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.
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.
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.
The cycle facilities manual of the Brussels Capital Region offers technical support to all actors involved in the promotion of cycling and especially in the improvement of cycle infrastructure in Brussels.
Safety, comfort, rapidity, attractivenes and consistency are the five major demands made by by cyclists on the quality of cycle facilities.
Cyclist safety and comfort are greatly determined by the quality of pavements, road markings and lighting.
At the request of Brussels Mobility, BRRC has authored two parts of the manual dealing with those topics.