What does the ideal Zernike Campus look like in the field of mobility in 2030? This is the central question within the research that the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is conducting on behalf of Hive.Mobility, Campus Groningen and Groningen Bereikbaar. Under the title ‘Smart Mobility Campus 2030‘, the search for the ideal Zernike Campus started in the beginning of September.
Online sessions with stakeholders
In September, the SAC organized interactive online sessions with various stakeholders on campus, such as companies, educational institutions, governments and students, as well as external parties. During these sessions they were asked how they envision the ideal campus and what it takes to achieve this ideal campus. It soon became clear that, despite the great diversity of stakeholders, there are many similarities between their visions for the Zernike Campus.
Parking on campus
For example, people are already satisfied with the use of the bicycle and the current public transport connections are experienced as very pleasant. Nevertheless, the various stakeholders still see opportunities for improvements in these two areas. In addition, they believe that the role of the car on campus should be a lot smaller in the future. The sessions showed that the large parking spaces that are currently situated in the middle of the campus are an eyesore for many parties. A possible alternative is parking on the edges of the campus. The condition is then that the further travel to the final destination is pleasant. This can be done, for example, by means of an improved walking infrastructure, but also by offering different forms of shared mobility, such as electric scooters or shared bicycles.
Joint vision for the future of mobility
What mainly came out of the various sessions is that more cooperation is needed in the field of mobility. Usually individual action is now being taken. However, when there is collaboration, bigger steps can be taken. The past sessions are therefore seen as a first step towards a joint vision for the future of mobility on the Zernike Campus.
The mobility study continues
In the further search for the ideal Zernike Campus, we will also look at what is happening outside Groningen in the field of mobility. In the coming weeks, the SAC will therefore enter into discussions with other campuses in the Netherlands to find out what they are doing in the field of mobility and what the Zernike Campus could possibly learn from this.
The research ultimately emerges an ideal picture for the Zernike Campus in 2030, and which steps are needed to achieve this. This vision of the future can then serve as the basis for the joint mobility vision of the campus partners.
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