The Brussels Capital Region’s sustainable urban mobility planning includes ambitions to have zero road deaths by 2030, reducing the speed limit to 30kph by 2021 and increasing the number of pedestrianised zones.
Recently, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brussels, along with many other major European cities, has made space for pedestrians and cyclists a top priority in order to allow people to move around the city, while maintain physical distancing requirements.
Within the inner ring road of the city speed limit for vehicles has temporarily been set to 20kph and new temporary lanes have been allocated for pedestrians and cyclists.
Another innovation that the jury of the sustainable mobility awards was impressed with was the city’s use of the ‘superblocks’ – most famously modelled by the city of Barcelona.
As the 8th winner of the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, Brussels faced stiff competition from fellow Eurocities member Wrocław, and also from Kaunas in Lithuania.
Kruševac (Serbia) was revealed as the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2019, with Karditsa (Greece) taking home the award for smaller municipalities. The 1st EU Urban Road Safety Award went to Pontevedra (Spain).
The registrations for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 have now been opened, with the event taking place in a revised format from 16-22 September. The theme for this year will be ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’. You can find out more information on the dedicated website.