Ghent, with its 250 000 inhabitants, is one of Belgium’s largest municipalities. The city has changed since the Nineties and the launch of its first bicycle and mobility plans. It now faces a rise in its population and the number of visitors, as well as an increase in vehicle traffic and the amount of trips made in the city.
So Ghent has updated its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. The main goal is a major change in the modal split by 2030, reducing car use from 55 per cent to 27 per cent for instance.
To design its new plan and ensure its success, the municipality relies on prior evaluation of the measures, cost-benefit analysis and monitoring. Ghent has developed several tools for these purposes, alone and in partnership with stakeholders. With feedback and data collected on a regular basis, the city will, if necessary, be able to make adjustments to the plan to be certain of reaching its goals.
Ghent has been selected as one of the three finalists for the 2014 European SUMP award.