So what is the best way to get you to work quickly? We tested it in fourteen European cities.
Volunteers from FEMA members and FMI repeated the European Mobility Test that was done in 2014. This year the mobility test was held in 7 countries and 14 cities all over Europe.
With cars, motorcycles, mopeds, speed-pedelecs, e-bikes, conventional bicycles and public transport a route from a place outside a city to an office inside the city was followed. The tests were performed between May and September 2017. during the morning rush hour. As we saw in 2014. in all situations except two, the motorcycle was the fastest mode to commute into the city with the moped as number two.
Already over 70% of the European citizens live in urban areas and the number is expected to increase to over 80% in the next decades. This means that congestion, parking problems and air quality will be a growing problem in the future. Many commuters still prefer to travel in their cars and spend much time in traffic jams and looking for parking spaces. Public transport, walking and cycling are promoted by the European Union, national governments and local councils as the preferable alternative. This is mostly a result of the environmental effects of cars, especially cars that run on diesel fuel, in the cities. The effects of a switch from car to other modes of transport on the time the commuter will lose or gain with, it is never part of the discussion.
Typical commute travels by motorcycle take on average 53% less time than with public transport, which is really the big loser in this test.
Video from Finland (SMOTO)
Video from Norway (NMCU)