Interviews completed … Writing begins!

Yesterday we reached the mid-point of our assignment here in Brussels!  We have completed our interviews, documented our findings, are solidifying our recommendations, have a draft of our presentation, and are starting in our written report.  It’s been a very busy 10 days so far!

Our 6-person Smarter Cities Challenge team has ….

  • completed 32 interviews with government officials, public transit operators, executives at private companies and associations, academics, consultants and bloggers
  • received over 450 responses to a survey about mobility preferences that we created and distributed via social media earlier this week
  • taken 27 trips in and around Brussels by our team on all modes of transportation:  car, bus, metro, tram, train, bike and on foot

Before arriving last week, we did our research and knew something about the traffic congestion issue here.  For example, a study by the OECD found that “the Brussels Capital Region experiences some of the worst peak-hour traffic congestion in Europe“.

Here are some key facts that bear that out …

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Having been here now for 10 days, we have certainly experienced the traffic first-hand.  As I write this at 6:30pm, here’s a view of the traffic on the “small belt”, or inner ring road, that runs just past our hotel … it’s bumper to bumper, with all red tail lights and constant honking horns!

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Stay tuned as we continue to refine our thinking, and polish the deliverables for our partners, Minister of Mobility and Public Works Pascal Smet and State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region Bianca Debaets.

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