The new border stone that should separate lane and cycle path in Wetstraat appears to be less safe than expected. On Thursday evening, a motorist ended up over the edge of the cycle path. “Additional signaling and reflectors will be installed as quickly as possible,” says the office of Mobility Minister Van den Brandt (Green).
At the end of October, the temporary concrete blocks in Wetstraat were replaced by a permanent coping stone of twenty centimeters high. Some cyclists feared that it would not be as safe and that cars would easily drive over it.
That is exactly what happened on Thursday evening, although there were no casualties. The visibility of the separation is clearly not yet perfect.
“This is obviously a problem,” emphasizes Pieter-Jan De Smet, spokesperson for Minister Elke Van den Brandt (Green). “We are doing everything we can to install additional signage and reflectors as quickly as possible to increase visibility.”
The cycle path also still needs to be painted in ochre, “which is not easy with the persistent rain.” And on top of the coping stone there will be posts with reflectors.
“We continue to carefully evaluate the new infrastructure, safety must come first,” De Smet adds.