Brussels launches new pedestrian plan

Summary

The Brussels-Capital region last week launched a new plan to further pedestrianise the city. At present, 32% of movements within the city are made on foot – a figure the government wants to increase to 40% by 2040.

An artist’s impression of what Brussels' Koningsplein could look like
 
An artist’s impression of what the Koningsplein in central Brussels could look like under the new plan

The Brussels-Capital region last week launched a new plan to further pedestrianise the city. At present, 32% of movements within the city are made on foot – a figure the government wants to increase to 40% by 2040.

That involves the creation of a network of walkways to encourage people to leave the car at home. “One in four people still use the car for journeys of less than one kilometre,” said the region’s mobility minister Bruno De Lille. “With congestion these days and the constant search for parking spaces, they would be just as quick on foot. Above all, it’s cheaper, healthier and more social.

Walking is not only relaxing and healthy; you might happen to meet an old friend or discover a new square with attractive terraces. Walking is as old as the street itself, and it’s the future of the street.”

Brussels launches new pedestrian plan

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