Problems with mobility increase with age. Walking is not self-evident anymore: uneven payments, hills, ramps, traffic and crossing roads, steps and carrying bags are examples of difficulties elderly people are confronted with. Access to a car also declines with age. Although access could increase in the future since present license holders move into older groups, currently bus use is still highest amongst older people.
Estimates suggest seventeen percent of the Dutch population experience a form of impairment. It is also suggested that one-third of these disabled people travels less than the rest of the population and that they are able to travel only very limited distances. Most problems emerge in waiting for, moving around or boarding a vehicle.
People on low incomes are said to make less journeys overall. More than other target groups, citizens with low incomes rely on friends and friends to move from A to B. Walking and using public transport is higher amongst low income groups. It is suggested that poor transport is a barrier to education and employment for these people.
With the arrival of around twenty thousand refugees in the Netherlands and more than one million in Europe in 2016, the demand for and use of mobility is obviously increasing. Acute problems for ethnic minority groups arise when it comes to mobility, such as language and culture barriers and lack of resources. Better accessibility to mobility boosts their opportunities for education and employment.