European Mobility Week
The European Mobility Week will take place from 16 to 22 September
In 2021, Slovenian residents made 29% of their daily trips in a ‘Save Energy’ mode: on foot, by bike or by public transport. Transport expenditure represented 17% of total household final consumption expenditure. The number of passengers using public transport in 2022 was lower than ten years ago.
Since 2002, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport has organized the European Mobility Week between 16 and 22 September, and it traditionally concludes with the Car-Free Day. This year’s theme Save Energy encourages us to walk, cycle and use public transport, so it is promoting behavioural change in favour of cheaper and active mobility with positive impact on our body, environment and space. The EU member states have committed to achieving a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. People in Slovenia make 67% of daily trips by car, however the commitments should cause changes in our mobility habits, and turn us to locally and planetary 'save' mobility.
A third of women made their trips in a ‘Save Energy’ mode
In 2021, the residents of Slovenia (aged 15–84) made 29% of their daily trips in a ‘Save Energy’ mode – on foot, by bike or by public transport. Women made this way 32% of their trips, men 26%. The best followers of the theme were the residents aged 71–84 and 15–25, who made 44% and 40% of trips, respectively, on foot, by bike or by public transport.
In the past ten years the number of passengers in public transport declined
In recent years, the responsible ministry has been improving the accessibility to public transport with different types of tickets (free, subsidized, family, single, etc.). Regardless of the mentioned encouragement, in 2022 the number of passengers decreased compared to 2013, namely in urban, interurban bus transport, and in national railway transport by 21%, 3% and 13%, respectively.
In the same period, the number of registered passenger cars increased by 14%. In 2013, there were 516 passenger cars per 1,000 population, while in 2022 there were 571. In that year, there were on average 1.4 cars per household.
In 2012–2021, the number of cars per 1,000 population declined only in Lithuania
In 2021, there were on average of 567 cars per 1,000 population in EU member states. Countries with the most cars were Poland and Luxembourg (687 and 681 cars, respectively), and countries with the fewest Romania and Latvia (400 and 404 cars, respectively). In ten years, i.e. since 2012, in spite of the policies such as green transition the number of cars per 1,000 population in EU member states increased by 16%, in Slovenia by 9%. The number of cars per 1,000 population increased the most in Romania and Poland (by 79% and 40%, respectively); only in Lithuania, the number decreased by 3%.
Share of expenditure for transport the highest in Slovenia, the lowest in Slovakia
Among the EU member states, Slovenia has the highest share of final consumption expenditure of households that is intended for transport. In 2021, transport expenditure accounted for 16.9% of total final consumption expenditure. Lithuania, the next country on the scale, has a 15.3% share.
In Slovenia, the majority of the expenditure was intended for the purchase of cars and their operation (maintenance, fuel). Among the EU member states, Slovenian households have the lowest share of expenditure related to transport services.