Why is there a need for a better way to share public space, which today is still largely occupied by the car?

Why is there a need for a better way to share public space, which today is still largely occupied by the car?

600 400 Guillaume Armandi
Développement territorial

In the Brussels Region, public space is still very largely dedicated to road traffic. This is the result of the priority given during the second half of the 20th century to road traffic, which at that time symbolised modernity and represented the promise of progress. Following the creation of the Brussels Region in 1989, though, the perception of public space changed. Optimising travel was no longer the sole concern: the quality of the time people spent in the city was also to be considered. Even so, where public space is concerned, changes take time to materialise. However, numerous recent developments illustrate this shift towards public space on a human scale – a shift that should be supported in order to improve the quality of life in the city (1).

(1) This diagnostic information sheet should be supplemented with the Good Move information sheet on walking and pedestrian policy, ‘Is public space in Brussels conducive to walking and ease of use?’ and with Mobility Overview 5: ‘Sharing public space in the Brussels-Capital Region’, 2016.

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