In total, more than 1,200 people complemented the survey in less than two months. This is a very positive result. Three quarters of the participants are aged between 30 and 60, which indicates a good representation of the working population. A little more than half of the participants work in Brussels. Most participants come from the municipality of Overijse and Hoeilaart, but also the municipalities of Tervuren and Sint-Genesius-Rode were well represented. Based on this we can assume most of the participants use the Ring on an almost daily basis.
The car is by far the most used mean of transportation. Almost three quarters of the participants indicated that they usually use the car, compared to 9% for public transport and 8% for the bicycle. At the same time, the fluidity of the Ring got an average score of 2 out of 5, not a good score. The great dependence on the car despite dissatisfaction with traffic flow points to an underlying problem, namely a shortage of alternatives.
Alternative transport modes
The bus, tram or bicycle are not often picked as most used means of transportation. The reasons for this are, according to participants, very diverse. For example, the majority indicates they would leave their car at home more often if public transport would be cheaper, faster and have a higher frequency. For the bicycle, people desire more and safer cycling infrastructure before they would pick this alternative over the car.
Because of the difficulty of getting on the Ring, many are looking for ways to avoid the crowded intersections. This leads to cut-through and overflow traffic in the surrounding neighbourhoods. In the first part of the survey participants were asked to indicate the locations where cut traffic takes place. The Welriekendedreef, the Brusselsesteenweg (both in Hoeilaart and Kraainem / Tervuren), the Frans Verbeekstraat and the Hoeilaartse steenweg were frequently mentioned as very busy streets for cut-through traffic. In addition, people also reported a lot of inconvenience in the centre of Hoeilaart, Jezus-Eik and Tervuren.
In the online survey participants were asked to indicate on a map where there are unsafe situations for cyclists. This map clearly indicated that the intersections Groenendaal, Vierarmen and the access and exit complex at Jezus-Eik are very dangerous places for soft road users. In addition, the Frans Verbeekstraat, the Mechelsesteenweg, the Brusselsesteenweg in Hoeilaart and the N4 are also considered unsafe axes. Making these intersections and streets safer is a big part of the proposals in this second part of the questionnaire.
The Sonian Forest forms an important ecological context for the ring and the intersections Groenendaal, Leonard and Vierarmen. The online survey showed that most participants are already very satisfied with the forest as it is, without much need for improvements. Some, however, indicated that there is room for improvement in the accessibility of the forest, in particular with public transport. Other possible areas for improvement are the realization of more connections such as bridges or tunnels that strengthen nature and the introduction of noise-reducing measures.