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Brussels residents ‘sick of speed demons’

17:12 20/11/2018

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

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

Anon3

Imo, 50 km/h is a reasonable speed limit. 30 km/h causes traffic back-ups, at least in areas I've seen it imposed. It's fine around schools, hospitals etc. but not suitable for general traffic. 30 km/h is an unreasonably slow speed for major boulevards and thoroughfares.
I also don't agree with Brussels politicians being allowed to indulge in imposing their own personal preferences on the flow of traffic. Slow moving cars that never get out of 2nd or 3rd gear create more pollution, not less and when drivers' nerves become frayed because it takes them 20 minutes to travel 1 km, they tend to become even more aggressive and safety decreases, not increases.

Nov 21, 2018 15:58
danbru

Motorists should, no, must behave more responsibly in traffic.
The same goes for cyclists and pedestrians!
Instead of punishing the "baddies", the authorities punish ALL motorists with speed ramps, concrete blocks in the middle of the roads etc.
I end my comment here; otherwise I'll probably get very angry and rude...

Nov 21, 2018 18:42