Minister Peeters opens 14 ‘hop-in points’ in Louvain
On Sunday, Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), opened 14 ‘hop-in points’ in Louvain – Hoppin in Dutch. The opening happened on the occasion of the Carless Sunday.
A ‘hop-in point’, or mobi(lity) point, is a central spot where several means of transport are available, and where travelers can easily ‘hop’ from one transport mode to another. On some sites, there will even be additional services like a bicycle repair center or a parcel dispenser.”
Every Hoppin point will get a visible pillar with a touch screen. So, users can check how they can easily combine a train or bus and a shared bike, for instance.
“This is a huge step forward for a city like Louvain,” Mayor Mohamed Ridouani (sp.a) said. “These Hoppin points are a reliable alternative for the car.”
100 million euros
Louvain will install 50 similar pillars on its territory during the next two years. These mobility points will be useful for people coming to visit the city, but they will also be practical for residents who want to use a shared bike or cargo bike.
“During this legislature, I plan to free 100 million euros for more than 1 000 Hoppin points spread over the whole of Flanders,” the Minister said.
Turquoise and purple
Zoutleeuw is the first Hoppin point in Flemish Brabant. In the meantime, Louvain has 14 of them. Heverlee station is one of them; others are Parkpoort, Naamse Poort, and several in formerly independent municipalities like Wilsele.
The recognizable Hoppin points – with the eye-catching turquoise and purple logo – have to make it easier for Flemish passengers to combine several means of transport. They have to win over people for the modal shift.