Post-Covid-19 mobility in Belgium: no significant change
According to data from an online survey realized by Ivox for the federal government service Mobility and Transport, the corona health crisis won’t have changed mobility significantly in Belgium.
The majority of respondents see no impact, but most of them call for more telework. Judging by the data, public transport will take the biggest hit while the share of cycling and walking increases, particularly in cities.
Those who hoped for drastic changes in mobility patterns in the post-corona period will be disappointed. Most Belgians haven’t seen any change in their mobility habits, but there are a few nuances.
The car still dominates, but there could be fewer trips; public transport could experience a prolonged disgrace, and cycling and walking will see an increase. That is what comes out of a survey done by Ivox for FGS Mobility and Transport. Between June 5 and 14, 2 000 people were interrogated online about their mobility behavior.
Most of the respondents (43%) believe that the crisis will have no impact on their mobility. Furthermore, nine in ten wish not to change their main mode of transport for commuting. Still, for 27% of them, a change is about to come due to the growth of teleworking.
However, that is not enough. “If the worker’s wishes were met, the average number of teleworking days would be multiplied by 3, from 0,4 to 1,2,” sais the survey. Comfort reasons here are prevailing.
According to the survey’s findings, the share of public transport for the whole country will drop from 25 to 21%. Those of bikes and walking will respectively grow from 11 to 15% and from 5 to 6%. In cities, this modal switch is much more present. In Brussels, the share of public transport is said to go from 40% to only 22%.
The health crisis will have left its mark on public transport, in spite of the many efforts from operators to keep their subways, buses, and trams as clean as possible.
With the good weather, one in three respondents notes that they walk more than before the lockdown. Cycling also got a boost, but on that matter, the majority of respondents say they are ready to continue to do so if the infrastructure follows.