Majority wants less traffic in the city


Buchs ZH – A majority of the Swiss population is in favor of fewer cars in the cities, the expansion of public transport, they want more green spaces and more affordable housing, also with the help of government intervention. This is shown by a survey on the future vision for sustainable cities conducted by the parcel service provider DPD Switzerland.

The Swiss want their cities to become less congested, greener and more affordable over the next 30 years. This is the result of a representative survey conducted by the Sotomo opinion research institute on behalf of the express and parcel service provider DPD Switzerland in June of this year. It bears the title Future Image Sustainable City.

According to the survey, six in ten want more car-free zones in urban centers and almost as many (58 percent) want more trees in built-up areas and more separated bike lanes. In exchange, they would accept fewer parking spaces and car lanes. 84 percent are in favor of better public transportation. For connections between cities, 88 percent would like to see an expansion of the pan-European fast and overnight train network. 53 percent want highways with more capacity.

There is a clear discrepancy between young and older people on the subject of climate neutrality: while 22 to 24 percent of all age groups between 31 and over 60 consider the net zero target by 2050 to be realistic, only 12 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds believe this to be the case. At the same time, however, 87 percent of them consider this goal desirable. For all other age groups, the figure is only between 68 and 78 percent.

A large majority is in favor of promoting affordable housing for the elderly (91 percent), including sympathizers of the FDP (88 percent) and the SVP (85 percent). Nonprofit housing is what 70 percent of the population wants. Sixty-five percent are in favor of taller buildings, and 52 percent are in favor of limiting the number of objections to building projects. ce/mm