‘Clean air’ central theme of Brussels Mobility Week
The central theme of the Brussels Mobility Week this year will be ‘clean air’. The goal is to reduce the negative impact of our mobility on the quality of the air. From Monday 16 till Sunday 22 September, there will be sensitizing campaigns and several activities with the car-free Sunday, September 22nd, as a climax.
‘Beat Air Pollution’
One project will be the exhibition ‘Brussels is changing’, with pictures showing how the city has evolved over the years. The campaign ‘Beat Air Pollution’ is meant to encourage people to use alternative means of transport. All Brussels citizens will be invited to wear a mask with the slogan #beatairpollution to show their commitment to improving the air quality in Brussels.
The most remarkable initiative will be the installation of two temporary measuring stations to check the quality of the air in the middle of the city center. Concentrations of CO and CO2 will be measured in two completely different areas: the first in the pedestrian zone of the Brouckère Square, and the second at the busy crossing Kunst-Wet in the Wetstraat, the street where all the main government buildings are situated. The results of both measuring stations will be compared and shown in real-time on large screens.
The primary purpose of measuring is to show what the impact is of organizing a town differently. “It also shows that we have to take more measures to make Brussels a pleasant and liveable city with more space for pedestrians and cyclists,” explains Brussels Minister of Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen).
“We urgently need to act,” says the minister. “The concentrations of fine particles are exceeding the standards of the World Health Organization, causing premature deaths and increases the cases of asthma in children.” In 2018, air pollution caused 632 premature deaths related to air pollution.
More information: www.mobilmix.brussels.