TU/e staff will be off the hook for another three months before they will be charged two euros a day for parking on campus. Initially, paid parking was to be implemented on January 1, 2015, but since the license-plate recognition system still has to be contracted out and tested, Internal Affairs expects the system to be put to use no earlier than March.
The Executive Board wants to convert the MMS terrain at Celebeslaan to a parking lot, so staff may park close to campus for free. The project will cost 300,000 euros. The University Council is in favor of the idea, and has resigned to the fact that staff will have to pay two euros daily to park on campus starting from 2015. Still, the council also provided the board with ‘unsolicited advice’ by urging them to further investigate certain aspects of the plan.
Over the last few days, several employees have enjoyed a test ride on an electric bike in the spring-like sunshine. Upon handing over their staff pass they were free to take a test ride on one of the electric bikes with pedals that can be purchased at a discount. Nine models are on offer, including a cargo bike. Supplier piECObello will be on campus with their bikes the whole week between 12 and 2PM.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: there will be no exceptions in paying parking fees at TU/e campus.
To get employees out of their car and onto an e-bike, TU/e has reserved two hundred spots for participants in the B-Riders Plan: a plan to compensate cyclists for every kilometer they traveled by bike. Toward the end of February, several e-bikes will be available for a test ride on campus.
Starting this fall, TU/e employees will have to pay two euros a day for parking on campus. Executive Board member Jo van Ham says it’s a necessary step to maintain a livable campus. Employee members of the University Council and the unions feel personnel shouldn’t have to contribute towards reaching the housing standard, and have come up with alternatives.
University Council contacted an external lawyer to determine the say University Council has regarding the Mobility Plan. The plan was presented to the Council last Monday and states that staff members will be required to pay a two-euro daily parking fee starting mid 2014. Unions have already expressed their disapproval during IGO (institution-specific meeting). They want to consider alternatives.
Mobility plan TU/e
TU/e wants to transform its campus into a sustainable campus of nationwide importance and of international standing. The campus will get the appearance of a ‘city park’ with an increasing focus on the quality of the outdoor environment. The Green Strip (a traffic-free green central area) plays an important role in this ambition.
The current streetscape with parked cars does not correspond with the ambition of the TU/e to develop a city park. By ‘greening’ and making the campus more user friendly a large number of parking places will disappear, in the short and long term. TU/e wants employees to reconsider the way they commute: from January 2015 they have to pay a parking fee too: 2 euros a day.
More on mobility and parking
More information about the mobility plan can be found on the site of Real Estate Management.