Glabbeek first rural municipality to launch mobility point
In the presence of Flemish Mobility Minister, Ben Weyts (N-VA), local authorities of Glabbeek (Vlaams Brabant province, Belgium) have inaugurated a so-called ‘mobility point’ on Tuesday. The mobility point, or shortly ‘mobi-point’ is situated nearby a bus stop and consists of twee parking places for shared cars and a bicycle shelter.
According to Mayor Peter Reekmans (Dorpspartij), Glabbeek with its 5.000 inhabitans is the first municipality in a rural region to introduce a mobi-point.
The concept of the mobility points was launched by car sharing platform Autodelen.net, Taxistop and Info Point for Public Space (Infopunt Publieke Ruimte) and is meant to make switching from one way of transport to another easier and to promote multimodal transport.
“The initiative gives inhabitants a valuable alternative for a (second) private car”, says Reekmans. The village will provide additional mobi-points in the formerly independent municipalities in the neighbourhood and they will all get an official, recognizable logo.
Although the car will remain the most important means of transport in a rural community like Glabbeek, local authorities want to promote sustainable transport and reduce CO2 emissions.
That is why several investments were made in new bus stops, bicycle infrastructure and a bicycle shelter. Since September Cars4community offers two shared cars for which people just have to use the Stapp.in app to reserve the car.
Better for climate and purse
During the first two months the shared cars were operational, one of them already had 1.000 km on the mileage counter, which is comparable with the use of shared cars in an urban region. “A success, thanks to the fact that we actively promote the system”, says Reekmans.
“It’s not only a better choice for climate and environment but it’s also cheaper. A taxi ride from Glabbeek to Tienen costs 50 euro, while driving a shared car only costs 15 euro.”