According to it Auto55.be the new circulation plan in Brussels is life-threatening. Only with Google Maps or Waze on your smartphone you can find your way in the new maze of loops, cuts and one-way streets and it is not obvious to know where you can still drive. Traffic has been disrupted since August 16 due to a new circulation plan. According to the fire service, it is only a matter of time before this claims victims. What was supposed to be a large-scale approach to mobility in the Pentagon, with the aim of creating a car-free city center, is now in danger of getting out of hand.
The immediate result is traffic jams on the inner ring road for miles and chaos in the neighborhoods involved. The city of Brussels and the Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Green) are keeping motorists under control with false promises and lies about quality of life and air quality, according to the party leader. There are also, of course, reactions to the introduction of the circulation plan from a political angle.
Vlaams Belang focuses on modern urban mobility, where different modes of transport co-exist or complement each other. “The current red-green mobility policy uses a conflict model where people are pitted against each other,” Lootens-Stael continues. “One should coordinate the planning of road works and provide workable alternatives. And that will not happen with the roll-out of 'Good Move', and a fortiori with the green mobility vision in general.”
“Take the pedestrian zone on Anspachlaan now. Previously the beating heart of Brussels with various sights, shops or mythical catering establishments. After years of work, that supply has become very scarce. And it's unsafe in the evenings," said Lootens-Stael. “The measures surrounding 'Good Move' are now blocking traffic even more, which will worsen the situation.”
“Alternatives must be provided and citizens must be guided through the change. Not as it is happening now, with bullying measures without much coordination," concludes Lootens-Stael. “Now it is established that the city has become unlivable due to the stationary traffic that they have created themselves. We therefore request a suspension of the circulation plan until the end of the renovation works on the Brussels tunnels.”