The vision of the Ghent mobility company can be broken down into a number of main points. First of all, 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 the people maintain a feeling of autonomy. At this point we see that the city 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 aim of the city of Ghent is not to become a smart city, but rather to turn its population into (even) smart(er) people. 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. Unnecessary displacements could be avoided by providing the people with information beforehand, so they can make well informed choices based on this input.
This report describes the vision and the day to day operational management of the Ghent Mobility Company, written by Dominique Gillis, Angel Lopez and Sidharta Gautama (Ghent University).Download the report