First carpooling car park in Wallonia Picardy
Walloon Mobility Minister, Carlo Di Antonio (cdh), and Budget Minister, Jean-Luc Crucke (MR), have inaugurated the first carpool car park of Wallonia Picardy, in the Hainaut Region. Costing 450.000 euro, it counts 95 parking spots and borders the A8/E429 Tournai-Brussels motorway. Minister Di Antonio took the opportunity to point out to the benefits of carpooling.
Bordering the A8/E429 motorway sits a new 95-place car park dedicated to carpooling. For some year now, numerous drivers have parked their car under the motorway bridge, on the hard shoulder of the Renaix Street (N60). The demand for a dedicated car park where vehicles could be left safely was therefore high.
Parking spots, bike shelters and charging points
Six months ago, the Walloon Infrastructure division (Sofico) invested 450.000 euro in the construction of the new carpool car park in Frasne-lez-Anvaing. In the near future, the construction will be totally finished, with the installation of security cameras, bicycle and motorbike shelters, and charging points for electric or plug-in hybrid cars.
Wallonia now counts around thirty carpool car parks, seventeen of which are managed by the Sofico offering more than 1.200 parking spots. Yet, Belgium is still not top of the class in terms of the intelligent usage of cars.
1,3 passenger per car
“Today, Belgium counts on average 1,3 passengers in every car”, explains Mobility Minister Carlo Di Antonio, “where our neighbours are at 1,7 or 1,8. That is the objective we should attain by 2030. If we reach that number, there will be no traffic jams at peak hours and in addition to resolving the mobility issue it will contribute to the reduction of CO2.”
The Minister points out that, three cars out of four driving on Belgian roads at peak hours only have one person aboard. A reduction of 10% of those single-person cars could reduce traffic by 40%. With one quarter fewer cars, all traffic jams would disappear.