The pedestrian crossing on Avenue Fonsny in front of Gare du Midi is the most dangerous driving area in Brussels, according to a report which identified 30 danger spots in the capital. Brussels Secretary of State for Road Safety, Bianca Debaets (CD&V), announced plans to make this issue her number one priority on Monday.
The research, conducted by Espaces-Mobilité, the Belgian Institute for Road Safety, Bruxelles Mobilité and l’Opzoekingscentrum voor de Wegenbouw, took place over a period of 4 years, from 2010 to 2013. The previous study dated back to 2005.
A total of 101 potentially dangerous areas were scrutinised and 30 fell into the “danger spot” category, including Rond-Point Hermès roundabout on Anderlecht’s Boulevard Industriel, the Rue de la Loi and Rue Royale intersection, and Porte de Namur. The Avenue Fonsny-Rue de Russie intersection was the most dangerous, with accidents causing one death, seven serious injuries and 68 minor injuries over the course of the research.
“I am hoping direct political intervention will help improve road safety and limit the number of accidents there,” said Secretary of State d’Etat Bianca Debaets (CD&V). “Many of these danger spots are on municipal roads, which is why we need to talk with the towns in question to help them develop a satisfactory approach in their mobility plan. I aim to raise awareness of these issues in the coming months and years.”