Eight new rides along the Promenade Verte (Green Ride) will be completed thanks to support of almost one million euros from the Bikes in Brussels Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation. The Fund is also providing support for a further seven new cyclist infrastructure projects for schools, communes, associations, hospitals and mental health centres, amounting to a total of over 140,000 euros. A new selection of projects will be made at the end of 2020.
The regional Promenade Verte is a magnificent ride of over 60 km in total that enables cyclists to make a tour of the Brussels-Capital Region, whilst discovering many of the capital’s green spaces. Recognised as an axis of circulation/soft mobility, the ride is used by many cyclists each day. However, certain sections of the ride are not optimal in terms of comfort, safety or clarity. In order to remedy these problems and to make local improvements for cyclists’ mobility, between now and 2023 Bruxelles Environnement will conduct eight projects to improve local roads. The projects will enjoy substantial support of 991,390 euros provided by the Bikes in Brussels Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.
The improvements planned concern five communes: Anderlecht (Rue de la Poésie – Boulevard de la Grande Ceinture), Evere (Rue de l’Arbre Unique and Avenue Léopold III), Forest (Rue des Lutins), Uccle (Rue du Roseau) and Watermael-Boitsfort (Rue du Buis and Tenreuken). The communes will ensure continuation on local roads of improvements already achieved for the Promenade Verte via the regional roads and green spaces of the Brussels Region.
In addition to the regional Promenade Verte, the Bikes in Brussels Fund is also providing support for a further seven new cycling infrastructure projects, amounting to over 140,000 euros in total.
• In Laeken, the hospital CHU Brugmann – HUDERF will re-develop a brownfield site as a secure cycle park for use by personnel at the hospital’s Horta site. The project will receive 53,240 euros from the Bikes in Brussels Fund.
• The Commune of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe will install cycle parking spaces in its four nursery and primary schools in order to encourage the children, their parents and school personnel to cycle to school. The Fund is contributing 39,704 euros to the project.
• In Uccle, Epsylon (the Brussels network of psychiatric care) will acquire five electric bikes for use by residents and will develop secure parking spaces for the bikes of residents and staff. The Fund is awarding support of 15,498 euros to the project.
• The Athénée Royal of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert will install three covered and secure cycle parks, together with electric recharging points, for use by the students, parents, personnel and other users of the site. The project will receive 15,000 euros in support from the Bikes in Brussels Fund.
• Also in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the Haute École Léonard de Vinci will make available an enclosed and secure cycle parking lot for 55 cycles. The Fund is providing 6,844 euros for the project.
• The Basisschool Koninklijk Atheneum Etterbeek will create a second covered cycle park so as to enable more children and their parents to cycle to the nursery school. The school will receive 6,100 euros in support from the Bikes in Brussels for the project.
• In Brussels, the Foyer des jeunes des Marolles will set up a cycle repair workshop and train youngsters and a group leader in cycle repairs. The project has also foreseen workshops to raise awareness about road safety. 6,000 euros is being given in support to the project.
If you would like to have further information about any of these projects, please contact Cathy Verbyst (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 02-549 02 78; 0478-75 01 41). It will be our pleasure to put you in touch with any of the organisations.
More about the Bikes in Brussels Fund
Set up at the end of 2018 under the King Baudouin Foundation, the Bikes in Brussels Fund aims to promote cycle use for getting to and around the Brussels-Capital Region. The Fund supports initiatives developed by associations, government and public and private partners that encourage cycling by improving cycling infrastructure. Since its creation, the Fund has already supported 27 projects with aid worth over 2.6 million euros. The call for projects by the Bikes in Brussels Fund is on-going and so projects can be introduced throughout the year on our website www.kbs-frb.be