Hasselt to become one residential area with 20 kph speed limit
Next summer, the inner city of Hasselt will transform into one residential area with restrictions to slow down traffic. Through traffic will be banned, and cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed to use the entire width of the public roads.
In the summer of 2020, the city’s authorities already launched a pilot project to reduce traffic in some parts of the city. Hasselt also organized a large-scale online survey among 1 500 inhabitants.
According to the Hasselt Alderman for Mobility, Marc Schepers (RoodGroen+), “the reactions were multifaceted”. However, most inhabitants support the idea of upgrading the quality of life in Hasselt.
Local authorities also entered into conversation with inhabitants, youth clubs, health care workers, teachers, merchants, and entrepreneurs, the Hasselt mayor Steven Vandeput (N-VA) explains. They wanted to get to know people’s wishes and demands. All reactions were gathered and formed a foundation for the future layout of the city.
In the meantime, the cities’ authorities have distributed a brochure informing citizens about the “Accessible Inner City”. The brochure explains how the area within Green Boulevard will be divided into four zones with a maximum speed limit of 20 km/hour for all road users.
The zones will only be accessible via the inner beltway. “Entering or leaving a zone is only possible via the same zone,” the Alderman explains. “The whole inner city will become one residential area.”
The low-traffic zones will be equipped with seven pop-up ANPR cameras. After registering their car through their license plate, they will make sure the city remains accessible for specific target groups (suppliers, health service providers).
Parking places will be limited. Some 150 locations will become Shop-and-Run spots, where drivers can park for half an hour for free. Another 150 places will be reserved for the disabled, and 150 places will be intended for paying visitors.
The first reorganization works will start this autumn; next summer, the submerging ANPR cameras will be installed.