Brussels Bois de la Cambre to reopen partly
On Tuesday, the Brussels Region, the city of Brussels and the Brussels municipality, Uccle, have agreed on a new circulation plan for the Bois de la Cambre. The urban public park on the edge of the Sonian Forest in Brussels had been closed since the corona crisis. On Thursday, it will partly reopen for car traffic.
In a first phase, the park will remain car-free on Sunday, but from Monday till Friday the northern part of the park will reopen the connection with two important traffic axes. The southern part of the park will remain closed and reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. Some of the streets will be used as parking lots to relieve the pressure in the adjoining streets of Uccle. This way, trade in the park will still be accessible.
Traffic lights will be adjusted to guarantee a fluent traffic flow. Also, bus 41 will ride through the forest again in both directions but at a slower speed. “We try to find a healthy balance between the accessibility of the city and the necessary need for green and recreational space for our citizens,” says Brussels Mayor Philippe Close. “It shows our political will to come to a solution.”
The closure of the Bois de la Cambre had provoked criticism, and opponents had submitted a petition for the reopening of the forest. After careful consideration, the decision was taken to partly reopen the park again. “We have to bear in mind that some people need their cars to go to work,” Boris Dilliès, the Mayor of Uccle, says.
On Thursday, the first phase of the new circulation plans will be introduced. After that, the three parties involved will – each from their side – work out the next phase taking into account the Good Move plan. They also have to make sure that the forest will remain accessible for all its users.