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Road safety collective Heroes for Zero organises vigil for road traffic victims
After two deaths and six people injured on Brussels streets in the past two weeks, citizens’ collective Heroes for Zero organised a vigil on Wednesday evening.
As well as the gathering on the intersection of Quai de Willebroeck and Place des Armateurs, the nonprofit called for increased traffic safety measures, reports Bruzz. Its list of requests include a redistribution of public space, conflict-free intersections, a stronger approach to dangerous driving and less motor traffic. It also wants trucks to be equipped with adapted cabs that have fewer blind spots.
In the first quarter of 2022, the number of road accident victims increased by 32% percent compared to the same period last year: from 726 to 958.
However, with the regional road safety action plan 2021-2030, the government aims to drastically reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Brussels streets by 2030, in the so-called vision zero.
"These accidents are not a series of news briefs," says Pieter Fannes of Heroes for Zero. "The list reads like a catalogue of everything that goes wrong in Brussels in terms of traffic."
He points out that the building of cycle paths during the pandemic and the introduction of the 30km/h speed zones were moves in the right direction.
"All governments in Brussels must step up their game if they want to take the goal seriously. They must show that they also dare to take measures that are more socially resistant if they’re serious about saving lives."