The four traffic lanes in Brussels Belliard Street – which used to have five lanes – will remain permanently. This is what several French-speaking media outlets are reporting, based on a report by the Bruzz news site.
However, the two ‘temporary’ cycle paths, which are enclosed by concrete blocks, will become permanent. Permission to do so has been applied for, just as for the redesign of the pavements.
Three-lane project postponed
In June 2019, the busy transit street, which runs parallel with the Wetstraat/Rue de la Loi and on which the European Parliament is located, was reduced by one lane to create two cycle paths separated by so-called ‘New Jersey’ blocks.
This February, work should have started to make this project permanent and even remove a second lane. But with the launch of the new Good Move traffic plan, and due to bad timing and other projects planned simultaneously, this test project was first postponed and is now apparently de facto postponed.
Wider pavements, fewer parking spaces
The project is to make the four-lane system permanent, which is currently under public inquiry, remove the blocks, and install permanent ochre-colored and elevated bicycle lanes that will be separated from motorized traffic.
In addition, the pavements will be wider and 27 parking spaces between the Etterbeekse Steenweg/Chaussée d’Etterbeek and the Oudergemlaan/Avenue d’Auderghem, in the uphill direction, will be removed. Seventeen other spaces too close to the pedestrian crossings will also be removed from the perpendicular lanes of Belliard Street.
Once Brussels Mobility has approved the permit, the works will kick off, probably in spring 2023. The work should last twelve months.
The cabinet of Brussels Minister of Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), says in La Dernière Heure that the project of a possible test of three lanes in Belliard Street is not definitively buried. “Three lanes is still the objective, but in the longer term,” assures the cabinet. “Brussels is changing, but it is important to sequence the changes well and not to undertake them all at once.”