"Ban the car from central Brussels" says Mayor

The Mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, is pressing for a quick decision on banning cars from part of the Anspachlaan in central Brussels. Mr Mayeur told the daily Le Soir: "We need to be ahead of legal action and protests."

The new mayor stresses his determination to put the bicycle first in central Brussels and make the necessary changes to the traffic infrastructure. He favours banning the car on the Anspachlaan between Beurs and De Brouckère as has been requested by several organisations. The mayor wants the city cabinet to decide the matter at the end of January.

Yvan Mayeur: "Whatever we do, there will always be opponents. The only way to avoid opposition is to do nothing. People should come to the city to shop and stroll. A motorway in the middle of the city isn't attractive, not even for retailers."