The Netherlands Mobility Panel (MPN) studies trends in the travel behaviour of a fixed group of individuals and households over a long period. This research is carried out by a team of researchers from KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Goudappel Coffeng consultants and the University of Twente.

New insights in our daily mobility

The Netherlands Mobility Panel examines the role that transport plays in the lives of millions of Dutch citizens.

Each year 2,000 households record all of their trips during three consecutive days.

And once again this has produced new insights!

Take Sandra and Robert’s family, for example.

Their travel patterns have remained the same for the past few years…as have those of virtually everyone residing on their street!

Except, that is, for their neighbours, Ahmed and Anna.

They used to travel everywhere by bike.

But ever since their baby was born…they usually take the car - or go by foot!

Sophie and Jessie are students who live down the street. They sometimes borrow Robert’s car on weekends.

Robert however is usually using his car himself. The navigation system is usually switched off, unless he has an important meeting.

Not that he always listens to it, though. Sometimes he knows a few handy short cuts himself.

Navigation systems, e-bikes, WiFi in trains and more energy-efficient cars…much has changed in transport between 2005 and 2016.

Nevertheless, the Dutch still hold the same opinions of the various transport modes as they did ten years ago!

Do your travel patterns change when you move from the city to the countryside?

Why do some people choose to go walking or cycling?

The Netherlands Mobility Panel will soon set about answering these and many other questions!