Car and motorcycle outperform public transport in mobility preferences after the Covid-19

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The main cities begin to notice the effects of the de-escalation and the approach to the end of the confinement, with the traffic that little by little is becoming denser. Despite the problem of traffic jams and retentions, the return to normality will mean a change in the mobility preferences of the Spanish, since due to fear of the Covid-19 they move away from public means of transport.

84% of respondents prefer to use private transport over public transport to get around, according to the 1st Study Changes in Habits of Mobility Covid-19, prepared by the technology company Bipi in May.

Regarding the transport chosen to move, 71% of those surveyed in the study opted for the private car, mainly due to the insecurity of public transport. The private motorcycle occupies the second position and is the preferred one for 11% of users. 8% opt for the bicycle and 2% for the scooter.

In addition, 65% say they are looking for more flexible alternatives to buying a vehicle, while only 35% of users have indicated that they are planning to buy a car or motorcycle in the next 12 months. These data reflect an increase in the trend that implies that the user does not want long-term commitments due to the uncertainty of the current situation and opts for services away from the property without the need to make large initial payments.

Car subscriptions are taking hold as a new mobility formula and have grown 200% in the last month. Madrid and Barcelona are the cities where they most abound with 30.1% and 28% respectively. Valencia (15%), Malaga (8.7%) or Seville (6.9%) are also cities where vehicle subscriptions represent a significant number. In addition, Barcelona (+ 250%) and Madrid (+ 200%) are also the areas in which the number of subscriptions has grown the most. Valencia (+ 195%), Seville (+ 170%) and Zaragoza (+ 140%) follow them.

Subscriptions involve paying a single monthly fee for the use of an all-inclusive car (insurance, maintenance, taxes, ITV, etc.) without having to make initial entries or final fees and with the option of being able to change or return the vehicle in any moment. The factors that users value the most when subscribing to a vehicle are, in this order: it is all inclusive (41%), there is no entry or final fee (32%) and it allows to change models if circumstances change (27 %).

Regarding the duration, 56.5% of the respondents opt for 12-month subscriptions, 18.2% for 24 months, 16.1% for 36 months and 9.2% opt for subscriptions of three months or less.

If we talk about the favorite vehicles when moving around the cities, there are two clear trends: the preferred cars for driving inside the cities are small and hybrid, since they are more comfortable to move around and face fewer restrictions. On the other hand, drivers who move from the suburbs to the center of the cities opt for SUV and diesel-type cars, since they are usually areas of family nuclei and journeys are longer. .

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