“City 30” regulative in Brussels is definitely paying off

At the beginning of 2021, City of Brussels became “City 30“, meaning the speed limit of 30 km/h became general rule and no longer the exception.

Now, five months after this decision, it is obvious that this was a great move and that road safety has improved.

Brussels mobility agency’s evaluation showed that the average speed for cars on Brussels’ roads fell by as much as 19% on some stretches of road and there was a decrease in the number of road accidents, injuries and deaths compared to last year.

Elke van den Brandt, Regional Minister for Mobility and Road Safety, said: “Brussels residents have got used to the ‘30 km/h city’ and this has borne fruit: the average speed on our roads has dropped. This has translated into a drop in the number of serious accidents. It’s too soon for definitive conclusions and we are aware of the experience of foreign cities before us that the evolution will continue over time, but this shows that the ‘30 km/h city’ is an important step towards a safe and lively city with fewer deaths and injuries on the road.”

Figures obtained by radar confirm this: while the average speed has dropped on higher-speed streets that adopted the new 30 km/h limit, it has also dropped on streets that kept higher speed limits. For example, there was a 7% drop in the average speed on streets that retained their 50 km/h limit, reports Euro Cities.

The number say that in the last quarter of 2020, there were 708 accidents on the city’s roads. This number dropped to 635 in the first quarter of 2021. There were 38 serious injuries and deaths in the same period, while this number fell to 30 in the first quarter in 2021.