International Brussels residents demand less car traffic and 20 km/h in bicycle streets

International Brussels residents demand less car traffic and 20 km/h in bicycle streets
International Brussels residents demand less car traffic and 20 km/h in bicycle streets
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Brussels Voice also advocates switching to a system of taxing the use of motorized vehicles, instead of the current fixed levies.

Cheaper electric parking

The electrification of the vehicle fleet also deserves efforts, according to Brussels Voice. The document advocates, among other things, higher taxes on thermal vehicles, the proceeds of which can go to public transport. There should also be additional charging stations and parking with an electric vehicle should be cheaper than with a car with a combustion engine.

In the recommendations, the speed of cars may also be reduced in places where a bicycle street has been set up. Instead of the current 30 km/h, it may be increased to 20 km/h.

International Brussels residents also attach great importance to safe and frequent public transport. They call, among other things, for “specialized and well-equipped units (including smart cameras) to prevent illegal and inappropriate behavior on public transport.”

Ambitious greening

The greening of the street network is also close to Brussels Voice’s heart. In this context, the document calls for a regional greening plan that not only contains intentions, but also an ambitious cartography and a concrete budget.

A few months from the elections, the recommendations of Brussels Voice will no longer have a concrete impact on the policy of this government. “But we think it is important that this group is heard,” says Pieterjan Desmet, spokesperson for Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Green). “The recommendations are also close to the policy of this team, so they are also a boost.”

The full list of recommendations can be found here.

The article is in Dutch

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