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€635,000 set aside for cycling projects in Brussels

08:44 25/05/2023

About €635,000 is being set aside for cycling projects in the Belgian capital thanks to funding for Bikes in Brussels, which is managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.

The money will go to support 15 new cycling development and parking projects across 19 Brussels communes, with coordination from various schools, local authorities, sports clubs and associations.

“Whilst cycling in Brussels has increased tremendously over the last few years, further efforts can still be made to improve cycling infrastructures and persuade more people to choose cycling as the preferred, safe and efficient means of transport to and within the Brussels-Capital Region,” the foundation said.

“It is with this in mind that the Bikes in Brussels Fund provides ongoing support for projects of all sizes – small, medium and large – led by associations, public bodies, or public-private partnerships that wish to improve cycling infrastructure or equipment in the capital.”

The Bikes in Brussels Fund supports initiatives to improve the infrastructure for cycling in the Brussels-Capital region.

Since its creation in 2018, 90 cycling infrastructure initiatives have been supported by the Brussels Bike Fund accounting for almost 6 million euros.

Among the new projects, 12 are aimed at providing cycle parking and shelters – not revolutionary but essential nevertheless to facilitate use of cycles in the city, according to the Fund.

Another three projects involve installing a cycle ramp on steep public staircases, including the steps of the Mont du Cinquantenaire in Etterbeek, a cycle path on the Avenue de Mai in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and a cycle path on Avenue Commandant Lothaire in Etterbeek.

All are aimed at meeting the needs of a growing cycling population, making cycling safer and more accessible.

A full list of the 15 new projects awarded grants by the Bikes in Brussels Fund can be found below:

  • The Scherdemael nursery and primary schools in Anderlecht will install a shelter for a total of 60 cycles.
  • The Blankedelle school centre in Auderghem will build a shelter for the pupils’ cycle fleet.
  • The Autre Ecole (asbl Animation-Education) in Auderghem will construct cycle parking with 25 places (10 cycle hoops and 1 box).
  • In Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, the local authority will install three covered cycle parking spaces providing 36 places.
  • The Clinique Saint-Jean in Bruxelles will renovate its underground parking for cycles to provide a capacity of 126 places.
  • The commune of Etterbeek will increase the number of secure parking places for cycles by installing 5 boxes to provide an additional 25 places.
  • The Commune of Etterbeek will get a 300-metre cycle path along the Avenue Commandant Lothaire.
  • Etterbeek will install a cycle ramp up the steps of the Mont du Cinquantenaire.
  • The Maison de Santé Rive in Evere will install 12 cycle parking places (6 hoops) close to the Maison de Santé.
  • The Collège la Fraternité Site Sainte Ursule de Laeken (Brussels) will install a cycle shelter providing 60 places.
  • In Laeken (Brussels), the Athénée Royal Rive Gauche will provide 10 cycle parking places.
  • In Molenbeek, the Collectif d’Alphabétisation association, which organises cycling lessons, will create 24 parking places (hoops and racks).
  • The Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, in Uccle, will install 54 cycle parking places.
  • In Uccle, the Royal Léopold Club will create a cycle shelter of 120 places.
  • Woluwe Saint Lambert will install a cycle path of over 1km on the Avenue de Mai.
Written by Helen Lyons