Cycling is the most sustainable, cheapest and healthiest means of transport. Many of our trips are perfectly bikeable. At MINT, we are convinced that a strong cycling policy should encourage short and medium trips by bicycle by creating a safe and comfortable traffic environment for cyclists, both on cycle paths and in mixed traffic. Bicycle parking, policy and organisation, communication and monitoring are also very important in this regard. We are therefore happy to collaborate in drawing up cycling policy plans and selection processes for the construction of new cycling infrastructure. MINT has already built up a lot of experience in, for instance, route choices for bicycle highways or the spatial integration of cycling routes. MINT has on multiple occasions assisted the Flemish Government in the selection processes for the Cycling City and Cycling Municipality of the Year Awards.
Big data projects
Big data is data derived from a multitude of big data sources such as sociodemographic and socio-economic data, traffic counts, floating car data, information from the On Board Units (OBU) of trucks,... MINT uses big data as input for other study work, such as for example the development of traffic models, or for analysing problems such as traffic congestion.
Circulation plans help make cities and municipalities safer, more liveable, healthier and more accessible by organising traffic flows more intelligently. MINT supports local authorities throughout the process: from formulating objectives tailored to the city or municipality to working out concrete measures in the field and supervising a well-considered participation process. After all, the success of a circulation plan depend on the adequate and timely involvement of citizens and stakeholders.
A freight model is a traffic model that maps freight flows for all possible different modes of transport; via road, rail, inland waterways or even intermodal transport. For freight traffic modelling, we work with customised models that pay specific attention to vehicle modelling and all kinds of logistics aspects such as intermodal terminals and distribution centres.
In infrastructure design, different disciplines join forces to obtain a fully integrated design. MINT collaborates on various infrastructure studies at different scales and for all modes of transport. Desired road designs for a particular road route and cycling highways, redevelopment studies for a village centre, intersection evaluations, traffic signal plans and driving curve simulations belong to the wide range of our infrastructure studies.
A microsimulation is a traffic model that simulates the behaviour of each individual road user (motorised traffic, cyclists and pedestrians) and their interaction with each other. With a microsimulation, we create a highly realistic and detailed picture of an existing or future traffic situation. This allows us to test the impact of certain measures or developments on the real traffic situation. Does a roundabout work better than a traffic light-controlled intersection? Is the flow of public transport guaranteed? Do cyclists have enough time to cross? All questions to which MINT can provide answers with a microsimulation.
Mitigation measures is a strategy to prevent, mitigate and remedy nuisances during infrastructure works. MINT has a great deal of experience with mitigation measures processes, both on the contractor's and the government’s side. The drawing up of a well-considered plan during the different phases of the infrastructural works is central to this. In this way, we try to limit the impact on people's daily lives while guaranteeing consistent progress of the works.
A MOBER or mobility impact report determines the mobility profile of a planned development in an existing spatial environment and examines the impact of mobility effects on the future development potential of that area. Based on this, measures and recommendations are formulated to manage the effects. The Decree of the Flemish Government of 3 July 2009 requires the drawing up of a MOBER for projects above the established lower limit. MINT has extensive experience in preparing MOBERs. The mobility discipline in an environmental impact report also holds no secrets for us.
A local mobility plan forms the framework within which a city or municipality, together with various other actors, can pursue a sustainable mobility policy. MINT assists cities and municipalities in drawing up a new mobility plan, but also in developing more specific visions and action plans on, for example, cycling, parking, freight transport or school environments. Our experience in drawing up the regional mobility plans for various transport regions in Flanders also comes in handy here.
A mobility test is a 'light version' of a MOBER and is drawn up for projects that are below the established lower limits of a MOBER but may still have an impact on mobility. A mobility assessment mainly looks qualitatively at the environment and potential bottlenecks due to a new development. MINT is also the right place for mobility tests.
Municipal traffic model
MINT develops municipal traffic models to provide insight into traffic flows in a given municipality. For instance, we can map out through and local traffic or detect specific bottlenecks. With a municipal traffic model, variants of possible measures or changes can also be tested for effectiveness. They can be used as a supporting instrument in municipal mobility plans or impact studies, among other things, and can help gain support from various actors involved.
Few topics in mobility provoke as much discussion as parking, due to different and often conflicting interests. Parking field research is the first step in developing a sustainable parking policy: after all, objective results create the required support for the implementation of required measures. MINT assists cities and municipalities both in conducting a parking study and in shaping a parking policy and the accompanying parking ordinances. We also give advice on the operation and financial feasibility of parking facilities or the physical design of parking garages.
Public transport often operates in congested traffic environments and on roads also used by other modes of transport. Increased traffic by all modes has reduced punctuality in service delivery, while meanwhile travellers' quality requirements have increased. MINT is active in conducting various studies on public transport, always based on the ambition to improve the competitive position of public transport vis-à-vis motorised traffic. Among other things, we carry out public transport efficiency analyses and potential passengers analyses to improve the quality of public transport, provide advice on customised transport and contribute to the development of public transport nodes.
Regional provincial traffic models: development
MINT is the market leader in the field of development of traffic models, ranging from national and regional to local traffic models. In these models we translate people's behavior into various choice processes and mathematical algorithms so that we can use them as an explanatory forecasting tool. An "agent-based" model is thus implemented to simulate the travel behavior of each individual resident. MINT is constantly looking for methods and ways to further refine traffic models and make them more accurate and to implement new trends in the mobility world into the traffic model.
Regional provincial traffic models: support
A regional traffic model is a macroscopic traffic model that provides a clear insight into the functioning of traffic as a whole on a regional scale. These models can be used as analysis or forecasting tools. They provide answers to questions such as, what is the average speed on a particular highway? Or what is the effect of major infrastructure projects? A whole spectrum of measures can also be evaluated with these models.
Achieving a modal shift and increasing road safety go hand in hand. Road safety, especially for active road users, is therefore a top priority for Flanders, local governments and companies. MINT supports local authorities, provinces, transport regions and the central government of Flanders in their road safety policies. Companies can also come to us for a companywide transport plan with road safety as its spearhead. Moreover, we carry out road safety audits in which we test the design characteristics of infrastructure projects in terms of road safety at various moments in the design phase.