40% of Belgians think ‘car-less Sunday’ is useless
Next weekend will be the annual “car-less Sunday” in Brussels and other Belgian cities. According to a Touring survey, 40% of Belgians think it is “out-dated and useless”. The ones believing in it, see it merely as a nice opportunity for a day out, to discover the city with the family.
Touring conducted a survey with 6.300 people to know what the impact of the “car-less Sunday” is. 40% of the interrogated thought this government’s initiative was “out-dated and useless”. Even worse, 7% considered it as “discouraging”. On the contrary, 33% believe in its utility and its sensitization effect while 18% say that the “car-less Sunday” makes them think on their own mobility behaviour.
“The ‘car-less Sundays’ have become leisurely events at the expense of its original objective which was to convince users that there are other means of transport than the car”, explains Touring’s spokesperson Lorenzo Stefani. “To much attention is given to secondary events. Alternatives are still not developed enough to convince car drivers to change their habits”, he adds.
Walloons are not interested
If Brussels inhabitants are enthusiastic for the “car-less Sunday” with a participation rate of 60%, only 27% of Walloons get along with the principals. On the other hand, 43% of Flemish are interested in the event.
For Touring, the mobility problem isn’t going to be solved by one event because the next morning, traffic jams will still be filling up Brussels’ roads. Touring will take advantage of the event to increase awareness on road safety with personalized high visibility jackets and a campaign on phone usage while driving.