According to a survey by the Institut français d’opinion publique (IFOP), more than half of people living in Germany, Portugal and Norway would like to see more space dedicated to micromobility parking rather than car parking.

This study was commissioned by Bolt and surveyed 1,226 inhabitants in Germany, 701 in Portugal and 504 in Norway between November 2022 and January 2023.

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More than half of Germans, Portugueses, and Norwegians living in cities would prefer to see more space devoted to micromobility parking

The results revealed that 67% of the respondents living in Portuguese cities (Porto, Lisbon and Vila Nova de Gaia) supported replacing car parking spaces with micromobility parking areas, while 42% of those living in German cities (Berlin, Munich and Dusseldorf) and 44% in Norwegian ones (Oslo and Bergen) would also like to see this happen.

Dmitri Pivovarov, VP for Rentals at Bolt said:

Currently private cars occupy a lot of public space. On average, private cars do less than two trips a day and stay idle 95% of the time. On the other hand, a shared scooter can be utilised by numerous riders every day. Better micromobility infrastructure translates to more people shifting away from private cars, which helps cities become less polluted, congested and noisy.

The study also found that people living in European cities have seen improvements in the way scooters are parked over the last two years. Better parking habits were noticed by 57% of people living in Norwegian cities and 26% of those living in Portugal.

In addition, the survey showed that a lack of knowledge on how to park a scooter properly is the main cause of irresponsibly parked vehicles (52% in Germany, 59% in Portugal, 55% in Norway).

Meanwhile, the second-most frequently mentioned issue was unclear parking rules (42% – Norway, 38% – Germany, 28% – Portugal).

A lack of proper parking space for micromobility was then recorded as the third most important reason (Germany – 31%, Norway – 27%, Portugal – 18%).

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