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Motorists file legal complaint against temporary cycle paths
Mauto Défense, a Brussels non-profit organisation that defends the rights of motorists, is taking the region to court over the temporary cycle paths installed last spring during the corona crisis exit strategy. The organisation claims that the car lanes were converted to cycle lanes illegally.
Last May, Brussels announced that a number of lanes meant for vehicles on roads with two or more lanes going in one direction would be temporarily made into bicycle lanes. This was meant to make it easier for people to cycle around the capital during a period that has seen a surge in cycling.
The corona crisis is not yet over, so the cycle paths are still in place. Lucien Beckers of Uccle, who is behind Mauto Défense and its Facebook group L’automobiliste en a marre, says that there was no permit to create the lanes and that they belong to motorised vehicles.
“Mobility in Brussels has been focused on cyclists since the corona crisis started,” Beckers told Bruzz, “and it’s been at the expense of motorists. These cycle lanes were created without any discussion and without permits.”
Beckers’ organisation is claiming unfair competition and will submit their complaint next week in civil court. “The goal is to force the Brussels region to remove these so-called temporary cycle paths,” said Beckers. His Facebook group is followed by 20,000 people.
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