Antwerp to launch ambitious network of shared e-bikes
The 33 communities of the Antwerp transport region are considering the start-up of a network of more than 1.000 shared e-bikes. The news was announced by the Flemish newspaper, Gazet van Antwerpen, but was later confirmed by the local authorities. In the meantime, a survey has started to check the interest of companies.
“With the initiative, the Antwerp transport region hopes to motivate people to opt for more sustainable means of mobility,” says Antwerp Alderman for Mobility, Koen Kennis (N-VA). According to the actual plans, the network would consist of 76 strategic junctions where the bicycles would be available: locations like park-and-ride zones, train stations, bus and tram stops.
The demand for the system is highest in the suburbs, like Zandhoven, Mortsel, and Brasschaat, among others. “We would like to come to a uniform bike-sharing platform with mainly electric bicycles,” continues Kennis. “But the survey will show whether the bicycle network will be partly or entirely electric.
Port of Antwerp
Antwerp is also approaching other communities outside the Antwerp transport region for possible cooperation. The city of Sint-Niklaas, for instance, is looking for new mobility options for commuters to and from the port of Antwerp.
The survey ends on 16 September, and the Antwerp transport region hopes to take the next step in the project by 2020.