Motorists from Bratislava: we will use public transport only if it gets better

27 August 2013, Bratislava – vehicle fleet renewal and introduction of more efficient public transport lines, which guarantee passenger comfort and significant saving of time – this would help to solve the bad traffic situation in the capital. These are the conclusions from a survey which took place within the Sustainable Mobility in Bratislava Project and was conducted by Energy Centre Bratislava (ECB).

Qualitative survey of Bratislava’s cyclists’ and motorists’ opinions was conducted via focus group discussions. There were 8 participants in each group.

“Motorists, who use the car in Bratislava on a daily basis are aware of the negatives associated with car traffic. Yet, they accept them because they don’t see the benefits offered by alternative means of transport”, Darina Dzurjaninova, project manager from Energy Centre Bratislava, informed about the conclusions obtained from the discussions. Drivers use individual motorized transport mainly for convenience and practical reasons. They would consider changing their habits only in the case of a public vehicle fleet renewal. Likewise, they require regular cleaning of vehicles and effective organization of lines, with high frequency of connections and minimal necessity of changing between lines. According to them, saving of time is very important – at present driving the car offers faster transportation.

The motorists also don’t perceive the financial demand of car transport – when comparing the costs they don’t count in the cost for acquiring the vehicle, insurances and service maintenance, they count only with the price for fuel. According to survey participants, the future lies also in the promotion of combined transport, which requires building of support parking lots at the main entrance routes into the city.

Bicycle riders don’t feel safe on the streets of Bratislava

Cyclists that ride in the streets of Bratislava complain especially about the poor quality of the roads and careless drivers. Many of them don’t feel safe on their bicycles and would welcome the building of a complex cycling infrastructure with separate lanes, bike paths, stands and a network of public bicycles.

Respondents like to use bicycles mainly in nice weather or in periods of time, when the traffic is not heavy (holidays, weekends). They also favor the possibility to store the bicycle or shower at work.