Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Cycling, teleworking … how the strike changed the habits of the French


While transport has almost resumed its cruising speed and Ile-de-France residents are preparing to launch their request for reimbursement of their Navigo pass, it is time to take stock of the impact of this extraordinary social movement on daily life. the French. Challenges commissioned a survey from Opinionway Ecomob.club on the impact of strikes on lifestyle. Has alternative transport really been taken by storm? Are you going to extend the experience beyond the strikes? To what extent has your employer implemented solutions to limit the constraints of the absence of transport?

On the scale of the whole of France, the strike will ultimately have only a relatively limited impact on the daily lives of the French. 80% of those questioned consider that they have not been impacted by the strikes. Only 7% were strongly impacted. But obviously when we take a closer look, 50% of Ile-de-France residents say that they have been impacted against only 11% in the provinces. It is a very divisive subject between Paris / Ile-de-France and the rest of the country. Because even in large regional metropolises, these city dwellers consider only 12% to have been impacted by strikes.

The popular walk

We were interested in the mode of travel used during the strikes. Did this social movement, which lasted nearly fifty days, really disrupt transportation habits?

Before the strikes, the car remained the main means of transport (58%), followed by walking (17%), rail (13%), bus (9%) and bicycle (7%). During the strike, the big winner is undoubtedly the walking. 70% of those questioned consider that they have put on their trainers to swallow a few extra kilometers every morning. For 11% of them it was even the first time they had walked to their workplace.

In the regions, the car has gained ground since 16% of people polled say they have used it more against only 8% in Ile-de-France. No wonder then that the days of great mobilization the traffic jams of several hundred kilometers could put off many motorists in Ile-de-France. Note that 10% of French people have resorted more to carpooling, a phenomenon that is slowly breaking through in Ile-de-France while the region is testing several initiatives to support this approach (application, reserved lanes, financial incentives).

Is cycling the breakthrough seen in Paris this past month in France? Because if in Paris, the town hall, on the fifty sensors placed on the cycle paths, notes a doubling or even a tripling of the traffic, the phenomenon is not as convincing on the whole of the country even if we note an increase in use . 7% used two-wheelers before the strike. But 13% of people claiming to be affected by the strikes have used the bicycle more since the start of the movement and more than a third of them plan to maintain their use in the future, mainly for reasons of cost and health.

Flexibility of teleworking

Cycling is not the only alternative mode of transport that the French intend to use more. Walking is thus the leading mode of travel that respondents want to focus on in the coming months, followed by car and carpooling. The reasons given for these changes in habit are: the low cost of travel, ecology, health and efficiency at work.

Few of the employers have implemented specific actions to limit the impact of the strike on their employees. In the eyes of the French, they are only 21% to have acted positively. Among the solutions provided by employers are first the relaxation of teleworking rules (26%), then the adjustment of working hours (22%), targeted communication on travel (17%) or the incentive to take vacations.

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