Belgians travel mostly on foot and by car, with bicycle gaining popularity

Belgians made most of their journey on foot and by car in 2022, with the two most popular alternatives being public transport and cycling, a survey conducted by the Federal Public Service Mobility shows.

The most frequently used modes of transport are walking (95 per cent) and by car (94 per cent), which survey respondents said they did at least three times a week.

Sustainable mobility is gaining ground among modes of transportation, partly because of environmental and climate challenges, the survey among 4,600 citizens aged between 18 and 79 shows. Almost a third of cyclists plan to cycle more in the coming year, while a fifth of non-cyclists say they want to start cycling.

Even if these intentions do not always translate into behavioural change, the agency says in a press release, the high figures show the growing popularity of cycling.

Electric bikes, too, continue to gain popularity. Fourteen per cent of non-electric bicycle users said they would consider replacing their bicycle with an electric model in the future for some trips. Meanwhile, 44 per cent of those surveyed say they never cycle. The figures for non-cyclists show regional differences, with 26 per cent of people in Flanders saying they never cycle, compared to 65 per cent in Brussels and 70 per cent in Wallonia.




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