Closed streets (knip)
Motorized traffic can no longer pass through a closed street. Closed streets restrict 'sector-to-sector'-travel through the City center.
Closed streets are busy places where motorized traffic can no longer pass through. They make sure that you can no longer go from sector to sector through the city center. At certain places, it is no longer possible to physically cross these closed streets (e.g. street rearrangement). In addition, road markings and road signs can also indicate a closed street.
ANPR cameras with automatic registration plate recognition supervise closed streets. These cameras can check whether you are authorized to cross the street. In case you are not authorized, you will receive an administrative fine for minor offenses of 55 euros.
Who can drive through closed streets?
Emergency services, buses, trams of De Lijn, taxis and refuse collection vehicles (IVAGO) are allowed to drive through these closed streets.
City distribution services, organized transport for people with reduced mobility and professional health care providers can pass through closed streets at the Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and the Hippoliet Lippensplein, if they own one of the following permits:
- Permit 'Sustainable city distribution' (duurzame stadsdistributie);
- Permit 'Organized transport for people with reduced mobility' (georganiseerd vervoer van personen met een beperkte mobiliteit);
- Permit 'Professional health care provider' (professionele zorgverstrekker).
With an (electric) bicycle or moped (class speed pedelec, class A) you can pass a closed street. With a moped class B, you can only pass one of the big closed streets (Bargiebrug, Ottogracht and H. Lippensplein) or closed streets with a traffic sign that mentions class B as an exception. As a pedestrian, you are of course allowed to pass a closed street.
What do these closed streets look like?
On 7 locations, a closed street or an extension of the restricted traffic area goes hand in hand with a specific street rearrangement. By closing off transit traffic, there will be more space to relax and enjoy the city. There will be more seats, more green and marks on the streets. This rearrangement is temporary and does not include any big structural works. As the City of Ghent is interested in the opinion of its residents, this tempory design will be evaluated in 5 or 10 years before moving on to a permanent rearrangement.