Sometimes, I just hate this city. Especially the public transport. The tramways are unreliable, buses are constantly late, the metro is more or less OK though 3 lines running insufficiently during rush hours is not overwhelming for a city of 1 mio people calling itself the capital of Europe.
Brussels is a city build for cars, and cars only. The transport environment is extremely hostile to cyclists. Only a few cyclist lanes exist but sometimes they finish right in the middle of nowhere. The old tramways (luckily a few lines already run with new ones) date from I don’t know when and are as hostile to wheelchairs and baby trolleys as they could possibly be. (Actually, concerning wheelchairs, they’ve been totally ignored in the planning) Night buses were introduced as early as April 2007 but only for Friday and Saturday night. I’m still trying to figure out if this is a kind of joke or if this is serious.
What I would say is that Brussels missed the development in urban transport of the last 10 – 15 years as there has been for instance the separation of trams and buses from car lanes so that public transport is faster and more reliable; the enabling of all parts of the population, especially physically handicapped, to benefit from the public transport; the encouragement of cyclist by setting up a cyling lane network throughout the city; the discouragement of using the individual cars to make the city greener, cleaner and more attractive to families, tourists, etc.
The overall problem may be linked to the fact that the urban development is quite neglected in Brussels. Anyway, I’m very happy that I can do most of my ways by walking, simply, easy walking. If only they were less cars and less exhaust fumes, it would be quite enjoyable.