The MONITOR-project (collaboration between Vias institute and the SPF Mobility and Transport) is a study on the customs of more than 30.000 Belgians regarding mobility and road safety. It shows that they are very fond of their car: 56% of the daily movements are still carried out in a car. However, since the latest study (2010), there is an interesting evolution on the way to and from work (2010): the car lets more room for the bicycle (from 7 to 16%) and the walk (from 8 to 16%).
The study also reveals that the dangerous means of transport remain the motorcycle and the bicycle. Furthermore, the respondents who use the electric bicycle seem to undergo more dangerous situations than those who opt for the classic bicycles. The average speed (24km/h versus 17km/h) could explain that phenomenon.
The bike is becoming more and more popular, and it can bring an answer for the growing mobilityproblem. Therefore it is necessary that we invest in a decent cyclinginfrastructure and a continious sensibilisation of the car drivers. On the other hand the cyclists t need to take their responsability, be cautious and protect themselves