Nine in ten commuters use their car in Walloon Brabant
A recent study from HR bureau Acerta notes that 87% of commuters in Walloon Brabant used their cars to work in 2020. This is much more than the national average of 60%, but the bureau notes the share of company cars is high in the province, as is the length of the average daily commute. For the rest, 10,7% of them used public transport, and cycling only represented 5,4%.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic, the good weather, and the flourishing of telework, plus the ‘covid- cycling lanes‘ pushed commuters toward cycling. On the national level, one out of three work-home trips was done on a bike. Brussels and Flanders carried this impressive number. It’s a whole other story in Wallonia.
9 out of 10 used cars
Nothing is new here: the car has always been more present in commuting in Wallonia than in any other Region. This is due to the lack of infrastructure for cycling or public transport services and the fact that the average length of the Walloon’s daily commute is higher. At the edge of Wallonia sits Walloon Brabant, and despite being near Brussels with good public transport services, the car is still dominant.
According to a recent study from HR bureau Acerta, nine commuters from Walloon Brabant out of ten (87%) have used their cars to work in 2020. This is much more than the national average (60%). Noting that five out of ten private employees in Belgium have a company car, Acerta also points out that 2020 was a special year.
Indeed, with the pandemic, telework took over. When employees had to go to work, they preferred to use the car due to the lower traffic. “Telework will evolve progressively this year, and we’ll shift to a hybrid model.
For many trips, workers will still use their (company) cars in association with other means, or not. But, if they only go twice a week to the office, the kilometers, driven for commuting will drop drastically,” notes Michaël Zahlen, Legal Consultant at Acerta.
Bike: only 5,4%
Whereas one Belgian out of three uses a bike to go to work, the share of cycling in Walloon Brabant only adds up to 5,4%. This low number still represents a 146,5% increase compared to five years ago, but it’s still far from the other Belgian provinces.
For the Walloon Brabant citizens, public transport is the second choice. One out of ten (10,7%) uses it to go to work, and 9,7% uses the bus, tram, and train for all of their trips. Finally, while on average, the Belgian works 20 km away from home, the average work-to-home distance for Walloon Brabant’s inhabitants is 24 km.