New means of transport gaining groundMonday, 07 January 2019 18:05
The percentage of market share the new modes of transport now have is equivalent to that of motor-cycles, Vias stresses. “The survey was conducted in late October, early November, before an important firm that rents out electric scooters came and set up shop in Brussels,” notes Vias CEO Karin Genoe, implying that the market share of users of the new devices may have increased further since the study.
In fact, in mid-November, the Lime company from the United States joined Troty and Bird in Brussels, offering patrons shared, geo-localised scooters linked to specific applications.
Cars remain the preferred means of transport in Belgium, with 79% of respondents confirming that they took the wheel at least once in 2018. However, public transport is gaining in popularity, with one out of two Belgians (48%) saying they had used such transport at least once during the one-year period preceding the study, up from 41% in the previous edition of the survey. About 72% of Brussels dwellers used public transport in 2018, as against 61% for cars.
While people in Flanders were also major users of public transport (50%), Walloons were much less enthusiastic about using them (36%).
The survey further shows that 8% of Belgians were the victims of an accident with material damage in 2018, a 2%-drop from the preceding year, Mobility Minister Francoise Bellot, explained.
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