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
Bike Radar published an in-depth analysis of the carbon emission of using (e)bikes. Here are the three key findings: "🚲 Cycling has a carbon footprint of about 21g of CO2 per kilometre. That’s less than walking or getting the bus and less than a tenth the emissions of driving 🚲 About three-quarters of cycling’s greenhouse gas emissions occur when producing the extra food required to “fuel” cycling, while the rest comes from manufacturing the bicycle 🚲 Electric bikes have a
In order to launch a bike project providing (e)bikes to your employees before the summer or during the mobility week, start it now. On top of finding the supplier that matches your need and find a slot in his planning, you will have to - write a bike policy, - make a budget and find it - manage the fiscal aspects - prepare the communication - define the way your employee will order a bike - check the availability of bikes which is complex those days - etc. Vias institute just
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
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
Two mobility-related topics subject to tough debates. Last week reports were published on both topics. 📌 Comparing the lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of electric cars with the emissions of cars using gasoline or diesel by Auke Hoekstra and Maarten Steinbuch from Eindhoven University of Technology. This article mainly highlights the usual mistakes done by other reports, not in favour of eV. What is quite relevant in this report is the comparison between a Mercedes C220d an
That is the question Mareile Wiegmann, Imre Keseru and Cathy Macharis tried to answer in their article about carsharing in Brussels. Small upfront reminder: Free-floating = you take the car somewhere in a specified zone (Brussels for example) and you have to bring it back after your trip somewhere else in this zone. Pricing is usually done by minute. Example: Poppy Mobility Station-based = you book your car (or van) at a specific station, after your trip, you bring it back at
How to manage the return to the office? 🏢 Two recent interviews on the topic highlight key elements in these matters: 📻 Jean-Paul Erhard from Peoplesphere, yesterday (25/08) on "La Première" 📰 Ann Caluwaerts, An Dewaele, Hellen Smeets, Koen Maerevoet and Christophe Ballegeer, 19/08 in De Tijd 📻 Anouk van Oordt from we are OOO, 21/08 on "Tendance première" Some outcome: 👉 Everyone has to find the perfect mix between home working and office. 👉 Homeworking in good conditi
The chart below gives you a comparison of the CO2 emissions regarding different types of vehicles. Bicycles and electric bicycles remain the best in class for short trips. For longer trips, the train is an excellent solution. The plane is not on the chart as it is much more (above 280 g/km per passenger). Note that we have considered here the emissions of the Belgian energy mix (349g/kWh), except for the train. However, the type of electricity supply is the key factor influen
That is what comes out of the Arval Mobility Observatory Barometer 2020. In this report done together with Kantar, we can see that: 📌 Sharing (bike & cars) and carpooling is implemented in less than 30% of the companies in Belgium or in Europe on average. Even if an additional 20% wants to implement it in the next 3 years, it remains something tough at a company level. 📌 Public transport is implemented by 41% of the companies in Belgium (vs 33% at EU level). 📌 1 company ou
That was my answer to the question: "If you had to explain your dream vision when it comes to the mobility of 2030, what would it be?" What is yours? This week, I read some articles going in the same direction: 📌 Marina Laurent interviewed Stéphane Sertang the CEO of the Ginion Group (BMW, Mini, Volvo, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Pininfarina) for L'Echo. They talked about the future of the automotive sector. "A real revolution for the business model where the future of th
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
In this post-covid period, implementing company bikes is requested by many employees (see an increase of bicycle use in the chart). What the best timing to highlight some of the main stages: 1. 📈 Highlight the potential: how many of your employees could switch to bike? Different methods and approach could be used here. 2. 🎯 Find the supplier that fits your needs. Each supplier has its own characteristics in terms of bicycles, services and operational process. 3. 📝 Define p
🚀 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