Here's how Ghent ensures the easy accessibility of the city without compromising the health of its local residents and visitors.
Ghent is a vibrant city bustling with local residents, students, commuters and tourists. Every day, countless people are on the move and this results in a great deal of traffic. This is producing an increase in all traffic flows, putting greater pressure on public space and increasing harmful CO2 emissions. To ensure Ghent’s accessibility and livability in the future, the city’s heavily investing in sustainable mobility to reduce the impact of air pollution and enhance road safety.
The Ghent mobility plan
We have opted for a long-term approach ensuring sustainable mobility as well as quality of life. By means of the Mobility Plan, Ghent aims to become an easily accessible city where people live comfortably, safely and healthily. To this end, we have set the following targets:
- a shift from car travel to more sustainable alternatives
- a greater focus on electric mobility, car sharing and sustainable logistics
- making the city’s fleet of cars more sustainable
- Ghent's sustainable mobility projects
The inhabitants of Ghent make about 600,000 trips a day. In addition, approximately 185,000 people commute to Ghent every day. A large part of these trips are made to and from work (32%), and more than half of these are made by car. This results in traffic congestion, accidents, air pollution, etc. The good news is that an increasing number of alternatives can be easily used at the appropriate moment. This makes Ghent a more pleasant place to live, work, study and relax in!