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Brussels residents ‘sick of speed demons’
Three-quarters of Brussels residents are in favour of a lower speed limit, according to a public survey carried out as part of a larger project focused on traffic safety. The project was launched in June by Brussels traffic safety state secretary Bianca Debaets.
The traffic safety project included an online survey as well as focus groups and debates for both citizens and professionals working in the mobility sector. According to the survey of 1,500 residents, some 75% would like to see speed limits lowered in the capital and considered it a priority of any new policy changes.
“I have always been in favour of a general speed of 30 in Brussels, excluding some of the regional roads,” said Debaets. “I am happy to see that residents see a value in that.”
Those who took part in the survey were also clear about wanting more traffic stops by police. “They are sick to death of speed demons,” said Debaets. In 2017, there were more than 212,000 speeding offences in Brussels. We have spent millions over the last few years on speed cameras and laser sensors. The funds are there. We call on Brussels’ mayors and police zones to make more use of them and to increase traffic stops.”
Other points that emerged in the survey were a desire to see more bicycle police on the roads and that some signage and priorities at intersections are unclear for motorists and cyclists alike.
Photo: Dirk Waem/BELGA