In turn, the Brussels Region will have cycling nodes. Date confirmed Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt on Tuesday in the composition of the committee at a question from Groen party leader Arnaud Verstraete. “Cycling has been on the rise in Brussels for a long time. With bicycle junctions we can get Brussels residents and tourists on their way to discover fun, safe cycling routes in Brussels, which are now for commuter traffic, or for relaxation”, Verstraete responds to the news.
You will already find cycling junctions in many provinces: the system can map out simple routes for you from junction to junction. “Once you’re on your bike, you just have to follow the signage to the next point. You don’t need your smartphone, making it an ideal way to enjoy the environment one hundred percent,” says Arnaud Verstraete.
The first phase of the project – good for a price tag of 170,000 euros – is planned for this year. The Green MP points out that the demand for bicycle hubs among the inhabitants of Brussels has been around for some time. In 2020, a group of volunteers under the name BikeNode.Brussels will create a digital network of cycling nodes that contains about 250 kilometers of Brussels cycling routes. Their pioneering work was widely recognized in parliament, van den Brandt announced in February last year that they would investigate how they could strengthen this citizens’ initiative. So that’s happening now. In order not to let the lost work of BikeNode go, talks are also underway with the initiators to see how their engagement can be included in the project sustainably.
The mission of Visit.brussels consists of two parts. After a study on the best location for the bicycle nodes, the actual implementation of the project follows, including the actual placement of the first. The project is financed by Brussels Mobility.