New bike tunnel makes cycling safer in Belgium
A new bike tunnel on the outskirts of Brussels is making commutes safer for cyclists. Built with ERDF support, local officials hope it will encourage more people to leave their cars at home when heading into the city.
Located in the Flemish-Brabant region to the east of the Belgian capital, the tunnel is part of a larger effort to make the Brussels periphery more bike-friendly and focused on a greener future.
The tunnel – which took just over two years to build – runs along the Woluwe valley and is part of the F202 cycling highway. In a bid to boost safety, it keeps cyclists away from traffic on the busy Leuvensesteenweg artery.
Lydia Peeters, the Flemish minister for mobility and public works, says investing in safe bike infrastructure such as the new tunnel should make it more appealing for commuters to travel into the city on two wheels – not four.
Construction costs totalled approximately EUR 20 million, with the ERDF contributing EUR 2.7 million.
Author: Luc Joris