Garage Swap

From 2016 to 2019
New homes lead to extra car ownership. In order not to burden the surrounding streets with extra parking pressure, municipal authorities impose a minimum of parking spaces for new construction projects. Even though underground parking lots are expensive and they may keep the surrounding streets free, they do not tackle congestion problems and other mobility problems. How do you solve that? By removing some of the expensive underground parking spaces and spending part of the cost savings to an offer of shared cars, single bikes, incentives, and guidance. These are necessary measures to achieve a modal shift in our mobility that - and this is important - also prevents parking problems. The remainder is invested in sustainable energy production or energy saving. Underground car parks are exchanged or swapped for sustainable solutions in the area in terms of mobility and energy.
TML supported the various Garage Swap programmes with the design and analysis of large-scale surveys and analyses of mobility and travel behaviour, supplemented with traffic-related interpretations at specific locations. This way, we were able to answer specific questions such as: How large is car ownership in specific neighbourhoods? How many people use a bicycle / public transport for their trips and how often do they do this? How many people are willing to share their car, or to dispose of it? What about the parking pressure in specific neighbourhoods?


From 2016 to 2019


Dewaco (Stad Aalst), Woonpunt Zennevallei, Stad Sint-Niklaas, Dijledal (Stad Leuven)


Impact Matters, Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL), Autopia, Ecopower, Coopkracht, Pajopower, Bureau Urbanisme (BUUR)

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Sven Maerivoet
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