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The French always so addicted to their cars

This summer, in a survey of 10,000 people, Ipsos looked at the mobility habits of the French. Focus on the recent results of this poll, revealing that the French are still very dependent on their personal car. But to what degree? To learn more, discover the main figures of this study.

The French and their car : a great love story

87%. This is the number of French people who use their cars at least once a day. By habit, facility or even obligation, it is difficult for almost 9 out of 10 French people to do without their car. Whether it’s for shopping (83%), going to work or going to the doctor (61%), the car has become an indispensable alternative for getting around. With an average time of 35 minutes to get to work or 19 minutes to go shopping, the French spend a fair amount of time in their daily commute.

 Results survey on daily mobility in the French regions
Results survey on daily mobility in the French regions – Ipsos & Transdev | October 2019

Another important figure to note is 244 euros, representing the average monthly expense on the car. This is the most expensive mean of transport. This amount includes petrol, insurance, repairs, tolls, credit and parking costs.

French people wanting more sustainable mobility

Following the car, 75% of French people prefer to walk, especially to go to the pharmacy for example. Public transport (bus, metro, tram, train, etc.) is used by 31% of French people. That’s a third of the population who spend an average of 40 euros per month on it. While more and more cities and mobility stakeholders are thinking about soft alternative solutions, “no-motorised 2-wheelers” (bicycles, scooters, etc.) are favoured by only 5% of the panel. Similarly, car-sharing, which closes the ranking with only 2% of the panel.

 Results survey on daily mobility in the French regions
Results survey on daily mobility in the French regions – Ipsos & Transdev | October 2019

Initially, this could be due to the sometimes high price of these solutions. Indeed, seven out of ten French people would like to benefit from a transport fare lower than the usual cost of their car journeys. Not to mention that in some rural areas, residents have no choice but to use their car to get to the city. Indeed, in rural areas, 74% of working people use their car to get to work, compared with only 55% in areas bordering the city. Which is still quite high! So the question, how can we succeed to provide mobility, more practical, interconnected and sustainable.

MaaS, a solution already thought by Lyko

If this term doesn’t ring a bell, we devoted a special article which explains the concept of “Mobility as a Service”, born in Helsinki. In a few words, MaaS is a platform that brings together all means of transport, allowing both planning and booking on a single platform. Imagine wanting to travel to Paris from Lyon. Via your application, you will be able to book and pay for your carpool to the station, your train ticket to the Gare de Lyon and your bus ticket to your hotel all in the same order. All this on a single application! The good life, isn’t it?

Ready to change their habits, 2 out of 3 respondents would like to be able to benefit from a single ticket to go to a place, using different transport. In other words, this is equivalent to implementing a MaaS solution. Well, you should know that Lyko offers you all the necessary tools to deploy your own MaaS solution! A real technological toolbox, our API allows both the coupling on the same application of intermodal trip planning, combining several modes of transport and centralized payment. For more information, please visit our website lyko.tech.

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