The Ghent Transport System and its Mobility Plan – 18th January 2022
Posted: 07 January 2022
On Tuesday 18th January 2022, Peter Vansevenant from the Department of Mobility in Ghent will be describing the city’s local bus and tram network. Peter is an expert on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and will also explain the ongoing development of the regional mobility plan and how this compares with York.
Ghent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is small enough to walk around – it only takes about 20 minutes to walk through the historic city centre. In 2017 the city rolled out a mobility plan with the aim of improving the quality of life for residents and visitors of the city. The plan is supported by a parking plan, which has moved long-stay and commuter parking out of the centre, with free park and ride buses into town. For residents, there are financial incentives to switch to car sharing and car clubs.
Public transport and active travel play a central role. Ghent has a modern tram network connecting to the train station: you can even pay your fare by text message. As well as the park and ride buses, there is a free electric mobility bus in the centre and free public transport for children. Public spaces have been reclaimed from the car, with new greenery, outdoor eating, and plentiful walking and cycling routes.
The meeting will be from 5.30 to 7pm and will be run using Zoom.
Everyone is welcome. If you are not a member, do join us, and help improve and expand York’s bus network: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/join-us/