SUSTAPARK

6.08
From 2007 to 2009
Transport demand management can help cities to make their mobility more sustainable. One of the most effective ways for doing this is with parking management. However, no tools are available to the Belgian cities that can help them optimise the number of places, price and time slots of public parking, under the constraints of sustainability.

In the SUSTAPARK project, we built such a simulation tool. It is constructed as an agent-based microsimulator, in which drivers are modelled as a synthetic population. Their trips related to working, shopping, going out, et cetera are simulated, as well as their search for a parking space. The search behaviour is based on research that takes economic, cognitive, and situational factors into account when people look for a parking space.

The model has been applied to the city of Leuven, for which three case studies were conducted:

- adding a new large parking garage to the city centre, leading to a shift in the use of parking spaces,
- a higher parking demand due to the Christmas market, leading to increasing parking search times and distances,
- making part of a street in the city centre car-free, leading to no significant impact on parking behaviour.

Period

From 2007 to 2009

Client

Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO)

Partner

KU Leuven (SADL) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (CRU)

Our team

Griet De Ceuster, Sven Maerivoet
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