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Have your say on Brussels’ new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure

17:42 21/10/2020

The Brussels region is looking for feedback from citizens on the cycling infrastructure developed since the corona crisis began. A online survey has been launched to gauge reactions from all road users – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

The region created more cycle and pedestrian options during and after the lockdown for two reasons: to ease the pressure on public transport and to ensure that not everyone with a car turned to it to commute, further clogging Brussels arterials. The infrastructure was also created with social distancing in mind.

Additional cycle paths were created, including turning a car lane in Rue de la Loi into a cycle path. Additional space was devoted to pedestrians by blocking some streets to traffic.

“Since the start of the school year, we’ve noticed that these new networks are extremely busy, with the number of cyclists increasing by 87% on last year,” said Brussels mobility minister Elke Van den Brandt (Groen). “Now we want to systematically evaluate the quality of these new paths and decide if anything needs to be adjusted.”

The survey can be found on the Brussels Mobility website and is available in English, French and Dutch. Residents who are mobile in the areas affected by the new infrastructure and who are at least 13 years old are asked to fill out the survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Photo ©Tim Gatzios/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

Mounir

If the new cycle path in bois de la care starting at the top of Av. Louise till the exit at Winston Churchill is a model of what they are doing, it is a death trap for cyclist as it crosses the path for cars several times. Not very intelligent.
The whole issue of closing Bois de la Cambre to traffic is causing tailbacks and congestion on a main artery with 4 main bus lines with no room for Bus lanes except for 400 meters..

Oct 22, 2020 10:57
Anon3

The amateurish Brussels politicians need to stop indulging all their personal/political whims and fancies and hire professional traffic engineers to sort the Brussels mess out. Snail-pace/standstill motorised vehicle traffic pollutes more, not less and making Brussels inaccessible or unaffordable by car won't do the 'capital of Europe' much good either. As for cycle lanes, they need to call in or at least consult experts from Dutch cities.

Oct 22, 2020 14:38
danbruylandt

The motorist is systematically robbed of "space" to drive, in spite of the heavy tax (s)he pays.
And don't forget that Sophie Wilmès ─ then prime minister ─ advised people to use their own means of transport and leave public transport to those who needed it. Result: more cars, more traffic jams, more aggressive drivers, more accidents etc.

Oct 23, 2020 02:32