Today, more than 5,200 Flemish people have started “30 Days Less Car”, a campaign by the Sustainable Mobility Network that is calling for the car’s launch in June. Eye-catching: Limburgers give the car less comfort than residents of other Flemish provinces.
With the campaign, the Sustainable Mobility Network wants as many Flemish people as possible to try alternatives to their own car for thirty days. Of all Flemish enthusiasts, a third (32.8 percent) live in the province of Antwerp, 28 percent in East Flanders, 19 percent in Flemish Brabant, and 16 percent in West Flanders. The Limburg gives the car a little comfort, because only 6.5 percent of participants are Limburgers. The majority of respondents (59 percent) live in major cities.
Another surprising finding among the participants was that people in their 60s are just as motivated as people in their 20s. “A hopeful sign that they are also curious about sustainable alternatives,” says Ambassador Cathy Macharis, Professor of Mobility at VUB. In general, participants indicate that they regularly travel by train, on foot, or by bicycle.
The main reason for continued car use is distance (48 percent). More than four in ten Flemings (43 percent) use their cars because they believe the public transport offer is insufficient. Other reasons for continued vehicle use are speed to the destination (42 percent), comfort (35 percent), weather conditions (35 percent), and driving pleasure (16 percent).
If you still want to sign up for the campaign, you can still do so via www.30dagenminderwagen.be†
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