Intermodality – it’s more relevant than ever
Public transport that you follow in real time with an app, alternative means of transport that you use everywhere in the city, shared cars that you unlock with your smartphone, smart subscriptions that include different modes of transport in the price... it’s true – intermodality is the future!
- Mobility is hip: everyone's doing it
- New technology makes your own mobility simpler
- Visit #WeAreMobility for free with your Brussels Motor Show ticket
Hip, but not new!
Intermodality, or combining different means of transport for work or travel, is actually as old as the hills. You hop on your bike and head for the train, get off and catch a bus to your final destination. And the next day you might take your car to a P+R car park and then take the metro to the city centre from there.
Nowadays, there are loads more possibilities and technologies to combine all these different means of transport smartly, smoothly and safely. It’s up to the government to redevelop urban space and expand public transport. But it's up to all of us to give sustainable mobility our unconditional, resounding support.
Visit #WeAreMobility for free with your Brussels Motor Show ticked and discover a whole new world of mobility solutions!
Copenhagen is a prime example of intermodality. There are still tons of cars, but there are also wide bike paths and a seamlessly integrated transport system, including different means such as the train and driverless metro. There’s also a greater focus on the safety of cyclists. For example, in winter, the city clears snow-covered bike paths before the motorways.
Mobility is digital
Alternative means of transport are inextricably linked to the internet. It's the only way to stay up to date on traffic, scooter availability and public transport timetables. With your smartphone, you can call a taxi, unlock a shared car or bike and check for free spaces in public car parks.
There’s an app for every solution. And still, integrating these different means of transport into a single system is the future. Read all about the latest mobility apps in a dedicated web article.
A change of mindset
A mere 18% of Belgians believe that intermodality reduces mobility issues. Almost half (45%) of Belgians don't believe it will solve the issue of tailback. What's striking though is that young people do believe in intermodality, especially when they’re living in a metropolis.
On average, 29% of Belgians say they plan on using other means of transport this year, such as bikes, public transport and other means.
According to over half of the working Belgians (56%), their employers don’t take initiatives to promote intermodality. A quarter (27%) say they get a bike allowance (52%) or a free bus or train subscription (46%) or are allowed to use a car or a shared bicycle (18%).
We are mobility, more than ever.
Interested in trying out the future's alternative means of mobility yourself or would you be happy just finding out a little more about them? Why not experience the latest solutions (electric folding bikes, e-scooters, and monowheels) on the micromobility track at the Brussels Motor Show (#WeAreMobility, in the Patio)? Meet the exhibitors offering shared mobility solutions.