Brussels will invest in the development of police cycle brigades throughout its region, the Secretary of State for Road Safety, Bianca Debaets (Christian Democratic and Flemish, CD&V) said on Friday. Of the region’s six police zones, two do not have cycle brigades. These are Marlow (Uccle, Watermael and Boitsfort) and Brussels Midi (Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles et Forest).
The objective is for every police zone to have a cycle brigade, Debaets said in the presence of Brussels Mayor Philippe Close and representatives of the cycle brigade of Brussels Capital-Ixelles, the Region’s largest cycle-borne squad with its 41 cyclists.
A call for projects has been issued to police zones desirous of installing cycle brigades and those wishing to increase theirs. A budget of 1.2 million euros has been set aside for this purpose for 2019.
“These brigades are a good way to enforce observance of the traffic code in favour of vulnerable users,” DeBaets said. “A visible police presence is also important.”