Only 1 in 5 stolen bicycles in Brussels returns to owner
The number of stolen bikes registered by the Brussels police increased by 27% in the last three years. This means that the action plan to prevent bicycle theft doesn’t have the desired effect.
Only 20% of the 15 000 registered bicycles via mybike.brussels came back to the owner of the bike. To counter this, Brussels wants to install 500 secure bicycle parking spaces in special shelter boxes.
The number of bicycles in the Brussels Region is on the rise. And so is the number of bicycle thefts. In the last three years, the number of registered stolen bikes went up by 27%. Studies show that one out of three victims of a bicycle theft stops cycling.
More bicycle shelters
According to Cieltje Van Achter, floor leader of N-VA, this is dramatic. She, therefore, wants more bicycle boxes and shelters. “Today, 6 700 of Brussels inhabitants are waiting for a place. This is unacceptable.”
In a reaction, Minister of Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), says she will free half a million euros of subsidy for municipalities to increase the offer of safe bicycle shelters. This year, she wants to create 500 additional places in bicycle boxes.
The action plan intended to tackle bicycle theft was introduced in 2016 and now comes to an end. It will be evaluated and restarted by the end of this year. According to Wies Callens, spokesperson of the bicycle union (Fietsersbond), one of the task force participants, mybike.brussels, was a positive initiative, a move in the right direction but maintenance policy needs to improve.