Various studies carried out during the confinement period show an increasing concern on the part of the French for better consumption. Already with the idea of favoring production on the territory, but also by reducing its pollution footprint. And the use of the car in all this?
Modes of travel
An active person often needs to go out almost daily to go to his place of work or study, go shopping, carry out various procedures, etc.
The mode of travel should theoretically depend mainly on the distance to be covered, from walking to public transport solutions, including small EDP (personal travel gear = scooters, electric or not, for example), the bicycle , scooter and motorcycle.
A migration was already underway towards more virtuous habits. But the fear of catching the Covid-19 makes it more difficult.
In the current cacophony fueled by the battle between covido-skeptics and covido-pessimists, and above all fueled by a lack of perspective and knowledge about the virus and its real danger, which can claim that the use of public transport is the means the most reassuring and safest way to get around today?
It’s just the opposite. And for at least 3 reasons: The infected droplets can remain in suspension in the air for several tens of minutes, most of the masks touching the nose and the mouth are far from being 100% effective in this case, the risk of ” be dependent on vehicles that will not be on time and in which social distancing will be very difficult if not impossible to respect.
Closed spaces, or almost, are the most conducive to the transmission of the Covid-19.
Massive transfer to the private car?
The authorities in charge of regulating traffic on the streets of large cities and towns fear a massive shift to the private car, which is almost like the ultimate survival bubble.
Carpool is a risk-taking, but, in this season, it is possible to roll with the windows open a minimum to renew the air and quickly expel potential droplets likely to transport the Covid-19. Mask recommended for all occupants and air conditioning to be avoided.
What about car sharing? With only one person on board we find the disadvantages of using the private car with the risk of touching areas infected with the virus, such as the steering wheel, the various controls including the gear lever, and the door handles.
Do without cars
An article published at the end of last month by Le Monde reveals that the drop in activity due to confinement has prevented 11,000 deaths in Europe in 1 month, including 1,230 in France. Since the fall in pollution during the confinement period was very noticed and appreciated by many French people, why come back instantly and without thinking about the worst habits when it is possible to do otherwise?
Favoring a vehicle for traveling alone should not systematically be synonymous with a private car. Other solutions exist that isolate Covid-19 just as well. While allowing what seemed to be most lacking to citizens during confinement: practicing physical activity, airing out, enjoying better exposure to nature.
When possible, why not make the streets as free as possible in order to facilitate the movement of nursing staff and other emergency workers, who are always very mobilized, and who will, for many, be more useful in having a car.
The big winner of the Covid-19?
Because, by dismissing walking, the bicycle is the gentle mode of travel that most French people have at home, and that it is also increasingly available in large cities via rental services, it benefits great attention from public authorities and communities.
First of all with the establishment of temporary cycle paths which should little by little make it possible to redesign a more extensive perennial network. In Paris alone, an additional 50 kilometers will gradually be added to the existing tracks, and a hundred in the neighboring departments. The Vélo Ile-de-France collective offers on its website a constantly updated map which takes into account the new sections.
The government has also just launched the Coup de Pouce Vélo scheme, which reimburses 50 euros for overhauling or repairing a bicycle, as well as courses to get back in the saddle when the practice goes back a long way.
Sustainable mobility package
In order to prevent the French from turning away from their cars for commuting, the government is rushing the introduction of the sustainable mobility package provided for in the law on orientation of mobility (Lom).
Employers are encouraged to pay up to 400 euros per year, exempt from tax and social security contributions, to employees who will use the bicycle, EDP, electric or not, scooters for self-service rental, public transport. common, but also carpooling (drivers and passengers), as well as electric cars (including those with hydrogen PAC) and plug-in hybrids offered in carsharing.
In this game, electric scooters and scooters are presented as viable alternatives to the private car in many cases, depending on the distance to be traveled. Sunny days are coming: it’s time to get started.