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Ghent Climate Alliance maps out city's sustainable mobility future (Belgium)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Reducing space for cars and increasing it for pedestrians are among the recommendations made by 'The Trojan Bicycle' for Ghent's mobility scene in 2050.
The state of mobility in Ghent (Belgium) in 2050 has been plotted by 25 members of the Ghent Climate Alliance. The group was given five days to analyse the current state of mobility in the city, identifying its weaker points and working out a sustainable future scenario. A report of the study, titled 'The Trojan Bicycle', is available in Dutch and summaries can be read in English and French.

The report says that the state of commuting in Ghent is having an adverse effect on the quality of life there. Therefore, a move away from vehicles using petrol-based fuels in favour of further use of bicycles and electric vehicles is recommended. Additionally, a new form of urban design that prioritises pedestrians over cars by creating streets as spaces for leisure and community activities is also sketched out.

Five key aspects are highlighted to change the state of mobility in Ghent. This includes neighbourhood parking places to reduce the number of cars parking on streets, freeing up space for pedestrians. Coordination with neighbouring municipalities, having a goal of a maximum travel time of 30 minutes between any two points in the city and implementing the report's recommended form of urban design are also included, as well as a commitment to sustainable urban mobility in the future of the city's development.

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