Brussels Mobility to roll out pavement improvement plan
Mobility organization Brussels Mobility is planning to improve, renovate, and make sidewalks in the city more accessible to people with limited mobility. The so-called ‘pavement plan’ has two objectives. The first is to improve the accessibility, and the second is to prefer the renovation of sidewalks above local restoration. The plan will take three years.
In the second half of 2020, Brussel Mobiliteit already analyzed the highest concentrated pedestrian network. This resulted in a list of sidewalks requiring a make-over in the short, mid, or long term.
Regional mobility plan
The project contains new and safe crosswalks, speed ramps, bulged footpaths, traffic-free zones, and specific provisions around schools. On top of that, podotactile tiles, parking places for disabled people, flattened sidewalk borders (for wheelchairs) will be provided where necessary.
Most trips in Brussels (38%) happen on foot, so walking is the most important means of transport in the Belgian capital. Walking is cheap, good for human health and the environment.
Pedestrians, therefore, play a central role in Brussels’ Good Move’s regional mobility plan. “Today, we’re enclosing these principles in our infrastructure and renovation policy,” says Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen).
During the renovation works, comfort is a priority, hence the choice for concrete paving stones of 20 cm by 20 cm. The grade and crossing places will be optimized, and public transport stops will be adapted to improve accessibility for all travelers.
Brussel Mobiliteit is working out accessibility plans for public roads and public space, supported by the 19 municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region.