The second round of focus groups, held in May and June 2019, involved one group of six migrants and one group with six participants living in remote areas. Most of them already took part in the first round of focus groups. LuxMobility organized together with a facilitator/translator the first focus group with six migrants presenting the mobility solutions Fietsmeesters, a Cycling training program, which has the goal to achieve safer cycling through the organization of workshop at schools, practical cycling lessons and cycling education, and Welcome Ticket, a specific programme allowing refugees to use public transport for free in a first stage. Later on, it offers a significant discount on the monthly fare.

These focus groups meetings followed the first round of focus groups that took place in autumn 2018 with the aim of highlighting the main mobility needs and problems. In this round, the objective was to present some of the already existing innovative mobility solutions and to understand their potential impact on the mobility habits of the vulnerable social groups.

The mobility solution of Fietsmeesters was stated as a useful service, however, they would only use this service to learn how to ride a bike if it necessary. However, they don´t see it as necessary to use the bike in Luxembourg. However, in general, it seen as a good integration tool for refugees. For the mobility solution “Welcome to Berlin” Ticket, it was nice to see that the participants would still buy a public transport ticket, even if they get an annual transport ticket for free in Luxembourg. However, the ticket should be at a reduced tariff if it stays affordable. In addition, as already mentioned above, it is a good integration tool.

During the focus groups with people living in remote areas, in this case most of the participants live cross-border and commute to their work in Luxembourg city, the mobility solutions of Bummelbus, a combination of a social project and a mobility service offering door-to-door trips by means of on demand minibuses, and Boleia, a ridesharing/car-pooling platform. Participants stated the Bummelbus service would be especially useful for children and elderly people due to a more flexible schedule in contrast to people who are working. The service Boleia was also not seen as flexible enough if you have to stick to specific working hours. In addition, most of the participants think that carpooling is not trustworthy and not safe.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2nd round of Focus groups in Luxembourg with migrants and people living in remote areas


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