The municipality of Anderlecht has decided to test the concept of ‘school streets’ in front of five schools in its territory. A ‘school street’ is a street with a school in it where traffic is banned at the beginning and the end of a school day. This test phase was instigated by Alderwoman for Mobility, Suzanne Muller-Hubsch (Écolo).
“Traffic often is chaotic then and the emissions of cars have a serious impact on the air quality. Even in the classrooms”, says Muller-Hubsch. “By banning traffic at those moments, we improve safety and make sure the air quality in the classes is better.”
The test phase will take four months (May, June, September and October), so people will have the time to get used to the new situation. “At the end of the experiment, we will evaluate the school streets and decide whether the measure will be made permanent.”
With this action, Anderlecht is one of Brussels’ municipalities with the most school streets on its territory. The participating schools are: School Dertien (rue du Bronze), Scherdemael (rue Camille Vaneukem), Goede Lucht (place Séverine), Voorzienigheid (rue Georges Moreau) and Moortebeek (rue Adolphe Willemyns).
The Brussels Times/Belga