To justify more money for Bus and train barely: German to climb on the car and bike

Suddenly, everything was relaxed all: No crowds, more in subways and buses, no traffic jam on the way to work, no tourists, blocked on E-scooters, the already n

To justify more money for Bus and train barely: German to climb on the car and bike

Suddenly, everything was relaxed all: No crowds, more in subways and buses, no traffic jam on the way to work, no tourists, blocked on E-scooters, the already narrow bike paths. The Corona-crisis has put the movement on the head. Many people worked suddenly at home. Out they went only for shopping. Streets, sidewalks and bike lanes remain largely empty.

public TRANSPORT is the big loser of the crisis

What is likely to have a particularly large felt to be city dwellers, in spite of all the pressures to be pleasant, was a provider of transport services, considerable problems. The local Public transport (LPT) fleet, despite the lack of vehicles and, in massive losses. E-scooter, standing before dozens on every corner, disappeared from the streets. And even car-sharing services and bike rental provider recorded at least at the beginning of the crisis a decline in demand. "However, these are only snapshots. What levels of the changes in the long term, is another matter“, says Andreas Nienhaus, a transportation expert at the consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Almost on the train track overthrown: Parked E-scooters are overthrown in a great danger for Blind people PCP Almost on the train track: Parked E-scooters are a great danger for the Blind

Gradually, the users return. Buses, trains and roads will be full. The provider of scooters, bicycles and rental cars reports numbers uniformly from the again increasing number of users. However, in the highly competitive market of mobility services - as many experts agree - there will be changes, winners and losers.

Bicycle: To the Former, more and more users in the city of

the bike belongs to. The two-Wheeler industry reported for may, the highest sales figures in its history within a month. In view of the continuing sales boom, it is obvious that the rental market is likely to benefit: "Our registrations have gone in some cities through the roof," confirms Mareike Rauchhaus, spokesperson for the Bicycle vendor nextbike. "We reach out to new user groups that had not had the bike maybe without the crisis, even on the screen."

Jashar Seyfi, the head of Germany, E-scooter and Bicycle provider Lime says: "It was interesting to see how fast our bike has attracted business and how much stronger the bike is now back compared to on-the-Corona-days." The E-scooter business is developing a little slower. GDR-iconic scooter comes again: The electric Schwalbe in the Test CHIP GDR-iconic scooter comes again: The electric Schwalbe in the Test

Also in Swapfiets, where bikes can be rented via a subscription model over a number of weeks and months, according to managing Director Marc van Pappelendam: "Corona acts as a catalyst. We have doubled our numbers of customers in our markets of Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Holland within the last 12 months, in the meantime, 200,000 of.“

Paris wants to completely car-free

The municipalities have recognized the Trend: "Large cities are currently investing massively to create a significantly better bike infrastructure," says van Pappelendam, and refers to Pop-Up bike lanes such as in Berlin or Cologne. "Some people decide to banish cars completely from city centres such as Paris."

But, particularly in Germany, the battle for the road is not decided for a long time. "The industry itself believes that the car will be a piece of the winners of the crisis," says traffic expert Nienhaus. Even if the registration figures of new cars in Europe has dropped dramatically, it need not remain permanently so. "There are funding programs that were discussed in Germany very prominent. And I'll buy first a car, then I'm tied up in the next five to ten years on a means of transport.“ Insider's tip: Mazda builds one of the more beautiful Passat - what the Japanese can really do? FOCUS Online insider's tip: Mazda builds one of the more beautiful Passat - what the Japanese can really do?

car sharing: use of behavior change

Car-Sharing providers, such as the VW belonging to the company WeShare occur therefore self-aware. "We see that the topic of Car-Sharing is part of the Corona-crisis winners", - said recently the chief Executive Philipp Reth. Meanwhile, the capacity utilization of hardware, values of the via App-to-book cars are even above the values of the Corona-crisis.

however, the driving behaviour of customers: Shorter distances to and from work fell by the wayside. The vehicles would have booked a longer stay and is about to do the weekly shopping used, said Reth. Starting this summer, the company plans to test in Berlin therefore, a subscription model. Audi A6 in the Test: a Plug-in Hybrid Diesel - almost always PCP Audi A6 fails in the Test: a Plug-in Hybrid Diesel - almost always

Also, Lime is proposing plans this step for its bikes and E-scooters. The scooters are approved for more than a year in Germany, and the market was competitive has always been difficult. The hard competition has intensified from the point of view of industry expert Nienhaus in the Corona-crisis once again. Most scooter suppliers in Germany have had to adjust their service during the crisis.

For the Expansion of Bus and rail, there are hardly any arguments

in particular, smaller suppliers in the second row are assumed to be in the latest financing rounds empty, says Nienhaus. And even financially strong providers such as Uber have completely pulled back and their fleets on the competition sold. While larger companies, such as Lime, animal or Bird are well to come through the crisis, is likely in the medium term, many of the smaller disappear.

However, the clear losers of the crisis is the Public transport. Around 90 percent of the drive broke in guest numbers in many places. The industry estimates its own losses to around 5 billion euros. For Nienhaus this is also a reason why the car might be in the inner cities again soon to be more present. "One recognizes that all this mobility is not able to absorb concepts, the crowds of people, which are a result of the decline in public TRANSPORT free," he says. A promotion of the public Nachverkehrs would be, if the use of figures, again a strong rise, probably waste of tax money.

sv/dpa
Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 03:27

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