IMOB tests sustainable commuter traffic Apr 15, 2016
The province of Limburg starts a new campaign to stimulate sustainable commuter traffic. The campaigns is called “Testkaravaan”. Hasselt University participates in this initiative and thus gives her employees the opportunity to test a sustainable mean of transport two weeks for free. About 40 employees of the Hasselt University were enthusiastic about the initiative and signed themselves up immediately, among them several staff members of the Transportation Research Institute.
The “Testkaravaan” passes by Hasselt University from 15th to 29th April. During those two weeks, the entire staff of the Hasselt University gets the chance to test a sustainable means of transport for free. “They can choose between regular bicycles, electric bicycles, electric folding bicycles, electric cargo bikes, bicycle trailers, Blue Bikes and train or bus tickets. The initiative was very popular. The electric folding bikes for example were all assigned in no time”, says Steffen Briers, who is responsible for the campaign within the Hasselt University Diepenbeek campus.
The initiative was enthusiastically received. “I travel 12 kilometres to work. I’ve already considered to buy an electric bicycle, because the distance is a bit too far to travel with a regular bike on a daily basis. Thanks to this project, I can test an electric bicycle before buying one. Ideal, isn’t it?”, said IMOB-researcher Tim De Ceunynck.
By launching this campaign, the province of Limburg hopes to make commuter traffic more sustainable. The “Testkaravaan” in West Flanders showed some promising results. 38% of the participants still travels to work sustainably after one year.