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72% of Belgians live less than 5 kilometres away from a motorway entrance
Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today an update of the geographical breakdowns based on the population figures on 1/1/2021.
72% of the Belgian population lives within 5 kilometres of a motorway entrance. In Wallonia and Flanders, this concerns 69% and 68% of the population, respectively. In the Brussels-Capital Region, all the inhabitants live within 5 kilometres of a motorway entrance.
In the province of Liège, 82% of the inhabitants have to drive less than 5 kilometres to find a motorway entrance, compared to 42%, 43% and 52% respectively in the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur and Limburg. 91% of Belgians live within 10 kilometres of a motorway entrance, and 99% within 20 kilometres.
There are only two Belgian municipalities where the entire population lives further than 20 kilometres from the nearest motorway entrance: Hamont-Achel and Vresse-sur-Semois.
Moreover, there are only 37 municipalities where the entire population has to drive more than 10 kilometres to the nearest motorway entrance.
96% of all Belgian municipalities have a motorway entrance within 20 kilometres that is accessible to more than 99% of their inhabitants.
69% of all municipalities have a motorway entrance within 10 kilometres that is accessible to more than 99% of their inhabitants.
25% of all municipalities have a motorway entrance within 5 kilometres that is accessible to more than 99% of their inhabitants.
19% of Belgians live less than one kilometre away from a motorway
Not only the entrances of motorways but also the distance to the motorway itself was used as a reference.
This shows that 19% of the population in Belgium lives within 1000 metres from a motorway. In Wallonia (21%), this figure is even slightly higher than in Flanders (18%) and the Brussels Capital Region (17%).
31% of the population in the province of Liège lives within 1 kilometre of a motorway. Antwerp follows with 25% and the province of Namur comes last (6%).
In two municipalities, more than 95% of the population lives less than 1 kilometre away from a motorway: Machelen and Auderghem.
In 11 Belgian municipalities, between 10% and 30% of the population lives less than 200 metres of a motorway.
Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes in its DataLab statistics based on new geographical breakdowns. This makes it possible to identify the population living at a certain distance from a point. This can be a hospital, a train station, the border, a motorway or a motorway entrance, a school or a senior care facility.
Situation on 1/1/2021.
For motorway entrances, the file Open Street Map 2019 (motorway and motorway_link) has been used and contains 765 motorway entrances in Belgium.
Buffers of 5 km, 10 km and 20 km were created for motorway entrances, and buffers of 200 m, 500 m and 1000 m for motorways.
This concerns 126 hospitals with an emergency department in Belgium, based on the institutions with initial emergency care (21-12-2020)) and specialised emergency care services (01-07-2021) of the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment - DG Health Care - Department Data Management (https://www.health.belgium.be/fr/sante/organisation-des-soins-de-sante/…).
For motorway entrances, the file Open Street Map 2021(motorway et motorway_link) has been used and contains 765motorway entrances in Belgium.
The 553train stations in Belgium are active stations, i.e. stations with travellers counts (figures travellers on board (counts October 2020) - SNCB).
This concerns 6405 school locations in Belgium, based on recognised educational establishments [ordinary basic education (pre-primary and primary education) and ordinary secondary education] in Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia and the German-speaking Community.
Senior care facilities
This concerns 1539 senior care facilities in Belgium, based on rest homes and nursing homes of the Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid Vlaanderen, Wallonia AVIQ: familles santé handicap, Brussels Iriscare and Ostbelgien Live: Wohn- und Pflegezentren für Senioren.
- Flanders: https://www.zorg-en-gezondheid.be/per-domein/ouderenzorg/woonzorgcentra…
- Wallonia: http://sante.wallonie.be/?q=aines
- Brussels: http://www.iriscare.brussels/nl/professionals/ouderen/rusthuizen/
- German-speaking Community: http://www.ostbelgienlive.be/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-3135/475_read-30…
Stations and stops of public transport:
It concerns 69,616 stations and stops of public transport (bus, tram, metro) in Belgium based on the active stations, i.e. stations with travellers counts (figures travellers on board (counts October 2020) - SNCB), and the stops in Flanders (stops from the Flemish transport company De Lijn, situation on 20/06/2020), Brussels (location of stops (stations) of the STIB) and Wallonia (Walloonia TEC GTFS data set).
Buffers of 200 m, 500 m and 1000 m were created around the points of public transport stations and stops.