Broad support for a Brussels' Running Plan

Brussels' Parliament approves a resolution by Jef Van Damme (sp.a) on a running plan

Friday, March 2, 2018 — On Friday the Brussels’ Parliament approved a resolution by Jef Van Damme (sp.a, Dutch speaking socialists) to change Brussels into a running city. With a large majority, the Parliament requests that the Government create and signpost urban running circuits and build infrastructure for runners.

Brussels has many running events that attract a growing audience. Everybody knows the ’Brussels 20K’ and the Brussels (half) marathon, but recently many smaller runs have popped up. Jef Van Damme organizes the ‘Brussels Canal Run’ for several years. Running is healthy, cheap, and allows everybody to explore and enjoy different parts of the city. Increasingly the ‘runnability’ of a city is becoming an international or touristic asset.   

Mr. Van Damme and with him the Brussels Parliament want Brussels to create a real running policy. This can be done by different means: by publishing and signposting good jogging routes, by connecting circuits, by installing small infrastructure such as toilets, lockers or drinking fountains.    

Jef Van Damme is delighted with the broad support for his proposition: 

“Many people run in Brussels. I am therefor delighted to see this broad political support for this running plan. I also experience much support inside the Brussels administration to work around this theme. This corroborates my conviction that we can swiftly advance to turn Brussels into a running city.”

Running heatmap of Brussels
Jef Van Damme Member of Brussels Parliament at sp.a - Dutch speaking socialists