RAVeL (Réseau Autonome de Voies Lentes) is a feature of Wallonia’s policy for “soft” mobility. This network of segregated cycleways is to provide safety for vulnerable road users. To offer equivalent safety at junctions between these cycleways and ordinary roads, the competent directorate of the Walloon public service department SPW ordered a study from BRRC.
BRRC has been monitoring the growing interest in road safety audits and inspections for a number of years. As early as in 2002, the Centre participated in the activities of the European Road Federation (ERF).
On 29th November 2008, directive 2008/96/EG of the European Parliament and the Council of 19th November 2008 on road infrastructure safety management was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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.