1 High fuel budgets, lack of alternative solution to the car…
“20% of inhabitants of the Brittany region in a precarious mobility situation”: this is the title of the regional summary of the daily mobility barometer
According to this survey, “the factors that create mobility precariousness are multiple: high fuel budgets, aging cars, longer distances to cover or the absence of an alternative solution to the car. For others, it is quite simply the fact of having neither a car, nor a bicycle, nor a subscription to public transport”.
If 20% of Bretons are in a situation of precarious mobility, they are just as much in Occitania, Normandy and Hauts-de-France. On the other hand, they are less numerous in Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur (15%), in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (17%), but more in the Grand Est (22%) and in New Aquitaine (24%).
2 More than one in three had to give up a job
In Brittany, half of those questioned say they have no choice of mode of travel, compared to 45.5% for France as a whole. In the region, they are even 37% to have given up a job because of a mobility problem.
Regarding the weight of the car in daily mobility, 75% of Bretons surveyed use the car as their main means of transport, compared to 68% nationally. And they are 9% in Brittany, as in the rest of France, to explain that they “have no other mobility solution”.
It is urgent to offer alternatives in small and medium-sized towns and to carry out a lot of work to support the change of uses.
3 Few solutions close to home
Brittany remains below the national average for the mobility services available close to home. Thus 43% of Bretons can use urban public transport near their homes, compared to 56% nationally.
In the same register, the rest of the Breton self-service offer is also well below the national average: 14% for bicycles (20% nationally), 4% for cars (8%), 3% for electric scooters (11%)…
For only 7% of Bretons, public transport remains the preferred means of travel (18% nationally).
If there is one sector in which Brittany stands out, it is that of carpooling areas. 40% of its inhabitants in the region can take advantage of an area near their home, compared to 24% in the rest of the country.
4 “It is urgent to propose alternatives”
For Virginie Watine, Regional Director Wimoov Grand Ouest, “Brittany is very dependent on the car for geographical reasons: a single city of more than 250,000 inhabitants and long home-work distances”.
“This dependence, she continues, is also explained for historical and cultural reasons: freedom of movement, closure of all the small internal train lines. There are very few alternatives available. »
“There is an urgent need,” she concludes, “to offer alternatives in small and medium-sized towns and to carry out a lot of work to support the change in use, otherwise the equipment will not be used. »
* Survey carried out among 13,000 people in France by the Fondation pour la nature et l’homme (FBH) and the Wimoov association, which supports people in vulnerable situations (people with disabilities, people in professional integration, seniors, etc.) ) towards autonomous, sustainable and responsible mobility.
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