Ghent is the capital city of East-Flanders, one of the five provinces in the Flanders Region, Belgium. It has a surface of 156 km² and about 259.000 inhabitants. It has its own traffic center, which takes care of traffic management in case of incidents. Download the report about the day to day operational management of the Ghent Mobility Company here
Ghent wants to take control of their own mobility management. In partnership with 7 organisations, the City of Ghent is developing an experimental tool for local mobility management, Traffic Management as a Service. Not only will this tool be used to get a grip on multi-modal mobility in the area, but also to start a dialogue about mobility with the citizens. The vision of Ghent fits well within the mobility policy of Flanders, in which a more decentralised approach is taken to mobility management.
The city’s mobility policy focuses on a multimodal approach. Recent measures include an extension of the pedestrian zone in the city center, the installation of a circulation plan in the center and prioritization of public transport.
Ghent is implementing a great deal of digital solutions, such as combining parkings and parking on the street, bike counting poles, counting systems for bicycle parkings, etc. The city recognises the importance of multimodal info, in order to be able to provide ‘mobility as a service’ (MaaS). The large number of mobility providers has made it very difficult for the consumer to see the wood for the trees. Multimodal info is also necessary in order to be able to establish a durable change in attitude.
It is important that we deal smartly with for instance the limited space at our disposal. It is equally important that we make room for public green spaces and walking space for pedestrians in the streets. This is even more the case as Ghent is a city that witnesses a substantial natural expansion.
The aim of the city of Ghent is not to become a smart city, but rather to turn its population into (even) smart(er) people.Unnecessary displacements could be avoided by providing the people with information beforehand, so they can make well informed choices based on this input. Ghent focuses on the use of open data, to be shared with its inhabitants. Via its open data portal, the city’s citizens can stay up-to-date with regard to a large number of topics. The city also signed the ‘Open Data Charter’, an initiative by the Flemish administration. The charter contains 20 general principles on open data. It represents a clear declaration of intent by Flemish and local authorities to take further steps with regard to the realisation of Open Data.