More Flemings use public transport

19th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

One in five Flemings is taking the bus or the tram more often because of soaring fuel prices.

19 August 2008

BELGIUM - Due to high diesel and petrol prices, more people are using public transport.

The trend has been going on for some years, but this time the increase is even more pronounced.

A poll carried out on behalf of the Flemish public transport company De Lijn shows that one in five Flemings are taking the bus or the tram more often because of soaring fuel prices.

On Monday, De Lijn launched a new campaign called "It's cheaper to take the bus than to drive behind it" in order to promote the bus and the tram as a cheaper alternative for the car.

On average, 47 percent of the Flemings are using their cars less often because of the fuel price hike. West-Flemings (57 percent) are most prone to use their cars while Limburgers (38 percent) are less eager.

In the section of people leaving the car in the garage more often, 84 percent take up the bicycle or the motorbike as an alternative way of transport.

Seventy percent opt for public transport as the alternative, with 45 percent going by foot. Thirty-seven percent just skip the whole trip.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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