You may have seen the results of the Acerta surveys on mobility in 2020. Of course, 2020 has been a very special year and those results have to be considered carefully. If we compare with 2019, bicycles increased by 2,8% and cars by 0,8%. Even if those days car manufacturers talk a lot about "clean" or "ecological" car, bikes, public transport and other alternatives remain significantly cleaner (especially if we consider the lifetime value). And by experience, talks you can h
Benoit Laine and Coraline Daubresse from the Federal Planning Bureau tried to answer this question in a recent report. And this answer is not as clear as expected as you can see in the illustration from La Libre (with François Mathieu). Their model shows a drop in terms of transport usage But much lower than 40% of homeworking used in their modelling. To summarize homeworking is part of the solution clearly but additional measures need to be considered as well. Note that some
The Vlaamse Verkeercentrum published on Monday a comparison between 2019 and 2020 regarding the traffic jams on Flemish highways. This is slightly different from the pattern observed in Brussels some weeks ago with the TomTom traffic index. Indeed here, the curve for 2020 remains below 2019 as after the holiday period. For last weeks, the trends are both the same of course with homeworking back as the norm. Other mobility news: 📍 Georges Gilkinet will present his policy lett
On Sunday starts the Vendée Globe: 33 skippers will sail solo non-stop without assistance around the world. Their boats (IMOCA Class) have significantly improved last years with 2 majors evolutions: 📌 Foils: kind of wings that help boats to "flight" reducing the friction with water to increase their speed 📌 Closed cockpits: the most one being the HUGO BOSS from Alex Thomson mainly because of the speed increase. With those evolutions, the first ones are expected to close thi
Which is the fastest? Damien Lepage from Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain@UCLouvain together with NMBS-SNCB published a map comparing the two door-to-door. This shows that for trip smaller than 450 km the trains is the fastest. Did you know that the mobility budget could be used to buy a train ticket (within the European Union)? but not a plane ticket. Night trains are coming back which are also a good alternative to the car (especially if you can put your own car on the train
Good news: our new government announced their plan to introduce a mobility budget also for people without cars.
Some points interesting to consider when implementing the mobility budget:
📍 Real fuel consumption (and it's related costs) has to be taken into account when using the budget.
This is the case even if the budget is based on an average km (and an average TCO).
📍 Public transport costs are not considered in the budget "IN" if the employee already has an abonneme
Transport & Environment (T&E) recently published a summary of different studies regarding the real consumption of plug-in hybrid cars. The average gap is about 265% between the official consumption and the measured one. It is not clearly specified if the reference is the WLTP or the NEDC but the impact is limited for PHEV vehicles. It is aligned with the consumptions observed by my clients. PHEV are more fiscal cars than the real alternative as they are more complex and heavi
Even if most of us are continue to homework, on Monday, the TomTom traffic index reached the same level as in 2019! We are used to organizing plenty of onsite events and challenges such as: New mobility tests (steps, Segway, monowheel, etc.) (e)-bikes tests Alternative mobility challenge Parking closing Electric vehicle tests Etc. The #MobilityWeek is a good opportunity to reconsider your mobility and test new ways of commute. What do you plan to do? Answer our poll here #mo
Let's check the latest news: 🚲 After the 40 km additional bicycle lanes in Brussels, Antwerp will add 19 km. (https://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20200603_04979813/antwerpen-legt-versneld-19-kilometer-fietsstraten-aan) It has been decided that NMBS-SNCB and Infrabel should team up to create new fast-cycling path network (https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_la-chambre-veut-que-la-sncb-et-infrabel-participent-a-l-elaboration-d-un-reseau-cyclable?id=10515621). The sales of bicycles
🚀 Brussels and its Good Move Plan won The European Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award from the European Commission. The feedback is inspiring: "The jury was particularly impressed by its approach to reaching these goals, which sees the city as an ‘ecosystem’. The city’s achievements are underpinned by strong stakeholder outreach, impressive citizen participation, and the implementation of “superblocks”, an innovative urban planning concept." The goals mentioned
Maestromobile and Espaces-Mobilités published the results of their survey on post lockdown mobility habits of Belgians. Here are some of the main conclusions (more details by following the link in the comments): 📌 43% have the intention to change their mobility 📌 22% will use less their car (and 9% will not use it anymore) 📌 34% intend to use more bike or steps What is interesting to see as well are the reason of those changes: safety, environment and physical activity are
Today I would like to share this interesting article from Joel Hazan, Pierre-François Marteau and Benjamin Fassenot (reference in the comments).
Main elements I share:
📉 The lockdown highlights the fundamental link between mobility, socio-economic development and the environment. See for example the anti-correlation between GDP and air quality. 🏡 The promotion of immobility i.e. working from home. As we are forced to homework, we have to be creative to make this newest wa
When looking at the mobility data provided by Google and Apple we see the clear rupture when the lockdown starts. Since the end of March, walking 🚶♀️and driving 🚙 are growing slightly again. The impact on #bicycles 🚲 usage in #Brussels can be deducted from the Brussels Environment 's open data. There we see that at some points the level is even higher than before (as it can be observed on the streets by the way). Today Elke Van den Brandt announced the creation of 40 k
You can find plenty of articles related to this topic. Transport & Environment (T&E) published a comparison tool to compare both in a specific case. This lifecycle analysis (#LCAA) takes into account the car size, the battery production country and the electricity mix in the country where the car is used. One element is not included: the recycling cost and impact of batteries (because still unknown and unclear)
This tool will be useful when considering fleet electrificatio
"Drivers check your rearview mirrors: More and more cyclists are taking to the roads, and they’re not going away anytime soon."
That is the way the last chapter of the "Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Predictions 2020" from Deloitte starts. The growing use of bicycles is one of the 10 predictions mentioned in this report. (source: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/insights/us/articles/722835_tmt-predictions-2020/DI_TMT-Prediction-2020.pdf)
Because of Covid-19, most of us have to work from home. Last week, Viviane Kock invited by Benoît Minet (Cellule Mobilité de l'UWE) for a webinar to remind some good practice (find the video and the slides in the link in comment):
📌 Use the right tool (to communicate, to share information, to manage projects, etc.)
📌 Organise your self and set up a routine (incl. pause)
📌 Work in full transparency and communicate
📌 Align on emergency management (how to communicate within
Acerta published his analysis on the way people #commute in #Brussels. Some conclusions (figures include #multimodal commutes):
📌 Results are different for #Brussels than the rest of the country due to his better accessibility with #publictransport
📌 45,9% of the people working in Brussels use public transport for their commute. It is more than last year and more than the one using their car which confirms the previous point. The national average is 8,3%
📌 The #bike part i
The #GoodMove plan for #Brussels has been approved last week. The main target is to reduce by 24% the use of individual cars. The measures are the following (source in comments): 📍Divide the Region into some fifty mesh areas 📍Use the STOP principle (1. 🚶♀️ walk, 2. 🚲 bike, 3. 🚊Public transport, 4. 🚙 car) 📍Remove about 65.000 parking spots. Today cars are using about 70% of the public space needed for other means of transport 📍Improve safety with the introduction of
Last week DriveNow left Brussels and this week, STIB-MIVB announces the launch of a MaaS test with 2000. When talking about mobility management, we hear a lot about #MaaS (#Mobility as a Service). The questions are : 📌 What do we need on top of the current #publictransport offer? 📌 Which kind of services? 📌 For whom? 📌 When? 📌 Why? Most of the commuters are going every day at their office (except #homeworking days). And most of them are doing every day the same commute
In the last "baromètre de l'entreprise" or "Ondernemingsbarometer" from Beci, it appears that mobility is the top priority for 75% of the entrepreneurs in Brussels (against 68% 6 months ago). It shows as well that 75% of them are ready to make the working hours more flexible to reduce traffic jams in Brussels. Now that we are on a holiday period and that the traffic jams significantly reduced, there are two sets of figures that I like to remind: 10% fewer cars on the road dur