2018: number of cyclists in Brussels increased again
In 2018 the number of cyclists in Brussels increased by 16 percent, while in 2017 there was still a slight decrease of 0,8%. This is shown by the counts of the Cycle Observatory 2018.
The counts by the Cycle Observatory took place on four mornings in January, May, September and November at 26 locations in Brussels. The largest increase was recorded in September, when there was a 28% increase in cyclists compared to 2017. The other counting moments also showed an increase: 18% in January , 2% in May and 17% in November.
Cycling policy works
The upward trend that has been observed since 2010 is continuing steadily with an average growth of 13 % per year. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of cyclists doubled to 32.506.
“This growth is due to the development of a cycling policy. It shows that the inhabitants of Brussels embrace the bicycle and it proves that it is useful to invest in a safe cycling infrastructure. The more space you give to cyclists, the more it will be used for cycling”, says Pascal Smet, Brussels Minister of Mobility (sp.a).
Commuters choose for pedelecs
The counts of the Bicycle Observatory also highlight various other accents. For example, 55% of the cyclists wore a helmet and 12% of them were equipped with facilities to transport children. Furthermore, 8% folding bicycles, 5% Villo bicycles, 2% cargo bikes and only 0,5% speed pedelecs were counted. Pedelecs represent 11% of commuter traffic.
Finally, evening counts were also carried out at 4 locations to evaluate the lighting of the bicycles. 73 % of the bicycles are correctly illuminated, while 14% have no lighting at all. This is better compared to 2017, when 20% of bicycles were not illuminated. 65% of cyclists are still men, 33% are women and only 2% of de cyclists in Brussels are children.