Research group sets precedent for future of mobility in Brussels

The VUB Mobilise research group, with the municipality of Anderlecht and Mpact, developed four designs for mobility hubs and asked residents of the area to vote for their favourite. The Brussels regional government is now evaluating their choice to see if it can be implemented. The three other designs are also inspiring the creation of mobility hubs as part of the region’s mobility strategy.

The Brussels government is currently considering its regional mobility strategy, which should be finalised by 2024. In this strategy, it wants to incorporate the concept of mobility hubs: locations where multiple transport services such as tram and bus are available alongside services such as digital information kiosks, secure bike parking, parcel lockers and public toilets.

To implement these hubs, the VUB Mobilise research group, within the framework of the Smarthubs research project, made four designs with the Anderlecht municipality and Mpact as examples of how future mobility hubs in Brussels could look. Several parties were given a say as part of the co-creation process.

"More than 100 people took part in the process: residents, commuters, transport operators, local civic organisations such as Cosmos, Maks, Les amis de l’Etincelle, Névé and Espace 16 Arts, and the government," says Lluis Martinez Ramirez of VUB Mobilise. "Based on expert advice and taking into account the opinions of all those participants, residents voted on a final design that we are now handing over to the government for implementation. But the other three designs can also serve as examples of what a mobility hub could look like."