Belgium in Brief: Do You Need Your Car?

Belgium in Brief: Do You Need Your Car?

Ok, I realise that this question may ruffle a few feathers. Hear me out though.

Do you need your car? Because a sustainability initiative from the Brussels-Capital Region might be giving you a reason to ditch your car in favour of mobility alternatives.

So, would you?

Think about it. How much do you really use your car? If it’s a lot, then this is presumably not for you. But what if you’re an occasional user?

Depending on where you are coming from, Brussels (and Belgium) actually have pretty good public transport options. If your average journey can be quicker, easier, and (sometimes) cheaper by other means… then would you?

To sweeten the deal, Brussels City is offering financial incentives to anyone in the region who opts for alternative modes. These include car-sharing platforms and a bicycle budget, giving users much more flexibility without the hassle of owning a vehicle and the associated costs.

As someone who can’t even drive, this is kind of a moot point for me. I bought an electric bike and have accepted that my grocery runs will just be a bit damp in the winter months.

And if you were to give up your car, how would you replace it? How would you change your life to this new world?

A lot of questions, so let’s open this up to the floor. Let @johnstonjules know. 

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