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New mobility campaign encourages people to walk more

Illustration picture shows Pietonnier - voetgangerszone - pedestrian zone pictured in Brussels, Friday 13 March 2020 (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
06:37 05/05/2021

The Brussels region has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to motivate Brussels residents to travel short distances on foot. The 'Discover your feet' campaign has been chosen as the main theme of mobility week.

The campaign is intended to make people aware that short distances can also often be travelled on foot. It stresses that "feet are free and rechargeable everywhere. Everywhere in Brussels, pedestrians will be able to find reloading places, namely benches."

A Brussels Mobility spokesperson stressed that the campaign was part of a broader plan. "In addition to this awareness, it is essential that pedestrian infrastructure and accessibility of public space improve,” the spokesperson said.

“Brussels Mobility has therefore started a multiannual plan for the maintenance of the sidewalks, with a budget of 6 million euros in 2021." Brussels also supports the new non-profit organisation, which aims to address issues important to pedestrians.

Research shows that, partly due to the corona crisis, more Brussels residents have an interest in better infrastructure. 71% of them indicate that the corona crisis provides a reason to build wider sidewalks, even if this is at the expense of the roads.

Written by Nick Amies