Flanders will invest in renovating tunnels, bicycle paths and freight transport. Credit: Belga/ Helen Lyons Cycling, traffic safety and sustainability are at the heart of Flanders’ Mobility and Public Works policy, for which a budget of €2.2 billion will be freed up in 2022 and spread over more than 900 projects.
The far-reaching policy comprises a total of 929 projects with €328 million earmarked for bicycle infrastructure — up from just €180 million in 2020. €225 million will be spent improving road safety, Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters announced on Thursday morning.
“We want to create a cycling reflex in every person in Flanders, so that every time we travel we instinctively go for the (shared) bike,” Peeters said.
She added that to reach this goal, the region has to invest in safe, spacious and comfortable bicycle paths, which “requires a serious amount of investment.” Peeters also wants to increase the cycling ambition of local authorities. New cycle tunnel along the Woluwe valley in Zaventem and Kraainem. Credit: DWV Flanders
Aside from investment in infrastructure, the region will also boost traffic safety awareness campaigns. In addition, dangerous points on roads will be rethought, making intersections as conflict-free as possible and creating safe school routes and school environments. Renovating old tunnels
The Mobility and Public Works policy manages 7,000 km of regional and motorways in Flanders, as well as 1,076 km of navigable waterways, 2,777 engineering structures (bridges, tunnels and retaining walls) and 7,700 km of cycle paths.
Although the region […]