The Antwerp governor Cathy Berx wants to convince her local authorities to opt for the lowest possible ‘meeting speed’ between road users.
The standard must be 30 km per hour on roads without separate cycle paths and at conflicting intersections, says Berx. Increasing the speed to 50 or 70 km per hour assumes that the road is designed in such a way that it is safe for all road users.
Berx responded to a report from the Vias traffic institute, which showed that there were more bicycle deaths during the summer. ‘Pedestrians and cyclists make traffic much safer for all road users. That is why it is unacceptable that we have an excessive number of road casualties among them. ‘