Cars remain the queens of journeys between home and work, but cycling and public transit have large
Traffic jams keep growing from year to year, the impact of cars on the environment and health is more and more proven. And the alternatives available to commuters to for their journeys between their home and office become more and more avialable.
Yet, more than 6 out of 10 Belgians continue to opt for the comfort and freedom of their cars to get to work. But there is a change in the air. 1 out of 4 Belgians has already adapted their travel behavior, and many of them declare that they want to do so in the coming years.
These conclusions come from an extensive survey by AG Insurance, with the support of Touring, which provides valuable insights into the habits and mobility of Belgians in their home-work journeys.
Car is still the queen, not ready to detroned
The car is the dominant means of transport among Belgians. Nearly 9 out of 10 families (88%) have at least one car, 30% have more than one. This domination continues as 22% of families bought a car last year and 1 in 4 (25%) plans to buy a car this year.
Only a little over one in two (53%) families have at least one bike. But this percentage is twice as high in Flanders as in Wallonia (68% versus 32% respectively). The electric bike occupies an increasingly important place. One household out of 7 (14%) already has an electric bike, again especially in Flanders: 18% against 8% in French-speaking Belgium.
Not surprisingly, the phenomenon of company cars remains widespread in Belgium. One in five (19%) families have at least one company car. If we look only at the labor force, even one in three households (36%) owns at least one. This is especially true for the youngest households. Among 25- to 34-year-olds, this number rises to almost 4 in 10 (39%).
Home-work distance: closer than we think …
How many kilometers do Belgians make to reach their place of work? And how much time do they spend to get there? The AG Insurance survey provides some interesting observations.
- 1 in 2 Belgians (49%) live within 10 km of their place of work. Only 1 in 4 (27%) have to travel more than 20 km to work.
- Just 1 in 3 commuters need more than 35 minutes to get to work. 1 in 3 even travels in less than a quarter of an hour.
But car remains the preference
Despite the fact that half of the active population lives within 10 km of their workplace, 62% of the workforce commutes to work. Less than 1 in 5 of those, active in the workforce (23%) use the means of public transport, 1 in 5 use a bike (electric or not).
But who are these car buffs and what is the distance to their place of work? The survey shows that 58% of active people who live within 10 km of their workplace use their car for their commutes.
If we look at it from another angle: 41% of people who use the car to get to work live within 10 km of their place of work. Stimulating these workers to opt for cycling, other means of transport or for public transport could have a major impact on the lines and on the environment.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on Go Car. Photo credit – public domain.