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Development of frequency

The developments of the last few weeks remain stable. Since the beginning of May, there has been a significant increase in mobility. People are increasingly "out of their homes," quite literally. Initial figures already show a small up-tick beginning with the opening of the schools on May 18th. The mobility of the Austrian population is approaching the normal levels of the pre-Coronavirus period and the use of public transportation is increasing daily. Thanks to the re-opening of retail shops, services businesses, restaurants and schools, public life is getting back on track.
 

How is mobility in Austria changing?

If you examine the figures since the beginning of the lock-down, a clear upward trend can be seen. On April 6th, 2020, there was a mobility reduction of 29%. However, compared to mid-January 2020, on April 17th, 2020, only 21% of people were at home or within a radius of one kilometer from their place of residence. One month later, on May 06th, 2020, the mobility reduction was only around 16%. If we look at the figures of May 19th, 2020, only 10% more people remain at home than before the lock-down.

Another indicator that people are increasingly on the move is their radius of movement. The radius of movement of Austrians is slowly increasing again. The number of people who only move within a radius of 0-500 meters around their place of residence is steadily decreasing. By comparison, the number of people who are more widely active within a radius of 500-5000 m or more than 5000 m is noticeably increasing.

Thus, it can be stated empirically that mobility continues to rise steadily throughout Austria. Key factors are the re-opening of trade, gastronomy and schools, as well as the return of people to places of work.
 

How are people moving right now?

An upward trend can also be observed in the means of transport. The use of public transportation is not yet at the level of the pre-Coronavirus period, but is increasing daily. The re-opening of restaurants and schools can be expected to contribute to a significant increase in public transportation usage. If you look at the individual traffic in contrast to public transport, you can see an increase in private traffic volume. On May 18th, 2020, there was only an 8% reduction in mobility for this means of transport compared to January 13th, 2020. During the same period, there was only a 28% reduction in pedestrians. In summary, it can be said that all types and categories of mobility are increasing. The growth in the motorized private transport category is especially strong as people are increasingly trying to reach their destinations by car.

Sources:
BleibDaheim  - A1/Invenium, as at May 19th, 2020
Apple Mobility Trends - Apple, as of May 19th, 2020
Effectiveness of the measures - CSH VIENNA, status May 13th, 2020
Life returns to the DOOH touchpoints - DMI, as of May 14th, 2020