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Flemish Road Safety Conference 2016 held a minute of silence for the victims of the Brussel Attacks    Mar 23, 2016

Flemish Road Safety Conference 2016 held a minute of silence for the victims of the Brussel Attacks
Mar 23, 2016

“On a normal day, I’d wish you all a good morning, but it’s neither a normal day nor a good morning. We are deeply shocked by the attacks in Brussels. Our thoughts are with the victims, their family and friends.” Eddy Klynen, Coordinator of the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge, spoke to the attendees at the Flemish Road Safety Conference 2016. Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever said it was "the darkest day in the history of our country since the Second World War". Ben Weyts, the Flemish Minister for Mobility, was also horrified by the Brussels attacks. A minute of silence was held in memory of the victims.

The organization didn’t cancel the Flemish Road Safety Conference. “The efforts we invest to improve traffic safety, are very important”, said Eddy Klynen. The hard work paid off. The road safety barometer of the Road Safety Knowledge Centre indicates that the number of road deaths in Flanders fell by 4 per cent. “This is encouraging, but it’s just the beginning. We aim to reduce the annual total of road deaths more than we’ve achieved sofar”, so Ben Weyts, the Flemish Minister for Mobility.

Sharing knowledge

Children, seniors, ‘new Flemish people’ and other road users move in an environment marked by an increasing urbanization. Do the old, general road safety measures still guarantee our road safety? Or should they focus again on men and society? In several sessions, a number of speakers shared their knowledge, among them several IMOB-researchers: 

  • Kris Brijs (Assistant Professor, IMOB) – The category B driving education in Flanders: the effectivity of the existing model and policy recommendations concerning the future
  • Tim De Ceunynck (Steunpunt Verkeersveiligheid) – Sharing is (s)caring? Interactions between buses and bicyclists on bus lanes shared with bicyclists
  • Wouter van Haperen (PhD student, IMOB) – The diverging diamond interchange
  • Joris Cornu (Steunpunt Verkeersveiligheid) – The influence of speed reducing measures in sharp turns and interchanges
  • Heike Martensen (BIVV) and Judith Urlings (PhD student, IMOB) – Seniors and road safety
  • Ariane Cuenen (PhD student, IMOB) and Sofie Boets (BIVV) – The use of a checklist to determine the driving ability of seniors
  • Aline Carpentier (Steunpunt Verkeersveiligheid) en Annelies Schoeters (BIVV) – Theme report Children

Road Safety Award 2016

The Road Safety Award 2016 went to ‘Speelweefselplan (Game plan/ the city of Antwerp). This award rewards projects that innovatively contribute to road safety in a neighborhood, business, school, association or municipality. Within this project, the city of Antwerp aims to make the traffic in districts safer and more child-friendly. A beautiful initiative!