Project carried out with financial support from the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy (Contracts CC CCN/PN/NBN-506 and CC CCN/PN/NBN-556 – 1st September 2008 - 1st September 2010)
In order to achieve homogeneity and consistency in providing facilities throughout Wallonia, SPW entrusted BRRC with the drafting of a guide of good practice for cycle infrastructure. The main purpose of this guide is to provide all public bodies (regions, municipalities, etc.) and organizations (engineering consultancy firms, etc.) involved in cycle facilities with an easy-to-use reference work in which they can rapidly find the necessary information for the provision of a consistent and safe facilitiy that is suitable for all. The guide consists of two theoretical booklets complemented by technical fact sheets.
Society yearns for safer, smoother and cleaner traffic. The decrease in public investments, coupled with these justified social expectations, is underlining the need for new answers to the traditional challenges. Road managers and operators are currently working towards a culture of network optimization. These various factors are at the core of the exponential growth of intelligent transport systems (ITS).
BRRC contributes to this area by collecting and disseminating information. A good knowledge of the potential of ITS as an alternative to more traditional, more physical methods, is essential for decision-makers and road planners. These systems, which come in various forms and formats, are intended for the road network as a whole, from motorways to municipal roads.
In this project several variants were developed, some of which were based on the French EME (“enrobé à module élevé”). After extensive testing in the laboratory ten variants were laid in 2006 on a heavily trafficked section of the E19 between Brussels and Antwerp. This was followed by the drafting of recommendations and performance specifications for this type of asphalt mixture, in cooperation with the Flemish department of mobility and public works (MOW). All information on this project can be found in a research report (CR43/07) published by BRRC.