Brussels Mobility, in collaboration with the consultancy firms Ascaudit and Timenco, is carrying out accessibility plans for roads and public spaces in partnership with the 19 Brussels municipalities.
The PAVE includes two essential missions that will shed additional light on the situation of pedestrians in public spaces.
The municipal pedestrian network
The first mission consists of determining, with the help of the municipality and the inhabitants, the municipal pedestrian structure network which will identify different levels of pedestrian intensity (basic network, connecting route and main pedestrian route) and will therefore make it possible to define priorities for intervention according to this intensity (when serious accessibility problems are noted, the principle is to intervene as a priority on the main routes where the greatest number of pedestrians circulate).
This pedestrian network can be consulted on the Mobigis website and will be included as such in the future Regional Mobility Plan (Good Move) and the various municipal mobility plans that will result from it.
An inventory of the accessibility of pavements and public spaces
This inventory is based on the Cahier de l'accessibilité piétonne (pedestrian accessibility guide) and identifies all the elements that are not in conformity with the regulations in the field. Among the main criteria identified are the width of the path, the slope, obstacles, paving, pedestrian crossings, lighting and public transport stops.
The audit takes into account the needs of people with mobility, visual, hearing, mental and psychological disabilities. By integrating the needs of people with the greatest mobility difficulties (PRM), safety and comfort for all pedestrians are ensured.
During the establishment of the inventory of condition by walking, the Ascaudit engineering and design department carries out a diagnosis for each non-conformity noted, establishes recommendations, prioritizes them and proposes solutions of improvement whose cost is estimated.
This work results in a budgetary programme for the accessibility of pedestrian spaces, always taking into account the continuity of the chain of travel, which justifies the Region's work in tandem with the municipality, but also with other partners such as Beliris and the STIB at the regional level, and tends to ensure that each new development is henceforth 100% accessible.
The PAVE, which will be submitted to both the municipality and the Region, is therefore composed of the structuring municipal pedestrian network and a survey of all geo-referenced non-conformities.
With this initiative, the Brussels-Capital Region wants to be a forerunner in Belgium by bringing the issue of accessibility closer to the citizens through awareness and responsibility on the part of the Brussels municipalities and its own services.