‘Order in the chaos’: e-scooter parking spaces pop up in Brussels
Wednesday, 03 July 2019
An electric scooter is parked in the middle of the sidewalk in Ixelles, where authorities created new parking spots dedicated e-scooters. Credit: Gabriela Galindo/The Brussels Times
New parking spots dedicated to electric scooters popped up in a square in Brussels’ Ixelles municipality on Wednesday, in a move by local authorities aiming to rein in users’ improper parking habits as the popularity of the electric two-wheelers continues to rise.
The parking spots —white square with scooter pictograms— were painted onto the sidewalks in Place Sainte-Croix, in the municipality’s Flagey neighbourhood.
“We have to create some order in the chaos,” Ixelles’ mayor, Christos Doulkeridis, told Bruzz.
Other e-scooter parking spots are set to be created in the square as well as in other areas of Ixelles, like the Cemetery, in Place du Châtelain and along the busy Chaussée d’Ixelles.
Municipal aldermen for mobility and public works, Yves Rouet and Romain De Reusme, respectively, pushed for the creation of the dedicated parking spots but said that the decision to fine riders for failing to use them needed to be taken by regional authorities.
“The situation is getting so out of hand that we can’t wait,” Rouet said, referring to the nuisances the scattered two-wheelers caused residents as an increasing number of operators placed more and more units on the streets.
The news comes after Brussels’ regional authorities said they were considering introducing regulations to curb the indiscriminate parking of e-scooters in Brussels, including a potential parking ban in the capital’s busiest areas, like the Grand Place.