1) Seamless transit and an acccessible and liveable city: A2 tunnel + Green strip
This excursion focuses on the A2 tunnel & Green Strip plan. A plan with multiple objectives for the improvement of the traffic flow on the A2 motorway (transit traffic to and from Belgium), the accessibility of the city of Maastricht, as well as one that promotes the quality of life and road safety, resolving bottlenecks within the city, and creating opportunities for urban development.
The backbone of the plan are two distinctive and recognizable city entrances: 1) a stacked tunnels through which 80% of the current traffic travels underground and creation a greener residential environment aboveground; 2) the green, recreational lane for cyclists and pedestrians that winds Landgoederenzone to junction Europaplein.
Realizing large-scale road works and leading events without disrupting the economic functioning and liveability of the city and region is an enormous challenge. Regioregie, a team of mobility stakeholders keeping Maastricht accessible, ensures the accessibility by coordination and cooperation and the efforts of smart and effective measures. Within Regioregie all mobility stakeholders have joined forces: road operators, mobility experts, contractors of large-scale infrastructure projects, employers, emergency services and public transport operators. Because of joitn efforts road works and events in the region are aligned, traffic flow is monitored, optimising measures are prepared for and communication for road users is bundled. Traffic disruption is limited as much as possible this way.
Length: 2,5 - 3 hours
Transportation: by bus to Geusselt
2) Living Lab Wyck: efficient goods delivery in addition to various urban mobility initiatives
During this excursion numerous examples of local mobility iniatives in the Wyck district of Maastricht will be given. In Living Lab Wyck, Maastricht Council, Accessible Maastricht and various companies work together on solutions regarding the challenges faced in urban distribution. The goal is to have an emission-free city centre in 2025 as well as reducing traffic and therefore fewer delays during peak hour. More efficient distribution and the use of electric vehicles are just two solutions that come under this banner. Maastricht Accessible encourages entrepreneurs to creatively combine goods for delivery in the “last mile” and to set up smart (electric) distribution systems. To realize sustainable solutions for urban distribution, Wyck uses smart collaboration to make a positive business case for the private parties concerned. The aim of the measures is to achieve structural logistical changes.
The chosen integral approach is achieving optimal results in the Wyck district of Maastricht, with the aim of upscaling it to the rest of the city centre and to other cities. In Wyck an entrepreneurs association is working together in order to secure a quality impulse.
Creating more bicycle parking spaces
More and more people are choosing to cycle around Maastricht, which means more bicycle parking spaces are needed around the station. In light of this, NS (Dutch Railways), ProRail, the Municipality of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg, and Accessible Maastricht are collaborating to build a bicycle park underneath the Stationsplein in which 3,000 bicycles can be parked in a sheltered and safe space that is free-of-charge for the first 24 hours. The construction of the underground bicycle park will significantly boost the quality of the station area, as an underground bicycle park will clear the overground area of the station of bicycles and create a more pleasant environment.
Length: 2,5 - 3 hours
Transportation: by bus to Central Station – walking through the area
3) Bike Excursion: regional cooperation with regards to bike use (recreational cycling and cross-border commuting), smart bicycle parking and bikenomics
Over the past five years Maastricht has focussed itself on a policy of more bicycles. As a result, there will be several infrastructure projects focussed on bikenomics and creating more cycle paths and smart cooperation in order to stimulate cross-border commuting and recreational cycling in the coming years. During this excursion we will elaborate on our urban and regional activities.
Since the number of people cycling is on the rise, Maastricht Bereikbaar and Maastricht Council have teamed up to maximize the amount of bicycle parking available in the city. The number of bicycle retailers continues to rise and various bike-related entrepreneurs enter the market. In the Province of Limburg many initiatives are related to cross-border commuting and recreational cycling. Recreational cyclists taking a significant and growing share of total bicycle use in the Euregion. The leisure economy is growing. The Province of Limburg is therefore intensifying the cooperation and policy atunement with the neighbouring countries and neighbouring provinces when it comes to the completion of the cycling infrastructure and cycling promotion.
During the tour we will inform you about the cross-border cooperation which is mainly based on the following spearheads:
- agreements with regional carriers, municipalities and road authorities to better adapt the projects and to promote cycling in Limburg.
- realization of Fast Cycle routes with other road authorities by optimizing the existing infrastructure.
- together with the different municipalities, the Province takes the lead in creating a good regional and euregional (Belgian Limburg, Liege, German border) bicycle network and actively links with tourism and recreation as is done in Belgian Limburg.
- special attention will be given to dangerous traffic locations for vulnerable road users (bikers, walkers, schoolchildren) where smart physical interventions can provide solutions in addition to preventive and educational measures.
Smart bicycle parking
Maastricht Accessible and the Maastricht Council have teamed up to maximize the amount of bicycle parking available in the city and are conducting a pilot programme for smart cycle parking. Intelligent camera systems are observing how better use can be made of the existing bicycle parking facilities and how we can help cyclists find bicycle parking in a more efficient manner.
Length: 2,5 - 3 hours
Transportation: by bike from MECC – bike tour with presentation stops along the way
4) Greening mobility management: encouraging bike and public transport use and rewarding sustainable and off-peak travelling
During this excursion we will inform you about our employers approach. A unique combination of persuading employees, embedding the approach in employers’ mobility policy, offering good alternatives to the car (trial campaigns of public transport, bicycle and e-bike, purchase discounts, incentives to travel outside peak hours), and sharing knowledge and inspiring others at a strategic level, lessons learned form a pilot conducted at the Maastricht Medical Centre and a rewards programme.
Smart Travel Smart Working
Active policy focusing on greening mobility policy which has two dimensions, namely Smart Travel and Smart Working, and sharing this with other employers. Specific arrangements are made with employers with respect to being a good employer, social responsibility, climate policy, air quality, healthy and fit employees, and the more efficient use of resources. Employers discovered that mobility policy has interfaces with numerous in-house strategic items. More and more employers in South Limburg are looking for concrete opportunities to develop sustainable business policies and healthy employment practices. Maastricht University Medical Center+ is one of them and is happy to share their results and experiences with regards to their new mobility policy.
Rewards programme South Limburg on the Move
The main message and the main purpose of the ‘South Limburg on the Move’ rewards programme is to encourage to travel smarter during peak hours. This is something that everyone can relate to, including employees, employers and people travelling during peak hours. This is also a behavioural change that really makes a difference: congestion is reduced, vitality and health are improved, it is sustainable and it encourages togetherness and pride.
Length: 2,5 - 3 hours
Transportation: by public transport and by bike