Brussels soon to be City 30
On January 1, 2021, Brussels will become an agglomeration where 30 km/h will be the general rule and no longer the exception. Today, around 60% of the entire local road network is already in zone 30. In 2021, this percentage will rise to 85%.
Why 30 km/h (almost) everywhere?
Each year, in the Brussels-Capital Region, 50 people are killed or seriously injured because of excessive speed and unsuitable speeds. The primary objective of Ville 30 is therefore to increase the safety of all users: that of pedestrians and cyclists, of course, but also that of the driver and passengers of the car. In the event of an impact at 30 km/h, the belt plays its protective role perfectly.
This measure also makes it possible to calm traffic, especially in neighborhoods, and to offer more favorable conditions for the modal transfer, the development of cycling and walking for short distances.
30 km/h also reduces noise pollution: at 30 km / h, it is as if the traffic had decreased by 50% at the hearing level.
With this measure, Brussels is also in tune with the times: other cities such as Lille (88% in zone 30), Paris or Bordeaux (target 85% in zone 30) are today in the same Steps.
What does this mean in practice?
Concretely, limitation permits to drive at 30km/h on all the roads of the Brussels-Capital Region, except the structuring axes, on which the speed will be maintained at 50 or 70 km/h. The speed, in this case, will be clearly indicated by road signs.
50km/h and 70 km/h signs will clearly indicate the axes that will be excluded from the overall 30km/h regime.
Signs announcing the new global speed regime at the entrances to the Region will be installed before December 31, 2020, with the indication “In force from January 1, 2021”. The hundreds of zone 30 and end of zone 30 signs that exist today in the Region will be gradually removed by the neighborhood until March 31, 2021. The areas around schools will always be indicated by the A23 sign showing the symbol of children.
The new speed regime applies to all users, including taxis, buses, cyclists (speed-pedelecs), electric scooters, even on bus lanes and cycle paths.