Geert van Waeg (BE) | International Federation of Pedestrians

feet Geert v WaegLiving end roads

A road that offers no exit for through motorized traffic is often called a dead-end road. However, when such a road continues as a road or path usable by pedestrians or cyclists, it is simply incorrect to sign such a road is dead-ended.

It neglects the existence and the rights of road users other than motorized ones. Often, these routes are the most appropriate for cyclists and pedestrians, while the sign just discourages them to use these itineraries.

The International Federation of Pedestrians (IFP) proposed to call such roads "living end roads", and to adapt the signage accordingly. In Belgium, this project was run by the Voetgangersbeweging, and stickers to adapt the signage were provided. Some municipalities embraces this simple yet innovative idea and found out that the vast majority of their dead-end signs could be replaced by living-end signs. We will report on the experiences and feedback from the first municipalities that corrected their signage.

Geert van Waeg (BE)

Geert van Waeg (Belgium) is Vice-President of the IFP (International Federation of Pedestrians). From the mid 70ies on, he was active around non-motorized road users (mainly cyclists, as local chairman of the "Groene Fietsers" in Brussels) and liveable cities (Brukselbinnenstebuiten). He is chairman of johanna.be, an NGO that supports local grass root initiatives around infrastructure for non-motorized road users in Belgium, and member of the board of trage wegen. He represents the International Federation of Pedestrians at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.

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