Brussels: 36% of 356.000 daily commuters come by car
Every day, the Brussels Region attracts 356.000 Flemish and Walloon commuters, six out of ten from Flanders, and four out of ten from Wallonia. 36% of them use a car, compared to 12 years earlier. This is shown by new figures from Mini-Bru 2020, the annual brochure of the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis.
The other way round, 74.000 inhabitants of Brussels commute to the north or south of the country, seven out of ten to Flanders, and three out of ten to Wallonia. Of them 36% used the car in 2017, compared to 45% in 2005
More use of public transport
Figures on commuting between home and work also show that car use fell sharply from 45% to 36% between 2005 and 2017. This decrease has benefited public transport: the train (34% of the total in 2017, an increase with 2% compared to 2005), and even urban public transport – accounting for 19% of journeys in 2017, or an increase by 4% compared to 2005.
Soft mobility on the rise
During this period, the share of soft mobility as a means of commuting also increased at the expense of the car. In the year 2017, 4,4% of employees took the bicycle to go to work (1,2% in 2005), and 3,5% of them chose to go on foot (2,6% in 2005).
Furthermore, the figures also show that 488.895 cars were registered in the Brussels Region, al slight increase compared to 2005 (approximately +2.000). Another remarkable observation is the evolution of the average number of cyclists per intersection. In ten years, this has doubled, from just under 150 to approximately 320 cyclists.
The number of traffic accidents with deaths and casualties has also sharply decreased: from 5.019 to 3.833 injuries, although there are still more compared to 2004 when there were 3.678 casualties. The number of fatalities (within 30 days) fell from 28 to 21.
The new Mini-Brus 2020 “with a wealth of information for all those who feel involved with the Brussels Region”, dixit Brussels minister Sven Gatz (Open VLD) is available on the website of the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA).