despite the 100 euro bonus, are Corsicans ready to change their habits?

In its catalog of measures presented by the government on 6 October to reduce our energy consumption, the recommendations pile up, and the recommendations relating to transport have generally been implemented for a long time (eco-driving, use of LEDs, improvement of energy-efficient lifts! … ). One of them stands out in particular, presented as a key measure: carpooling. It is necessary, says the sobriety plan, “promotes carpooling thanks to a bonus for every new carpool that registers on a platform”. This help will actually be awarded to people who register on a carpooling site such as Blablacar, Mobicoop, Larouverte, Karos, etc. A first part of the bonus is therefore paid out at that time, and the second after a certain number of journeys, etc. “confirm that it is not an artificial registration, but that (carpooling) is really a use”.

Carpooling without platforms
An approach that is considered too restrictive for some “If it was €100 a month, maybe, otherwise no interest,” says Corinne U., a 42-year-old woman from Bastia. will pass from the check”. For two years, the woman has offered carpooling for the journey Ajaccio – Bastia.

For her, as for many other Corsicans, carpooling mainly involves two groups Facebook, CV2A Carpool Corsica (established in 2020) and Corsican cultural carpool CCC (established in 2011). With approximately 3,000 members each, these groups not only offer carpooling to attend cultural events or to make long-distance trips for modest amounts, but also commuting.

Practicing this method of transport for a year, Marion, in her forties, also goes through these groups to travel from Ajaccio to Bastia.There is a check now ?! she wonders. I think it will take longer on the mainland. Me, at least, I continue on Facebook. Carpool platforms are not used here.

Other users like Cécilia, 36, don’t feel ready “running after people to carry out simple travel needs, I don’t want to”.

It is not the first time that the government has initiated measures to develop this practice. Carpooling occupies an important place in the Mobility Orientation Act (OMG) published on 24 December 2019. For two years, the intermediate municipalities and the Regions can pay compensation to drivers and passengers for carpooling.

Is Corsica ready to take on the challenge?

According to a ranking of regions established by the Klaxit mobile application, Corsica is the region that carpools the least in France when traveling home to work. The data does not include all that is informal carpooling, it is necessary to understand journeys that do not go through the platforms and that are not paidDavid explains to you Nardodevelopment director for Klaxite. Besides, neither territory nor the urban areas, whether Bastia or Ajaccio do not have it put introduce mechanisms to support travel

Communities must support change

things seem moves on the Bastia side. Already active in several French regions and in Monaco, Klaxit would have started chat with cab to set up this type of system in greater Bastia. These would be short distances, home to work and straightforward trips. Our peculiarity is that we constitute carpooling networks as a supplement to public transport. We must create near-urban activity zones where public transport is not Effective, even non-existent”explains the director of platform development. The profit for the driver would be two euro cents per kilometer per transported passenger. So for an average distance of 25 kilometer, he would earn around €2.50. As for passengers, they usually pay nothing or a symbolic price of €0.50 applies. Carpooling is not just what we know. people know BlaBlaCar for long distances, but they do not think there are twentyapps at short distances, developer David di Nardo. He It is very important that local communities support this behavioral change so that it becomes a long-term form of transport.”

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