On the move with Amsterdam Science Park

A new survey lays the groundwork for sustainable travel to and from the park.

In order to tackle the future transport needs of our community, Amsterdam Science Park conducted a survey on residents’ present commuting habits and needs in May this year. 

The findings revealed that the current commuting behaviour of people at the park is fairly traditional. Many of them travel during rush hour (75%) and consistently use the same mean of transport for their home to work commute. So far, relatively little use is made of flexible working hours or alternative transport services.

The survey revealed that 35% of residents travel to the park by bicycle. Even more people (52%) use a bike in combination with public transport, while 17% opt for public transport and 25% travel by car. 

It can be seen that factors such as the arrival of the station have had a positive effect on the mobility of the people at the park.

The bike scored highly with users as a means of transport, with an approval rating of 53% (compared to 35% and 36% for public transport and the car respectively).

Travel time and travel ease are the most significant factors that determine the choice of transport. For cyclists, sustainability as a factor in transport choice is much more important than for car drivers (60% of cyclists but only 19% of drivers rated it). Meanwhile, it appeared from the July ‘bike lottery’ trial, whereby cyclists had the chance of winning a prize, that an even more positive attitude towards cycling can be stimulated. It was found that more employees chose to cycle during the bike lottery trial. Further initiatives will be taken to further the approach to achieving more sustainable mobility.

Based on a postcode analysis, it was established that 20% of car users live at a distance that could in principle be covered by bike or electric bicycle.

Based on the requested mobility needs, it was found that 30% of residents want to improve the availability of shared transport facilities (bicycles and cars). To this end, a number of initiatives have been taken:

  • Steps have been taken to introduce more charge stations for shared cars.
  • In addition, two shared cars have been made available at the Matrix buildings (next to Science Park 402-408. For details on using them, see the Amsterdam Science Park website).
  • 12 e-bikes have been placed at the WCW (Science Park 100-150). These can also be used as shared bikes for work to home commuting.
  • FNWI is in discussions with an e-bike service provider.

Based on the outcome of these initiatives, mobility measures will be further expanded.

There is a lot of interest among those surveyed in a transport budget or card. This idea will be further elaborated.