The average speed in Brussels has remained lower following a speed cut introduced two years ago.

Speed fell sharply following the introduction of a general 30 km/h speed limit in January 2021 and has stayed lower ever since, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

Analysis of speed measurements at 80 locations showed a visible and constant decrease in the average speed on all roads, including the limited number of 50m/h roads, the city authorities said.

The improvement has occurred during the daytime and at night.

According to the research, travel times have also not increased when compared to the pre-covid period in 2019.

The ETSC said there had also been a continuous downward trend in the number of pedestrians killed and seriously injured in traffic in the city. The figures for the third quarter of 2022 are the lowest observed in Brussels since 2004.

The safety council has however reported an increase in the number of crashes involving e-scooter users and to a lesser extent , among cyclists, but did point out that both groups have increased dramatically in number in recent years.