The city of Leuven in Belgium, is a growing university city of just over 100.000 inhabitants 20km east of Brussels and the capital of the province of the Flemish Brabant. Leuven has been introducing some traffic measures in the recent years. These measures fall apart in three broad categories.
But unwinding the city’s future mobility demands, assuming a growing city, and continuing to work on updating and upgrading the mobility system in the transition towards sustainable modes, are on the city’s agenda for the next period. Next years the focus will expand from the city centre to the city’s surrounding residential zones. In these zones, where the majority of Leuven residents are living, rolling out local mobility plans is on the agenda. In these planning processes, inclusion of citizens and local stakeholders by participative processes is intentionally aimed for.
In this regard, the Leuven pilot, as part of the WeCount project, can support in these ambitions by deploying Telraam traffic counting devices. This Telraam approach will serve two broad purposes: establishing a method for monitoring the implementation of any past and future mobility measures across the Leuven territory by gathering continuous multimodal data streams. Secondly, by working as a way on collecting crow-sourced traffic data on local mobility flows, and getting grassroots citizen feedback. This citizen-science tool is embedded in the participative process and serves the goal of creating civil support for the future mobility shifts.