Encourage Sustainable Commuting

 

Increasing sustainable commuting to industrial zones

Background

The negative effects of transport in terms of pollution, congestion and climate change has urged the need for higher shares of cleaner and more efficient modes of transport. While new technology can solve some of these issues, behaviour changes has also been identified as an important factor to achieve a modal shift from cars to walking, cycling, public or shared transport.

Understanding that the daily commute accounts for a substantial part of our CO2-emissions, cities need to explore new ways to improve how we travel. The problem therefore has a global scale but requires a local or regional approach.

    Description

    Mechelen has industrial zones to the north and south. Together, these industrial zones are home to around 250 companies and have well organized parking management. Although Mechelen has excellent accessibility and always emphasizes this as an important economic asset, traffic jams to and in these industrial zones are increasing enormously. Reaching and leaving the industrial zone along the 3 access roads of Mechelen North is problematic and puts a question mark behind further economic growth. In Mechelen South, when leaving the highway (between Antwerp and Brussels), traffic gets stuck during peak hours.

    Additionally factors worsening the situation include the planned building of a large leisure park south of the city, and major infrastructure works in Antwerp and Brussels that will have a ‘knock-on’ effect on Mechelen’s traffic.

    To address this, we want to encourage employees in both the North and South industrial zones to opt for sustainable mobility. At present, safety of cycling and walking routes in these industrial zones is often compromised and the supply of public transport is rather limited.

    Expected Outcomes

    • A tool that enables traffic flow mapping in the affected zones;
    • Analytical insights that will improve decision making towards (smart) mobility solutions;
    • Open platform solutions that enable secure integration with other systems and have opportunity for scale.

      Expected Impacts

      • Increase in number of employees who travel to work in a sustainable way;
      • Increase in perception of safety of industrial zone amongst pedestrians and cyclists;
      • Reduction in congestion during peak hours.