Pilot: Those who travel to campus combine car and public transportation

The university is starting an experiment in offering staff and students a new form of travel advice that combines car and public transport. This should result in less CO emissions and fewer cars on campus. There will also be more sharing cars and bikes.

University, hospital, college and ROC start a pilot that allows students and staff to use a mix of transportation methods. So not by car or train, but both. Or even supplemented with a bike or bus. Everything to bring as few cars as possible to campus. Six questions for mobility manager Carlo Buise.

What does that pilot look like?

Suppose you live in Nuenen in Brabant and work at Radboud University. What is the fastest way to get to the office? The route planner reports that it will take you about an hour by car. If you use the travel advice from 9292, then you will be on the road for about two hours by public transport. But there is no app that combines car and train – or even bicycle. For example, while boarding a train in Boxmeer, says Carlo Buise, you will also be on the road for about an hour with less CO emissions.

For the Nuenen region and two other postcode regions, the mobility officers have investigated how travelers can get to the university using a combination of public transport and own transport. ‘People coming from the south often stop from Malden,’ says Buise. ‘Then it would be better for them to take the Maaslijn, read their e-mails on the train and get off at Heyendaal station. It saves a lot of cars on campus. ‘

So the goal is fewer cars on campus?

Yes, says Buise, because the Nijmegen campus is located between the residential areas and can not handle that traffic at all. For years, efforts have been made to reduce the number of cars. Another goal is to reduce CO emissions and ease parking pressure around Heyendaal and the surrounding neighborhoods. »Make no mistake, many students also come by car. At university it is 4 percent, at HE even 10 percent. ‘

How to get students and staff to participate in the pilot?

‘We are looking at who lives in the relevant postcode areas and hope to be able to write AVG proof for them,’ says Buise. ‘The participant saves costs because the university pays the public transport costs under the pilot.’

But what if you again need a car in Nijmegen to come to an appointment outside the door?

There are two electric sharing cars at the Berchmanianum Monastery (you can register via Carlo.Buise@radboudumc.nl). And there are electric shared bikes and cars on Gerard van Swietenlaan. ‘We need to expand the number of sharing cars and sharing bikes next year,’ says Buise. ‘There will be more hubs on campus where you can borrow them.’ Buise and his team are currently thinking of an app that allows an employee to enter the cost of the car (or bike) directly into the BASS declaration system. It should be easier with train tickets.

If those sharing cars are still there, can you also get them for private use in the evening?

Preferably yes, says Buise. The cars must also be able to be booked after working hours or on weekends, perhaps even for non-employees living in Brakkenstein. Costs will then of course be at your own expense. The university does not buy the cars itself, it will do so through a tender. A company à la Amber (for commercial car parts) must then ensure that there are sufficient cars available. By 2023, the sharing cars and bikes (incl. Delivery bikes) should be there. The municipality is currently working on expanding the shared car fleet with electric scooters, and the university also wants to be involved.

Can the university prohibit employees or students from coming to campus in their own car?

»Not so much prohibitive, but deterrent by, for example, charging a higher parking fee if there is a realistic alternative. You have to discuss what is realistic with each other. ‘ As an example, Buise mentions the use of an electric bicycle for people who live no more than fifteen kilometers from campus or travel by train and bus if the travel time does not exceed one hour. ‘Or a combination if your total journey is not longer than one and a half times the car journey time. You can also reduce the business mileage allowance for using your own car to encourage people to take a shared car or public transportation. And these are choices that the management and the staff council must make. ‘

Another idea, according to Buise, is to immediately encourage potential new employees to come to job interviews with public transportation and provide them with tailored travel advice as soon as they are hired. ‘New employees have not yet ingrained travel behavior, so there you can exert influence.’

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