Evolution of urban mobility behaviour in Brussels as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The goal of this research is to understand the impact of COVID-19 restriction measures on the change in urban mobility in Brussels, Belgium. With daily data over the past 2 years depicting both the affluence to different places and the level and type of restrictions, we investigate through regression analysis their impacts on the changes in driving, public transport and cycling use. We find that cycling increased significantly (+63%), and that driving levels have returned to pre-COVID levels after a significant reduction in spring 2020, while the return to public transport has been slower. We also find that the change in cycling use was not influenced by COVID-19 restrictions, although telework and closing of retail establishments strongly affected the other modes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages15
JournalRegional Science, Policy & Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the support of the STIB-MIVB, the Royal Meteorological Institute and Brussels Mobility for sharing the data needed to perform the analyses.

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© 2022 The Authors. Regional Science Policy & Practice © 2022 Regional Science Association International.

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