Forest makes parking on the street expensive during concerts
The Brussels’ municipality of Forest (Vorst, Brussels, Belgium) is creating an ‘event zone’ around its famous concert hall Forest National, in which parking on the streets will costs 5 euros per hour, during concerts. The measure will be activated from November 1st, 2019.
It might sound expensive for most Belgians, but compared to a city like Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where tariffs of 7,5 euros per hour are standard in the inner city, it’s not that extravagant. Amsterdam raised tariffs from April of this year to keep the town ‘livable’. And more and more cities are following this example.
Forest residents are complaining for years that when an event is organized in Forest National, they can’t find a free parking spot anymore in their streets. To discourage people from coming to the concerts by car, Forest will charge 5 euros per hour for street-parking with a maximum of 4,5 hours or 22,5 euros.
Residents will be exempted when they have a permanent parking permit, and their visitors can apply for a temporary license, the college of its ‘green’ mayor, Stéphane Roberti (Ecolo-Groen), and his aldermen propose to the city council.
The ‘event zone’ will be tested for one year and evaluated. Vorst wants the concert visitors to come by public transport or to use the parking lots that are reserved for these events.
The concert hall offers to park at the Brussels Audi factory tower (if available), which charges 5 euros for the evening. It’s a ten-minute walk to the concert hall.
But in the ticket price, an Event Pass is also included for the free use of trams and buses of the STIB/MIVB or a 50% discount on train tickets of the national railway company, NMBS/SNCB. People can leave their car on a free park-and-ride at the Brussels’ ringroad take public transport to the hall.
On the other hand, there are residents and local companies that offer their private parking spaces nearby during concerts via a sharing platform called MyflexiParking. Prices for the concert-goer vary from 18 to 22,5 euros from 7 to 11h30 p.m.