Dutch negative about public transport

3rd July 2007, Comments 0 comments

3 July 2007, THE HAGUE – More than half of the Dutch have a negative view on public transport, according to a survey by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) presented on Tuesday. The large majority of those asked say they prefer the car and/or bicycle for getting around.

3 July 2007

THE HAGUE – More than half of the Dutch have a negative view on public transport, according to a survey by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) presented on Tuesday. The large majority of those asked say they prefer the car and/or bicycle for getting around.

The report wanted to gauge the attitude among the Dutch public towards the use of car, bicycle and public transport.

51 percent of those asked had a negative verdict on public transport, while 86 percent and 84 percent have a positive view on the use of the car and bicycle, respectively.

Despite the government's attempts to promote public transport, most people see it as expensive, slow and inflexible. A little more than 25 percent have a positive view of public transport.

The report does show that those who use public transport more often have a more positive view of it.

Most Dutch associate the car with independence, convenience and speed. The problem of traffic congestion has done little to damage this reputation, the report says.

The bicycle remains a favourite because of the low costs associated with it and the reliable travel times. The disadvantages mentioned however include bad weather and the behaviour of other road users.

The KiM is officially a part of the ministry, but conducts independent research into traffic issues in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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