Pilot Site: Flanders

Partner in Trace in charge of the Pilot site: Mobiel 21

Flanders is situated in the northern part of Belgium. It is a small, densely populated and flourishing region. Brussels is the capital of Flanders. Major European capitals, such as Amsterdam, Paris, and London are located within 500 kms of Brussels. Urban sprawl is ubiquitous in Flanders and many people therefore refer to Flanders as one large metropolis. The railway network of Flanders is one of the first and even the most extensive in the European Union. In addition, Flanders has important ports and airports and it is a crossroads of European roads and waterways. Although Flanders has a cycling culture and an excellent public transport system, the car remains the dominant mode of transport.

The total number of passenger-kilometers in Flanders has increased by 16% between 2000 and 2012. Traffic congestion at peak hours is an important mobility challenge, especially in and around Brussels. Traffic safety is another important issue, especially for walkers, cyclists, and scooter or motorcycle drivers. As for road safety, walkers and cyclists are respectively 8 and 23 times as likely as car drivers to die or get seriously injured in traffic.

Flanders sustainable urban mobility goals

  • In Pact 2020, Flanders aims to improve the accessibility of important transport gates and to reduce emissions of CO2, NOx, SO2 and fine dust (PM 2.5) by freight and private transport.
  • In 2011, 408 000 inhabitants were exposed to noise values exceeding 65 db(A) from traffic. The goal is to decrease the number of people that are (potentially) disturbed by traffic noise by 15% in 2020.
  • Traffic safety should improve significantly. By 2020, the number of traffic deaths should be decreased by 20%.
  • Flanders aims for 40% sustainable home-work travels (i.e., walking, cycling, or public transport) and a general decrease in the number of kilometers travelled for home-work transport. Currently, 72% of home-work travels is made by car and 28% of home-school travels is sustainable.
  • The CO2-emission of newly sold private cars should decrease to 130 g/km on average by 2015 and 95 g/km by 2020.

Activities in TRACE

The Positive Drive tracking application and the tracking tool accompanying the Traffic Snake Game will be piloted in Flanders.

Positive drive will be used in a specific pilot site in Belgium to encourage cycling and walking and/or the use of local sustainable mobility solutions that the pilot site wishes to promote.

The Traffic Snake Game tracking tool will support the Traffic Snake campaign. The Traffic Snake campaign encourages pupils,  parents, and teachers to travel sustainably to school. The tracking tool allows to collect data during the campaign that can help the school to develop a mobility policy for safer and more sustainable home-school transport.

Quick facts
  • Population: 6.47 million (1/1/2016)
  • Road network length:  70 604 km
  • Cycle paths length:  12 480 km
  • Public transport (PT) modes: Train, tram, metro, bus