Pierre Bourgeois, 66, has abandoned his car for a year to put himself on the electric scooter.
“I was fed up with driving in the Brussels Region so I bought an electric bike and an electric scooter. Each of my trips has a range of fewer than 30 km, so that I can move everywhere in Brussels on a scooter or an e-bike. I either go directly or combine with other modes of transport. This is multimodality in action” says Pierre. “I’m having fun when I’m on a scooter! Every trip becomes a pleasure.”
In addition to the practical aspect of moving around on an e-bike or a scooter, Pierre also enjoys the fun of it. “Instead of moping behind my steering wheel in traffic jams, I hop on the bike paths and I am on the move in two seconds. I’m gaining a lot of time while having fun”, continues Pierre, who has already 600 km on his new modes of electric transportation.
The multi-mob experience
It is to incite the population to act like Pierre, the MR group in the Brussels parliament, via deputies Anne-Charlotte d’Ursel and Olivier de Clippele, has just tabled a resolution to organize mobility coaching for the trips home-work: the multi-mob experience.
“The mobility offer is changing dramatically: it can no longer be limited to the choice between private cars, bicycles and public transport. Let’s also not forget trains, which are still not widely known and used in the region. There are new shared mobility packages, electric or not, folding or not and all new micro-mobility: scooters, mono-wheels, Segways, skateboards, hoverboards that fit easily into public transport” the deputies explain.
“The goal of the multi-mob experience is to increase the number of car drivers who leave their cars at home for their daily commutes. Multi-mob helps to choose alternative modes of transport. It encourages personal mobility and adapting the commute to live and work in a more environmentally friendly way.”
“The goal is to find a route that is for everyone the safest, the fastest, the most comfortable, the most adapted to the wishes of the former motorist, which could include cycling, public transport (metro, tram, bus or train in Brussels), shared mobility, electric mobility or micro-mobility. It could be a mix of these different modes of transport,” explains Anne-Charlotte d’Ursel.
There are different ideas on how to provide coaching and information about these new transportation options. “In the municipalities, there are competent mobility advisers who know their territory as their own backyards. There are e-bike rental locations, shared vehicles, shops to purchase e-bikes and scooters. These mobility advisors have regular contact with their colleagues and other trainers in Brussels, as well as councilors in charge of Agenda 21 program, which provides local subsidies,” says Olivier de Clippele.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on DHNet. Photo credit – DHNet.