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Everyday mobility is becoming healthier

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to major changes in mobility, as a representative survey by the opinion research institute TQS on behalf of the VCÖ shows. 

“The biggest increase is walking, before cycling. When it comes to cars, there is a fifth of those in employment who drive more, compared to a third who drive less. Public transport is used significantly less. The majority of the population expects more pedestrian and also more bicycle traffic in the long term ”, reads the broadcast of the VCÖ.

And also: “62 percent expect that the increase in cycling is not just a short-term trend, but a long-term development. 51 percent expect that more people will walk in the longer term. 45 percent assume that car traffic will increase. One in five expects that public transport will increase, but one in three expects fewer passengers in the long term. Even two thirds think that there will be less flown in the long term, only ten percent expect more air traffic. "

VCÖ expert Michael Schwendinger says: “The fact that Austria's population is willing to cover more everyday trips on foot and by bike is very positive from both a health and an environmental perspective. There is a demand for transport policy in cities and municipalities to give active mobility more space. The need for improvement in this regard is very great in many places. "

The survey was carried out by the opinion research institute TQS, representative of Austria (18 to 69 year olds). Sample: 1.000 people, survey period: October 2020.

Proportion of people who use the respective form of mobility more often or less often than before the Covid 19 pandemic - difference to 100%: no change:

  • Walking: 43 percent more often - 16 percent less
  • Bicycle: 26 percent more often - 18 percent less
  • Car (driving): 20 percent more often - 32 percent less
  • Car (traveling with you): 12 percent more often - 32 percent less
  • Local public transport: 8 percent more often - 42 percent less
  • Long-distance rail transport: 5 percent more frequently - 41 percent less

Source: TQS, VCÖ 2020

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Written by Karin Bornett

Freelance journalist and blogger in the Community option. Technology-loving Labrador smoking with a passion for village idyll and a soft spot for urban culture.

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