€300 million for cycle paths in Flanders


The mobility ministry has announced a package of €300 million to improve cycle paths in Flanders, particularly those used by commuters

Pedal to work

Flemish mobility minister Ben Weyts has announced an investment of €300 million over the next three years in cycle paths – the equivalent of 830 kilometres along regional roads, split up into more than 200 routes.

The investment will be used to improve the state of existing paths, including problems related to dilapidated surfaces, loose flagstones, paths that are too narrow, signals and dangerous crossings. The €300 million is in addition to the part of the €2 billion package earmarked for cycle bridges as part of Brussels ring road improvements and the €21.7 million going to cycle highways in the region.

A survey in 2015 scored 63.5% of cycle paths on regional roads as “reasonable” or above in terms of comfort and efficiency. This was an improvement on a similar survey in 2013, but Weyts would like to see the figure improve further.

One of the aims of the investment is to encourage more people to cycle to and from work rather than driving, he said. The routes planned for improvement focus on home-to-work traffic. “Flanders is already cycling country at the weekend,” Weyts said. “But not yet during the week.”

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