Women are more likely to walk to their destination than men.
By Zakaria Ouadghiri
Rabat – The population of Casablanca makes 7.8 million daily transits, according to a study introduced at “Casablanca’s Urban Travel Plan: First Results and Horizons” event on Wednesday in Casablanca.
The Household Travel Survey (EMD) found that 62 percent of trips are made on foot, 13 percent by public transport, 12 percent by personal vehicle, 9 percent by taxi, 3 percent by bicycle, and 1 percent by car.
The study also shows that women are more likely to walk (76 percent versus 57 percent for men) but men use public transport and cars more.
The survey estimates that over 46 percent of all trips are taken by people returning home, while the most frequent reasons for travel are for study (18 percent) and work (16 percent). The survey aims to inform stakeholders about the travel practices of residents in the Casablanca area
- EMD opinion poll on transport quality in Casablanca
According to the study, 5 percent of trips are made for shopping; 5 percent for leisure, social, and cultural activities; 3 percent for personal errands like visiting the doctor or going to the bank; and 3 percent for visiting friends and family.
There are only 113 cars per 1,000 people, according to EMD. However, another study found that Casablanca has 370 private cars per 1,000 people in greater Casablanca and 232 public transport vehicles per 1,000 as of 2012, estimating daily trips at 11 million.
According to the 2014 population estimate, 3.3 million people live in Casablanca and 6.8 million in the Casablanca-Settat region.
Tuesday, a bus caught fire at the intersection of Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni and Boulevard Anfa in Casablanca, reigniting anger over the quality of buses in Casablanca.