VCÖ survey on mobility in the corona pandemic
Austria's population walks more and cycles more
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to strong changes in mobility in Austria, also among commuters, as a representative survey by TQS research & consulting on behalf of the VCÖ shows. Walking has recorded the strongest increase, ahead of cycling. The strongest increase is recorded for walking, ahead of cycling. When it comes to cars, a fifth of employers drive more, compared to a third who drive less often. Clearly less use is made of public transport. The majority of the population expects more walking and also more cycling in the long term.
Proportion of people who use each form of mobility more frequently or less frequently than before the Covid 19 pandemic:
- Walking: 43 per cent more often - 16 per cent less
- Bicycle: 26 percent more often - 18 percent less
- Car (driving): 20 per cent more often - 32 per cent less
- Car (passenger): 12 per cent more often - 32 per cent less
- Local public transport: 8 per cent more often - 42 per cent less often
- Long-distance rail transport: 5 per cent more often - 41 per cent less
Source: TQS, VCÖ 2020
The survey also investigated what long-term changes in mobility behaviour Austrians expect as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. 62 percent expect that the increase in cycling will not only be a short-term trend, but a long-term development. 51 percent expect more walking in the longer term as well. 45 percent assume that car traffic will increase. One in five expects public transport to increase, but one in three expects fewer passengers in the long term. Even two thirds think that there will be less flying in the long term, only ten percent expect more air traffic.
Information on the survey: Conducted by the TQS, representative for Austria, 18- to 69-year-olds, sample 1,000 persons, survey period October 2020.