Results of the MPN

Data have been collected annually from the Netherlands Mobility Panel since 2013. Many studies using these data have already been completed. Several animations have been made that highlight some of the results obtained from these studies in recent years.

The Netherlands Mobility Panel examines how societal developments affect transport in the Netherlands. The first results are in!
In the fields of social contacts, shopping and car use in households we see several trends.

Consider Sophie for example. She often babysits at Sandra and Robbert’s...
In the evening she chats with Jessie, whom she met through Facebook.
To visit Jessie, Sophie has to make quite a trip!
The girls no longer look for a love in a bar, but on websites.
The young lovebirds are just as happy sitting at home instead of going to the cinema.
Even grandma and grandpa are keeping up with the times. They search online for the best bargain ... but buying?
Not without taking a look in real life first!
Something Robbert doesn’t understand.

If he shops online, he compares, selects ... then buys.
If Robbert wants to go play tennis, he first has to check with Sandra.
She’s running late at work and since she has the car ...
Robbert has to find another solution.
The neighbours .... solved this differently.

How do all these people find their way ... without traffic jams?
And how do people value different transport modes?
These and other questions will be answered by the Netherlands Mobility Panel in 2016.

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!

Reports and presentations

The results of the various studies conducted with the data from the MPN are available on this website. Several presentations have also been given and articles written about the design of the MPN in recent years. These can also be found on the website. You do not need permission to quote from these publications, as long as you mention the source.

More reports are available on our Dutch website


In addition to the animations, a factsheet on a study using MPN data has been published. You can download this fact sheet below.

More factsheets are available on our Dutch website