Antwerp CEOs gather around smart mobility solutions
Last Tuesday several CEOs of Antwerp companies gathered for the second time to talk about smart mobility solutions during the coming infrastructure projects in the region. The meeting is part of the Slim naar Antwerpen (Smart to Antwerp) campaign, which started in 2016, stimulating people to choose for ‘an intelligent way to come to the city centre’.
Results can be better
A mobility scan of 22 participating companies showed that almost 60% of 22.187 employees use their own car for commuting. Calculations based on distance between home and work and the availability of public transport proved that these results could be improved: 47% could use a bicycle or e-bike (instead of 21% at the time of the scan) and commuting traffic using public transport could rise from 18 to 26%.
“We have to make all alternatives as safe, as efficient and as comfortable as possible”, Antwerp Alderman for Mobility Koen Kennis (N-VA) said. “We also have to promote multi-modality. People could for instance use their car for the first kilometres, leave the car behind at a park & ride zone and then continue their trip by bike or public transport.”
Reduce CO2 emissions
“Increasing the accessibility of the city centre is not only economically important but also necessary to reduce CO2 emissions”, Peter De Wolf of DHL Parcel, one of the participating companies, said.
In the meantime 41 companies with more than 150 employees are involved in this ‘think tank’ project. Apart from the mobility scan they can get fiscal advice or an introduction to mobility providers. Also SMEs can have special support.