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October 26, 2021

European Car Free Day: Bucharesters prefer public transportation

Three in every ten Romanians drive cars, irrespective of whether we are talking about personal or company cars, and 70 per cent of them are men, an Ipsos Research communiqué shows.
“1 in 4 Bucharesters is currently driving a car. Although they are not necessarily drivers, 40 per cent of Bucharesters travel by car at least on a weekly basis. Also during a regular week, public transportation auto vehicles are used by over 70 per cent of Bucharesters, the subway by over 50 per cent, minibuses by 20 per cent and taxi cabs by 10 per cent,” the document shows.
4 in 10 Romanians consider the car to be absolutely indispensible, or a necessity, while 3 in 10 define it as a comfort, or as a transportation means always available. Approximately 10 per cent of Romanians see the auto vehicle to be an aid (12 per cent) or an element of comfort (7 per cent).
“For 5 per cent of Romanians however, the car is the most important thing in their lives, this being particularly valid for young drivers in the 18-24 age bracket, among whom the share of those who cannot live without an auto vehicle rises to 11 per cent. Despite heavy traffic, Bucharesters are the ones that appreciate the most the car’s role of saving time (13 per cent), compared to the national level result (3 per cent),” Ipsos Research shows.
The poll was conducted in August-September 2015 on a representative sample of 1,200 respondents with ages ranging from 18 to 64.
The European Car Free Day is marked every year on September 22 in order to promote alternatives to the personal or company auto vehicle. This is a European Commission initiative promoted by the European Union. The day started to be marked in several European cities in 1999. The idea has gained ground in other parts of the world too, in cities such as Montreal, Seoul and Tokyo. The day is currently marked in over 2,000 cities in over 40 countries worldwide. The downtown sections of the cities involved are closed to auto traffic, with walking, cycling, public transportation and other environmentally-friendly transportation means being promoted as alternatives.

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