Q-Park is a Sustainable Mobility Partner

Q-Park has been instrumental in realising sustainable urban mobility hubs in various cities throughout Europe. 


Prompted by the European Union’s Green Deal and national government directives, many metropolitan areas and cities have adopted a sustainability agenda. The vision and plans set out encompass a wide range of environmental targets.

Multi-disciplinary teams, representing the multiple policy areas involved, are working to translate the new agenda into sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs). The aim is to move towards future-proof sustainable and more user-centric urban mobility for the convenience of residents, commuters and visitors alike.

In the long run, sustainable urban mobility will benefit the entire community as infrastructure is improved and movements in and around cities become more efficient. The knock-on effects, including more active mobility, lower emissions and greener urban areas, will also benefit public health and welfare.

Having analysed over one hundred city specific sustainable urban mobility plans in various countries, Q-Park’s sustainable mobility experts have noticed a trend to set targets and draw up plans that:

  • Reduce emissions and pollution
  • Create accessible and liveable urban areas
  • Free up public space for people and greenery
  • Increase vitality as more people engage in active mobility and walk or cycle to their destination



Key shift in sustainability agenda

Throughout Europe, there’s a shift in the sustainability agenda. Personal mobility remains an important economic driver. However, as the need for sustainable mobility increases, the focus is now shifting:

  • From cars to people (Space & Greenery);
  • From cars to active mobility (Walking & Cycling);
  • From owned to shared (Car sharing & Public Transport);
  • From fossil fuels to electricity (EV Cars & EV Logistics)


Mobility hubs are the solution

When you, as urban mobility planner, step back and take a wider perspective on mobility, you may start to consider mobility and transport in urban areas as a whole. Rather than planning and making provisions for the different modes of public and private transport separately, it makes sense to combine them – city wide!

As you consider the network of bus and tram stops, light rail and train stations, you can identify local hubs that people walk or cycle to. When you add passenger cars into the mix, the network also includes public and private car parks.

Here, we see areas emerging where people switch from one mode of transport to another. They are defined as Mobility Hubs. These are places where travellers switch between various modes of transport:

  • Mass transit: train, tram, metro, bus
  • Private modes: taxis, shared or owned cars, bicycles
  • Active mobility: cycling or walking



Mobility hubs serve a higher purpose

When the right mix of transport and facilities are brought together, a hub can contribute to reducing the percentage of distance travelled in private cars and increase the distance covered using public transport and active mobility.

When mobility hubs are strategically placed at the city ring, they contribute to inner-city carbon footprint reduction, cleaner air, less noise and better opportunities for moving around in liveable and economic centres. Encouraging motorists to leave their cars at the hub creates space in the city centre for more green areas, better public transport and good conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.

Services can be added to expand hub functionality:

  • Mobility: In addition to car parking, for residents, commuters and visitors, a mobility hub provides access to public transport, bicycle parking and shared mobility.
  • Activity: Hubs are activity zones. They offer space for retail and services, for meeting and working, and also form an ideal location for events and leisure amenities.
  • Delivery: Goods can be delivered by larger, long-distance vehicles. A hub offers a location for cross-docking goods so these can be transported by smaller, preferably electric vehicles into the city.
  • Energy: Power supply is under pressure due to the increase in electricity consumption. It makes sense for a hub to generate its own power and store generated electricity for later consumption, for example for charging electric vehicles and e-bikes.



Urban mobility is complex

Q-Park understands the dilemmas you face. There are many players involved. You seek an equilibrium between the needs of residents, commuters and visitors and the economic function in the urban area.

You want to increase liveability in your metropolitan area by:

  • Creating public space for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Encouraging electric and shared mobility
  • Facilitating transition between modes of transport
  • Regulating access to the inner city
  • Managing urban logistics


While at the same time, you want to:

  • Discourage car use in the denser urban areas
  • Reduce search traffic in the inner city
  • Limit on-street parking
  • Reduce truck, van and delivery traffic
  • Reduce air pollution



Q-Park is your sustainable mobility partner

Q-Park is more than a car park operator, Q-Park moves you and your sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) forward.

As your mobility partner, Q-Park can help get your plans moving in the right direction and keep you on track. We have considerable knowledge and experience to guide you. Together, we will look for ways to make sustainable mobility successful. Measures we can help you introduce include:

  • Transitioning from on-street to off-street parking
  • Transforming search traffic to destination traffic with smart navigation and pre-booking
  • Facilitating EV charging and shared mobility
  • Offering logistics services, at the edge of the city and at the boundaries of low- and zero-emission zones


Four reasons for partnering with Q-Park:

  • Sustainable mobility partner, not just a car park operator
  • Off-street urban services, not just parking spaces
  • Urban area perspective, not just single car park solutions
  • Fully functioning mobility hub portfolio, not just talk


Proven experience in energy-neutral parking

Q-Park has been instrumental in realising sustainable urban mobility hubs in various cities throughout Europe. We collaborate with urban mobility experts and contribute our knowledge and expertise to initiatives that work towards achieving the European Union's Green Deal objectives.

Together with municipal planning experts, we have built and transformed parking facilities into sustainable multifunctional mobility hubs.

By incorporating PV panels and/or wind turbines to generate power and by installing low-energy LED lighting and energy storage, our mobility hubs are sustainable, low- or zero-emission parking facilities while providing green energy for EV charging.


Smart parking capacity

Urban mobility is sustainable when the parking capacity available meets the needs of residents, commuters and visitors. These groups have different mobility needs and differing car parking requirements.



Q-Park has developed a parking capacity model that uses reference projects, car park occupancy data and KPI benchmarks to calculate the ideal parking capacity at a given location.




The Q-Park capacity modelling tool can help sustainable mobility planners calculate the ideal capacity of mobility hubs at various locations in the metropolitan area.


About Q-Park

Q-Park is one of the three leading providers of parking facilities in West Europe, whether wholly-owned, leased, managed or in a hybrid business model.  Q-Park is notable for its quality approach and has a portfolio comprising over 570,000 parking spaces in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Ireland and Denmark.

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