The objective of the project was to develop a mobility plan for the Centre Hospitalier Régional aimed at staff and visitors.
The aim of the project in Namur was to develop a mobility plan for the Centre Hospitalier Régional aimed at staff and visitors. The hospital is located 3 km from the city centre and employs 1300 people. On average 2000 people travel to the site each day. The objective of the project was to reduce car use among employees, visitors and patients of the hospital through the development of a transport plan that would induce a modal shift to more sustainable modes of transport. First step was the analysis of the travel behaviour of staff, patients and visitors. The results of two questionnaires revealed that 77 % of staff travel to work by car although 47 % live very close to the hospital. Of the patients and visitors 86 % come by car.
The results of the questionnaire enabled the project team to identify a list of 28 proposed services out of which 18 were accepted by the Management Committee for implementation in the next few years. The services are a combination of hardware and software measures:
- promote information & advice: mobility cell, leaflets and newsletters explaining mobility plan, multimodal accessibility map
- improve accessibility: improved infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, PT and other users, improved signage and lighting for pedestrians and cyclists
- promote cycling: bicycle rental and secure parking facilities for employees, better financial conditions for people cycling to work and for the purchase of bicycles by employees, covered bicycle parking facilities for visitors>
- promote public transport: sale of PT tickets at hospital, information posters with train and bus schedules, higher financial contribution for PT costs of employees and change of reimbursement conditions, improved bus stops
- promote carpooling: organisation of carpooling for staff.
Some of the services have already been implemented. One of the major successes of the project is the motivation of the management board and the establishment of a mobility cell. Measures relating to parking management were rejected as the Board prefers soft measures and wants to avoid restrictive measures. The MOST project has helped to motivate the public administration located in Namur to develop its own mobility management approach. The mobility cell has provided information about alternative forms of transport and has raised awareness of mobility management issues among staff, patients and visitors at the hospital.