… and became more deadly over time.

As traffic volume dropped due to the global pandemic, vehicle speeds increased, which has played a significant role in the rise of fatality rates around the world.

Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown

Work-from-home policies, restaurant, entertainment, fitness and other brick-and-mortar closures, along with limits on gatherings, had an outsized effect in the densest parts of each region.

Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown

COVID’s global effect on transportation

Hours Saved from Pre-COVID

Hours Lost in 2021

Change in Last Mile Speeds Compared to Pre-COVID

Year-Over-Year Change in Collisions

Fewer vehicles on the road in 2021 resulted in drivers saving money due to the lack of congestion

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United States Cost per Driver
Drivers in the U.S. saved $XX Compared to pre-COVID
United Kingdom Cost per Driver
Drivers in the U.K. saved $XX Compared to pre-COVID
Germany Cost per Driver
Drivers in Germany saved $XX Compared to pre-COVID

2021 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard Interactive Ranking & City Dashboards

Key Information & Definitions

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  • Urban Area: The geographic scope of a city as defined by its road network density.
  • Impact Rank: A calculated commute based upon a city’s population and the delay attributable to congestion.
  • Hours Lost in Congestion: The total number of hours lost in congestion during peak commute periods compared to free-flow conditions.
  • Incident Impact: The influence of incidents on travel time delays.
  • Year-Over-Year Change: The percentage difference in hours lost in congestion in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT): The amount of passenger travel within a geography for a specified time period.
  • Inner City Last-Mile Speed: The speed at which a driver can expect to travel one mile into the central business district during peak hours.
  • Bike and Public Transport Access: Commute mode travel time comparisons
Urban Area Impact Rank
(2020 Rank)
Hours Lost in Congestion
(2021 Rank)
Change from Pre-COVID Last Mile Speed (mph)

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