Brussels small inner ring road: safe cycle lanes and secure pedestrian foot paths

Brussels small ring: safe cycle lanes and secure pedestrian foot paths.

The project envisages the redevelopment of 12 kilometres of cycling paths as well as the enlargement of pedestrian sidewalks. The purpose is to let more cyclists and pedestrians travel safely, quickly and in both directions. In terms of accessibility, the access will remain guaranteed for deliveries to shops and underground car parks. Traffic on the main roads will be maintained and improved with an efficient synchronisation of traffic lights. The space available for pedestrians, cyclists and people with reduced mobility will increase from today’s 20% to 40% in the coming years.

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“Ping if you care”: the Brussels project to identify major safety bottlenecks for cyclists in the region.

The Brussels Capital Region, in cooperation with Mobiel21 and BikeCitizens has just launched the 'Ping if you care' project, to identify major safety bottlenecks for cyclists in the region.

Aim is to map major cycling safety hot spots in the region and thus inform and optimise cycling policy. Cyclists are invited to flag such bottlenecks when they encounter them, by simply pushing a bluetooth button which can be mounted to their bike, jacket or trousers. The location is saved and sent immediately through a smartphone app. In the app, cyclists can also specify afterwards why they have indicated the location as unsafe.

The number of cyclists in Brussels has increased substantially over the last years, but data on cycling accidents and where they occur are hardly available. This project aims to fill that information gap. The Brussels Region aims to make use of the data collected in heatmaps, for the further development of its cycling policy. The testing phase kicks off in May. The aim is to recruit 1000 cyclists to participate in the project, to which Brussels Secretary of State for road safety Bianca Debaets (CD&V) has allocated 123.500 euro.