Policy elements

Mobility Plan Ghent 2030

Policy Element type: Strategy

The Mobility Plan for Ghent 2030 is intended as a driving force for a sustainable and accessible city. It aims to create a city that is both livable and accessible.  It is a positive reply to various questions and challenges. Less traffic pressure leads to safer squares and streets as well as a more attractive environment to live, work or study in. Ghent will stay viable and accessible thanks to the Mobility Plan. The Circulation Plan and Parking Plan are two important parts of the Mobility Plan:

Circulation Plan

More than 4 out of 10 cars are driving straight through the city center when they don’t have to. The Circulation Plan prevents this transit traffic from entering the city center. This way, pedestrians, cyclists, buses and trams will get more space and drivers who really need to be in the city can easily reach their destination.

  • the restricted traffic area is extended.
  • The city center is divided into 6 sections surrounding the restricted traffic area.
  • Car traffic that does not need to be in the city center can go from section to section through the inner ring (R40).
  • Car traffic that needs to go from municipality to municipality, is being encouraged to take the main ring road (R4).

Parking Plan

There are too few parking spaces for all cars in Ghent. With the Parking Plan, the City of Ghent deals efficiently and wisely with the available parking spaces. In general: “The further away from the center, the lower the tariffs”.

On the edge of the city, there are park-and-rides (P+R). These parking spaces are free of charge in most cases. At the park-and-rides, you can easily switch to public transport or bicycles.

  • More areas are reserved for resident parking. This way, residents easily find a parking space close to their homes.
  • Parking spaces on the street are divided into four zones. Each zone has its own tariffs, which get lower the further you are removed from the city center. This gives people who only want to park for a short time the chance to find a parking space faster.
    Pay attention: parking on resident parking spaces is prohibited when you are not a resident.
  • The underground parking spaces of the City of Ghent are divided into two groups: cheaper parkings (Ramen, Savaanstraat, Sint-Pietersplein and Tolhuis) and more expensive parkings where short-term parking is being encouraged by making long-term parking more expensive (Sint-Michiels, Reep and Vrijdagmarkt). In addition, you can also park at Zuid, Kouter and Center Parking, which are not managed by the City of Ghent.

To see other aspects of the plan, including bicycle and train priorities, check out this PowerPoint overview.

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