Brussels: traffic signs will be listed online
To improve the readability of traffic signs in the Belgian capital, the Brussels government has just launched the online application, eSign, which lists all traffic signs in the capital. Brussels Mobility and several Brussels municipalities, as well as the secretariat of the Consultative Commission for Road Traffic, are now testing the application but the rollout is scheduled for this spring.
Brussels Mobility manages this central database, but both the municipalities and the Region must make sure that the data are updated. The data collected through this tool are available in open data. In this way they can be made available to other partners.
The traffic sign library includes an overview of all roads with special status, such as bicycle streets, school streets, 30 km/h zones, etc. It will also make it possible to communicate the location of all parking spaces reserved for disabled people on the website of the parking agency.
In addition, this application can support the mobility policy in municipalities. For example, only signs regulating speed in a municipality could be visualized to be able to do an analysis. Restricted areas can also be included via municipal websites or the website of the parking agency, because in the field they are made known to road users through appropriate signs.
The data can also be made available to mobility service providers to develop a route calculation system such as Waze, Google maps and Tomtom.
In this way, this app will help the daily management of the municipalities’ road network, and this database will contribute to the rationalization of the traffic sign fleet within the Region.
In use before 2020
The project is led by Bianca Debates (CD&V), Brussels Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Road Safety, and Pascal Smet (sp.a), Brussels Minister for Mobility. Deployment is planned for this spring, so that all municipalities can have this software at the latest by the end of the year.
It is not expected that the public will use this application to report defective or deficient signage. Fixmystreet.brussels is better suited for this.