In the Belgian capital, they relied on a pedestrian center and a decrease in the speed of traffic in the city. The number of cycling trips in Brussels is increasing by 20% annually.
For several years, the Brussels authorities have been pursuing a deliberate policy of changing urban mobility and moving away from cars in favor of alternative modes of transportation. The Ukrainian urban publication Khmarochos writes about this in its article about how the Belgian capital managed to solve the problem of the city's congestion with cars.
According to journalists, Brussels used to be considered one of the capitals in the European Union most overloaded with cars. As of 2016, 225,000 Belgians traveled to the capital every day to work. As a result, drivers spent an average of three days and 11 hours a year in traffic jams. However, the city authorities have focused on changing the culture of urban mobility and have begun to turn the city center into a pedestrian zone. Despite the fact that at first this caused a negative reaction from the townspeople, this decision quickly yielded results.
Annually the number of bicycle trips in Brussels increases by an average of 20%. And in 2020, for example, the number of movements using two-wheeled vehicles in general increased by a record 64%.
Sociological studies show that about 15% of Brussels residents are accustomed to commuting to work by bicycle or public transport. And the introduction of the speed of traffic in the city up to 30 kilometers per hour has reduced the number of accidents and reduced the noise level.
Pedestrian streets and speed reduction
In 2020, the Brussels City Hall approved the Good Move 2030 plan, designed to improve the culture of urban mobility and offer locals new ways to travel.
So, part of the ring road in the Port de Namur area, where stores of famous brands, they plan to make it completely pedestrian. This will “revive” the location and draw the attention of tourists to it, according to the city authorities. Sidewalks and bike paths will also be expanded on the boulevard, while such changes should not interfere with the through traffic of cars.
From August 16 this 2019, some city streets will also ban the movement of cars, except for public transport and emergency vehicles. In total, the restrictions will apply to 25 streets.