Ghent is the third largest city in Belgium, just after Brussels and Antwerp, situated at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, located in the Northwest of the country. Today, it is an university town and cultural hub. The topography is mostly flat with a river running through the center.
The high modal share, prevalence of all types of cyclists, and the strong organization from both the government and advocacy groups proves that Ghent has strong cycling culture and policy. The city is already implementing an ambitious bicycle plan and the modal share of cyclists is in constant increase. As the number of cyclists increases, the city should focus on making cycling more convenient by means of ITS measures, such as green waves. Ghent has one cycling event every year called Car-free Sunday, and more could be added to further promote cycling, particularly for kids.
Modal split of cycling: 30%
Average length of trips made within the city: 4.3 km