Flanders to allow cyclists to turn right at red lights
According to the Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (Vlaams Agenstschap Wegen en Verkeer), some crossings along the Flemish regional roads will be equipped with traffic lights, allowing cyclists to turn to the right even when the lights are red.
The cities of Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp already introduced a similar arrangement. There a particular traffic sign indicates that cyclists can turn to the right when the lights are red. But the Flemish Agency prefers an extra traffic light to make the situation for cyclists clear.
‘Lack of clarity’
In spite of the encouragement of the cycling federation (Fietsersbond), among others, Flemish authorities were reluctant to allow cyclists to pass the red lights. Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), was afraid the measure would cause ‘a lack of clarity’ for other road users.