Cops on bicycles score in the city of Brussels
The police zone Brussels North (Schaerbeek/Sint-Joost-ten-Node/Evere) now also has an operational cycling brigade, which uses electric bicycles that are finished in the police colors. During 2019 the cycling brigade was still in a test phase, but from now on, 10 bicycle inspectors will patrol the terrain on electric bicycles.
“The arrival of the cycling brigade is an absolute added value for our police zone”, says Chief Constable Frédéric Dauphin. “Road safety is a priority for us, and the operation of the cycling brigade will help to promote road safety for all road users”, he adds.
Focus on road safety
“The bicycle brigade has to watch over traffic safety in the broad sense”, it sounds at the police zone. The bicycle inspectors will intervene in case of traffic violations and offenses, mainly error parking, but they will also supervise the traffic at the school gates so that children can safely go to school. In the course of 2020, the cycling brigade will also set up its own actions to improve road safety.
Closer to the citizen
The police notice that the bicycle police can react more quickly to traffic offenses and move around more easily. Contact with citizens also improves. People talk more easily to a bicycle patrol to report unsafe traffic situations. The cycling team now remains a permanent part of the local police zone.
In the test phase over the past year, the cycling brigade has already drawn up 6.484 police reports. Slightly more than half (54%) were related to all kinds of traffic offenses, including speeding, use of a mobile phone behind the wheel, not wearing a seat belt, neglecting the red light, alcohol, and breathing tests.
Approximately half (46%) were related to inappropriate parking. The bicycle brigade was also deployed in the past few months to check compliance with the corona measures.