Bonheiden to experiment with 30 kph zone
Bonheiden is planning an experiment with a 30 kph zone within the entire built-up area of its territory. The experiment starts on Friday, March, 5th and will last three weeks, until March 26th.
Traffic lights will no longer turn red but will be set to flashing mode. This means traffic flow will continue smoothly (and slowly) and cyclists and pedestrians no longer have to wait to get the green light.
Large road signs along the approaching roads will inform passing drivers about the new traffic situation. Mobile sign trailers with the same message will be posted on the most important axes in the city, like Mechelsesteenweg, Dorp en Rijmenamseweg. Competent supervisors will be present at school crossings.
New mobility plan
The goal of the experiment is to verify whether traffic flow and safety can improve without any fundamental changes to the road infrastructure. According to local authorities, the experiment fits in the new mobility plan that is being made to improve the traffic situation in the city center. However, it’s only one of the possible options, and the easiest one to check without any structural changes.
“The system provides us with floating car data. We will be able to check the number of cars and their speed, so we’ll immediately see the experiment’s impact,” says the Alderman of Mobility in Bonheiden, Bart Vanmarcke (Open Vld).
“We assume that a 30 kph zone improves traffic safety and quality of life,” continues Vanmarcke. “Today, we have four consecutive traffic lights on a 200-meter stretch, and it’s difficult to coordinate them, which has a harmonica effect on motorized traffic.”
The local government will use the results of this project to decide which will become the preferential scenario for the city’s future mobility plan