With support from the Belgian Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Middle Classes and Energy, BRRC operates a standards support office that goes by the acronym “NAN”. The object is to inform SMEs in the road branch and make them aware of developments in the field of standardization and, where necessary, to offer them additional support in implementing new standards (which are often mandatory).
The Mobility Division participates in the international thematic experts network BESTUFS, which aims at exchanging information, carrying out research and disseminating results in the field of urban goods transport. This network was initiated by the Directorate-General Energy and Transport of the European Commission. The various reports published by this network are available on www.bestufs.net.
There are many reference books on cycle infrastructure. As a result, local and regional planners sometimes appear to be inundated with information and find it difficult to select the solution that best fits their specific situation.
Moreover, the legislation in force for cyclists is manifold, complicated and constantly amended. The Belgian highway code and road managers’ code gather all the legislation on road traffic as a whole, in which it is sometimes difficult to find the required “cycle” information quickly.
This working group was formed by BRRC in 2005, at the request of the authorities in charge of managing road infrastructure in Belgium. It gathers representatives form the three regions (SPW, Bruxelles-Mobilité, MOW), the FPS Mobility and Transport, and a few research organizations (ILTB, BRSI, BRRC).
As a company with over one hundred employees, BRRC is legally required to respond every second year to a federal survey on the daily home-to-work/work-to-home commuting habits of its entire staff. Beyond this legal obligation, as part of a sustainable management policy for both home-to-work/work-to-home commuting and business travel BRRC has developed a corporate travel plan (CTP) for each of its three offices (Sterrebeek, Wavre, and Woluwe).
In addition to the “sustainability” objective that is the leading principle for the 21st century, this plan addresses more general objectives such as reducing travel costs, improving the quality and safety of daily travel, etc.
Through this effort, the Mobility – Safety – Road Management Division has gained expertise of the various tools and methodologies required for the implementation of a CTP. This experience is now put at the disposal of companies willing to implement such a plan.