Alternative transport gains popularity for commuting in Belgium
More and more Belgians are looking for alternative means of transport to commute. One in four Belgians has already adapted his travel behaviour, and the same group wants to do so in the coming years. Yet the car continues to rule. This is the conclusion of a survey among 1.514 people by insurer AG Insurance.
Almost one Belgian in four already uses train, tram or bus more often to go to work. To a slightly lesser extent, 22% now say they already use the (electric) bicycle more often, and 15% of Belgians already do more carpooling than before.
Teleworking can also be an alternative to relieve congested roads. Already 28% of workers work from home or from a place other than their workplace. Especially 18 to 24-year-olds make frequent use of this, almost 1 in 2 young people do teleworking.
Public transport scores poorly
However, commuters are least satisfied with public transport (51%). This seems to be related to delays. On average, Belgian car commuters are stuck in traffic for 12 minutes a day, while the average public transport user loses 16 minutes a day in delays.
Poor connections, delays and cancellations are the main reasons why commuters do not plan to take more public transport in the future.
Car remains incredibly popular
The car remains the dominant mode of transport of the Belgian. Logical too as 9 out of 10 families (88%) have at least one car, 30% have more than one. In contrast, only a little more than one in two families (53%) have at least one bicycle, but this percentage is twice as high in Flanders as in Wallonia (68% compared to 32% respectively).
More than 60% of the active population mainly uses its cars to go to work. This while more than 40% of all car commuters live at a maximum of 10 km from work. Company cars also remain widespread in Belgium – 10% of all cars driving around in Belgium are company cars and younger households in particular have a company car.
Public transport versus private car
Stimulating these workers to choose cycling, other means of transport or public transport could h ave a significant impact on traffic-jams and the environment, AG Insurance says.
Although one in four Belgians want to use the bicycle to get to work in the coming years and one in five Belgians workers have the intention to take public transport more often or use carpooling more regularly, 57% of Belgians do not intend to commute by public transport in the coming years.
On the other hand, more than 6 in 10 households would be willing to use public transport more often if it were more accessible, more punctual and cheaper. These figures show that investments in a more extensive, efficient and affordable public transport network could reduce car use, particularly for journeys between home and work.