Brussels wants zero road casualties by 2030
On Thursday, municipalities, police zones, mobility operators, and citizens’ associations gathered for the Brussels Mobility’s Road Safety summit. The authority wishes to put road safety as a number one priority and reduce the death toll to zero by 2030. The Region will find a solution for accident-prone areas by tackling speed, pedestrian crossings, two-wheelers, the use of safety belts, and so on.
According to Brussels Mobility, the previous road safety plan, spanning from 2011 to 2020, brought specific road infrastructures, red-light speed cameras, and specific communication for children. Brussels, however, still counted 4.532 road casualties in 2018, including 21 deaths, and 177 seriously injured.
Thursday’s Road Safety summit gathered municipalities, courts, mobility operators, citizens’ associations, and police zones around the table to discuss the future Regional 2021-2030 plan. The Region announced its ambition to reach zero road casualties in 2030.
“In two years, thanks to the people of Brussels and citizen action groups, minds have changed more than in the previous twenty years. I’m happy that our Government Agreement explicitly establishes the Vision Zero,” declared Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen).
Road safety as first priority
Brussels Mobility wishes to make road safety a number one priority. According to Mrs. Van den Brandt, the Region will tackle accident-prone zones during this legislature. It will work on different axes, such as speed, pedestrian crossings, two-wheelers, the use of seatbelts especially for children, drunk driving, and many more.