Brussels on Earth

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On Earth Day, we as a society pay extra attention to our ecological footprint. Climate change, like many socio-economic problems, is a poison that is slowly destroying our society. With, we want to do everything we can to reduce this negative impact and reverse it as much as possible. 

As a political movement in the capital of Belgium and Europe, we have been able to initiate concrete changes in recent years. Positive changes that significantly change the quality of life of all Brussels residents, both in the short and long term.

The lance was broken when Pascal Smet took office as Minister for Mobility in the Brussels Region. He has succeeded in realizing short-term, long-term changes for Brussels residents and visitors. Just think of all the pleasant cycle paths around the Brussels Small Ring. Or even the regional mobility plan, Good Move, which was initiated by him and is being implemented during the 2019-2024 legislature.  

Good Move

Within this plan, the safety and quality of life of the people of Brussels are put first. These are central themes that are used by, among other things, limiting private car ownership and better managing incoming car traffic. The aim of Good Move is to reduce car use by 24% and to increase the number of journeys on foot, by bicycle or by other public and partial means of transport. 

The structural changes for the liveability of Brussels are made more concrete by the close cooperation with Ans Persoons, currently alderman responsible for Urban Planning and Public Space in Brussels City. The tandem of the two offices for Urban Development and Public Space has already paid off for the benefit of the people of Brussels. 

For example, there is the redevelopment of Kantersteen behind the Central Station in Brussels. In addition to the Kleine Ring, it is their ambition to also provide a solid and separate cycling and walking infrastructure within the city center. In the near future, residents of Brussels will feel a relief on the axis from Koloniënstraat to Kapellekerk and via the Wetstraat and Keizerslaan.

In addition, attention is also paid to creating outdoor space for residents of Brussels to play, cycle and meet each other.

Urban Forests 

Together with Ans Persoons, the City of Brussels is committed to connecting the upper and lower cities. Landscape architect, Bureau Bas Smets, will translate this ambition into a master plan. The smart urban interventions will intertwine both city districts in a kind of urban forest. There are, for example, the slopes around the North-South axis: from the Pachecolaan, over the Central Station to the Sablon. These areas of the pentagon are concentrated in enormous mineral surfaces. Today these are dominated by motorized traffic flows. Bureau Bas Smets proposes a transformation of mineral zones into urban ecosystems through the planting of urban forests. By intelligently capturing water on the slopes themselves, it can flow through to “forest” zones instead of down town. With the design of so-called cooling rooms, the designer wants to counteract the effect of the heat islands in the summer.

Park L28

A good example of the connection between different city districts is the L28 park. At the initiative of Ans Persoons, under the "Bockstael Neighborhood Contract", a park has been constructed between the Thurn & Taxis site and the Pannenhuis metro station. Walkers, joggers and cyclists can now move freely between the harbor avenue and the Bockstaelplein. Since 2014, Brussels residents have been able to enjoy this large open space that counts tens of thousands of square meters and is hundreds of meters long. A perfect example of the connection between residential and industrial areas. As far as is concerned, it doesn't end here. 

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