Brussels: one in three willing to share instead of owning a car
According to a recent Harry Interactive study, ordered by car-sharing company, Drivy, 31% of Brussels citizens say they could abandon their cars. The conditions are a better public transport network or an increased number of shared vehicles. In total, 84% of them think that reducing the number of cars in the city would enhance the quality of life.
Car-sharing company Drivy – recently purchased by the American Getaround – has asked Harry Interactive to get a clearer view of the opinion of big-city dwellers on mobility. The company surveyed around 4.000 people in eight European cities.
The study shows that 31% of interrogated Brussels citizens have said to be ready to abandon their cars. It’s a better average than other cities, such as Hamburg (23%) or Berlin (27%). It is a lot less than numbers from major capital cities, such as London (43%) or Paris (50%).
Specifically, 47% of Brussels citizens would be ready to swap their cars for public transport if the offer was better. Furthermore, 28% of them would choose a shared car if it was available in their street.
“Not only do 85% of Brussels citizens declare that the city suffers from congestion and pollution, 84% of them think that reducing the number of cars would significantly enhance the quality of life,” details Drivy. The survey also shows that 57% of the interrogated citizens use their cars at most once a week.
What is most impressive with the Drivy-ordered study is that only 18% of surveyed people would consider bicycles or motorbikes. However, 74% of them also declare to be favorable to the construction of new cycling paths.
“These results prove that the era of private cars has come to an end. Citizens perceive passenger cars and unused ones as responsible for congestion and urban pollution, and they are becoming increasingly conscious of their impact on the quality of life,” analyzes Paulin Dementhon, founder and CEO of Drivy.