New cycle parking facilities in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Ixelles, Anderlecht, Etterbeek, Schaerbeek, Uccle and Brussels: eight projects for public bodies, associations and schools in the Brussels Region are benefitting from support from the Bikes in Brussels Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation. The call for projects is still open: applications for support for new initiatives that improve the cycling infrastructure in the Brussels-Capital Region can be made at any time.
Enabling more people to opt for cycling as the safe and effective way of getting around, in and to the Brussels-Capital Region: it is within this perspective that the Bikes in Brussels Fund has provided ongoing support, for three years now, for initiatives - small, medium and large scale - of associations, public bodies, as well as public and private partnerships, that improve the cycling infrastructure and equipment in the capital.
Eight new projects
The Bikes in Brussels Fund has just selected eight new cycle parking projects in seven Brussels communes, amounting to a total of 94,235 euros. This brings to 53 the number of cycling initiatives supported by the Fund since its creation at the end of 2018 under the King Baudouin Foundation, and it represents a total of over four million euros.
The eight new projects supported by the Fund are:
• In Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the municipal government will install five boxes, providing 25 places to park cycles securely in five streets across the commune. These additional parking spaces answer strong demand in the neighbourhood and further encourage cycling in the commune.
• Also in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the Haute École EPHEC will install cycle parking for short-term visitors to the school. This is an initiative of the Haute École to encourage cycling mobility among the staff, students and visitors, as part of an action plan developed with support from Bruxelles Environnement (Bike Project 2021).
• In Ixelles, the ROOF cycle park has provided a solution for the owners of a garage who wanted to secure a return on their space and cyclists who needed somewhere to leave their cycles in safety close to home. Thanks to support from the Fund, ROOF will equip garages for cycle parking in various communes, thereby providing 500 secure places for cyclists to leave their bicycle.
• The Creb, which has opened a new day care centre in Anderlecht for severely disabled children, will install covered parking for 16 cycles for members of staff, children and their families. This installation is in line with the association’s environmentally friendly approach, which began with a new passive construction.
• In Etterbeek, the Lutgardisschool will extend its current cycling infrastructure by creating a covered cycle park for 70 cycles to protect them from the weather. The initiative, which came from the parents’ committee, aims to answer the growing enthusiasm for cycles and will continue to encourage teachers, parents and children to go to school on their bikes.
• In Schaerbeek, the Centre Hama 1, a residential centre for people with mental disabilities, will install a covered cycle park for the cycles of workers and visitors. The Fund’s support will also enable a box to be installed to protect the tandem cycle which the school intends to acquire for its residents.
• In Uccle, the Decroly School will create a cycle park for 42 cycles belonging to pupils, parents and teachers, as well as a cycle repair shop. This initiative is part of the school’s active teaching approach, which develops cycle-based activities and encourages use of the cycle to get around.
• In Brussels, the Université Saint-Louis will install 13 new cycle racks in its cycle park of 26 places. This is part of the action plan designed to encourage and facilitate cycle use among the staff and students, developed with support from Bruxelles Environnement (Bike Project 2021).
If you would like to know more about any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Verbyst (firstname.lastname@example.org, 02 549 02 78, 0478 75 01 41). We will be delighted to put you in contact with the organisations concerned.