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
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