Walk Brussels stands up for pedestrians in Belgian capital
This weekend, all Brussels pedestrians will be invited to ‘Join the Walk’ and participate in the new pedestrian dynamics in the capital. The future pedestrian platform Walk Brussels will interrogate all participants about their city’s pedestrian policy spearheads. The initiative was launched on Monday in the presence of Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen).
The initiators of the platform want to find out if and where pedestrians get enough space or where situations are unsafe for them. All people passing by are invited to share their feelings or experiences as pedestrians in Brussels.
“This is the starting moment to create the pedestrian movement Walk Brussels that will be launched next spring. All actors and feedback will be gathered to work out a better pedestrian policy,” explains Emilie Herssens, coordinator of Walk Brussels.
The Walk Brussels platform wants to unite Brussels’ organizations, communities, residents’ associations aiming for a livable city for pedestrians. According to the initiators, pedestrians are often overlooked. Still, walking is physically and mentally healthy. Moreover, it is cheap, doesn’t produce any noise, and doesn’t pollute. Walk Brussels, therefore, wants to approach pedestrians from different perspectives: mobility, urban planning, biodiversity, leisure time, health, and ecology.
The initiators also wrote a manifesto with seven action points to reinforce their commitment. For example, they want to promote walking, make walking safe, and guarantee the right to walk. The document was handed over to Minister Van den Brandt on Monday.