UAntwerp has a long tradition in implementing creative policy actions for paying attention to sustainable transport modi for daily commute. This resulted in a remarkably sustainable division of transport used for daily commuting by staff, compared to other Flemish universities.
According to the zero-measurement report, transporting people (commuting and work-related travel combined) accounts for 50% of the total footprint. Still, quite some obstacles remain in the trajectory towards climate neutral commuting.
Concerning cycling, the safety and comfort of the routes to the different campuses remain a point for constant attention. We identified too high traffic speed, dangerous crossings, bad road surface, a general lack of space for the riding and stationary bicycle, outdated bicycle sheds ... These are key challenges to further increase cycling as a transport mode. Also, the spread of information about existing possibilities (e.g. showers and bike renting options) is very limited and could be drastically improved.
Concerning public transport, the absence of a direct bus connection between Berchem Station transport hub and Campus Drie Eiken / UZA is a major obstacle. Also, bus times and connections between Campus Drie Eiken and Stadscampus are reported to be unreliable.
Priority action points
As mobility represents a large share of the total UAntwerp climate footprint, it deserves focused attention. The highest savings can be realized with a combination of a modal shift (more public transport), shorter distances travelled (teleworking) and ecodriving. The modal shift can be actively promoted by the university and be incorporated in the overall vision of the university on mobility. In the longer term (e.g. 10 years), a shift to electric cars is feasible.
- Increase the visibility of existing commuting facilities
- Infrastructure improvements (fix roads & cycle paths, build new cycle paths, improve showers, lockers)
- Bike infrastructure map
- Bike leasing as part of renumeration
- Upscale bike sharing
- Discussion with the local municipalities on improved bike infrastructure
Measures related to public transport
- Discussion with De Lijn, lobby for improved connection for campuses (eg between Campus Drie Eiken and Berchem station)
- Make an official policy about working from home, that can of course depend on different statutes and job content.
- Working out a forward looking policy on available parking space and parking tariffs, at each campus.
- New infrastructure works should take into account the envisioned modal shift.