The vaccinations and the tests allow it: the return to the office. But how do you get there? On trains, buses and trains, people are often crowded. It is often impossible to keep your distance or to ventilate. In bad autumn weather, cycling is not an option for everyone either. So is it just the car?
At least he is and remains the favorite of the Germans. This is the result of a Yougov investigation commissioned by the insurer HUK-Coburg. The car meets the requirements of almost three quarters of the respondents as a means of transport. Local public transport ended up in the back seats after walking and cycling. 15 percent of those surveyed cited the train, 11 percent the streetcar and 10 percent the bus as the most appropriate form of transportation. The reason is also the corona crisis. 27% of those surveyed changed their attitude when choosing the means of transport – due to their experiences during the pandemic.
This is also shown by an ADAC survey in November 2020. Half of those polled said they consider the risk of coronavirus infection on buses and trains to be high. It’s not surprising. For months there have been repeated warnings to stay away from small rooms with lots of people – because of the aerosols. If the crowds on buses and trains are too big for you, you now often cycle to work.
Cycling became increasingly popular during the corona pandemic. According to the two-wheel industry association, 4.3 million two-wheelers were sold in 2019 and the five million mark was crossed in 2020. An unforeseeable problem lurks, however: the weather. The bicycle is still cheaper than the car, but according to the Zweirad-Industrie-Verband, the average price of a bicycle has increased, mainly because of the more expensive e-bikes. However, the growing sharing offers are cushioning this.
Probably no more people will be driving to work than already. There are alternatives that can protect against infection. And one of them costs nothing at all: make the trip on foot. The most natural way to get around is safer than a bicycle and more environmentally friendly than driving a car. Daily annoyances such as traffic jams, delays or train cancellations can literally be avoided – as long as the distance to the workplace allows.