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.
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.
As part of the 2010-2014 master plan for pedestrian traffic in the Brussels Capital Region, a manual has been prepared for the improvement of pedestrian facilities. The first part of this manual deals with pedestrian pavements, and BRRC was mandated to draft this part. It describes the fields of application and the specific features of laying and maintenance of the various paving materials used on pedestrian routes. The environmental aspects involved are discussed as well.
Although directive 2008/96/EG of the European Parliament and the Council of 19th November 2008 on road infrastructure safety management describes the procedure for safety audits in more detail, BRRC has chosen to start the implementation with the gradual development of a methodology for safety inspections.