by Tiana May
02 Dec 2022
Private mobility platform, FREE NOW has published results from its recent survey, which found that over half of the UK public plans to increase its use of sustainable transport in 2023.
This trend is motivated by the need to cut spending and look after the planet, with almost a third of respondents stating that transport options such as shared mobility and public transport were more important in light of the current cost of living crisis.
The FREE NOW survey data includes responses from 500 people across the UK aged 18–65. If representative, these findings show a marked shift in travel priorities across the UK, with modes such as micromobility and ride-hailing increasing in popularity.
In support of this report, the FREE NOW app has also seen a 200 percent growth in shared mobility usage in 2022.
The survey results revealed five transportation priorities for 2023:
“Sustainability is increasingly an important topic to both the general public and FREE NOW drivers. Already this year we’ve seen a 200% increase in micromobility usage on the platform and nearly three-quarters of all taxi and private hire tours were done with electrified vehicles. This is only set to continue in 2023 with more people pledging to prioritise sustainable transport in their daily lives, with FREE NOW on hand to support them in any way they like to travel.”
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