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“Let’s make Brussels a city for children”

This week will therefore be an opportunity to highlight initiatives improving children’s mobility and the inclusion of children in public space. The central theme of this week in Brussels is “For a child-friendly city”. During this mobility week, children are really in the center of attention in Brussels.

“A city can only benefit everyone if its children can move freely and safely. A certain degree of independence, carefree outdoor play and plenty of exercise are essential for children to grow up healthy and happy. And happy, thriving children in public spaces are essential for a healthy city. Public space in Brussels these days too often requires children to sacrifice their autonomy and their outdoor play. The balance has been lost: the importance given to motorized transit leaves too little room for our most important residents of Brussels – the youngest. “, we can read in the press release of Brussels Mobility.

Which suggests that almost 70% of public space is suitable for cars and poses a danger to children.

Among the 1,219,970 inhabitants of the Brussels Capital Region, 275,563 are between the ages of 0 and 17. They represent 22% of the citizens of the capital and have specific needs and rights for mobility. The Brussels region also has many schools with a total of 55,000 children in kindergartens, almost 100,000 schoolchildren in primary education and 106,000 in secondary education2. In total, there are more than 260,000 children and teenagers who together make more than 2.5 million trips to school each week, not counting their other day trips.

90% of students without cars by 2030

Today, in the Brussels region, 62% of pupils at the elementary level and 84% at the secondary school level travel (home-school) other than by car at least 1 day out of 2. Brussels Mobility aims to increase these levels to 70%, respectively. 90% by 2030. Bruxelles Mobilité’s vision for school mobility in Brussels is as follows: “Schools move actively and completely safely”.

This means that children must be able to move actively – on foot, by bike or by public transport – completely safely from home to the school gate. These ambitions are in line with the goals of the Good Move plan to move towards more active mobility for everyone, including children, which also allows them to improve concentration, health and independence.

“Walk of Fame”

In addition to regular events such as “To work without a car” and “On foot, by bike, to school”, Brussels Mobility organizes the “Walk of Fame”.

Several Brussels schools with a school street will use Mobility Week to show their pupils’ pride in coming to school by adopting an active mode of transport. To honor these young everyday workers, they will paint a “Walk of Fame” like Hollywood stars on the sidewalk.

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