In Bratislava, every fourth person drives a car daily, bicycle riders are few

6 August 2013, Bratislava - 23% of people living in Bratislava or commuting from surrounding areas drive a car daily, 55% of them drive a car at least once a week. This results from a representative survey which was conducted on a sample of 800 respondents living or staying in Bratislava by the company GfK Slovakia for Energy Centre Bratislava.

People in their thirties usually by car

“The number of motor vehicles in Bratislava increases annually. The time people spent driving and the number of traveled kilometers increase, too. This leads to the deterioration of air quality in the city and increases greenhouse gas emissions from motorized transport,”,“ said Darina Dzurjaninova, project manager of the “Sustainable Mobility in Bratislava” Project, which is financed by the Global Environmental Fund.

By their own car commute daily mainly people in working age between 30-39 years. The main reasons for prioritizing cars over other forms of transport are greater comfort and saving of time. But there’s only one or two passengers in nearly three-quarters of cars driven around the city (23%, 48%). Those, who drive daily, travel alone twice as often. Vacant places in cars could be filled by introducing a system of shared rides (so called car-pooling). More than 70% of car users would gladly share a ride with acquaintances. However, only a quarter of the respondents would use car-pooling with strangers.

The situation might improve by parking strategy implementation

Some form of charging for the use of a passenger car in the city (e.g. charging for entry into the center, charging for parking in public areas) could present a solution that could improve the traffic situation in the city. But more than a half of the people do not agree with these measures. Enough parking spaces near their residence and affordable parking fees are particularly important to motorists. Majority of them is inclined to favor the preferential treatment of residents and implementation of residential parking throughout the city.

Walking, riding a bicycle, travel in public transport

Despite the fact that 45% of people walk the distances around the capital that take less than half an hour, the pedestrians identify several barriers, that hinder their movement. These include for example damaged and uneven sidewalks, cars parked on the sidewalks or dangerous situations at pedestrian road crossings.

2% of the respondents ride the bicycle daily. Enhanced safety of bicycle riders and increased number of cycling routes could have a positive effect on the bicycle use. From those, who would use the bicycle more often after the enhancing of safety on the roads, almost all would feel safer after the introduction of separate bicycle lanes.

The public transport in Bratislava gets used every day by 35% of people. It is utilized primarily by young people aged 15-29 years (25%) and pensioners over the age of 60 years (24%). The public transport is used mainly for travel to school or work (58%) and also to occasional events (58%). The main reason for the choice of public transport is saving money. For travelers, cleanliness and comfort, accuracy and frequency of connections are the most important. Motorists are discouraged from public transport utilization by crowded vehicles and lack of comfort.