Brussels’ Master Plan for 10 000 bicycle parking spaces detailed
The Brussels Master Plan for bicycle parking places should provide qualitative and secure bicycle parking spaces in the whole of the Brussels Region, Brussels Mobility Minster Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) stated during the Plan’s presentation in the Brussels Parliament’s Commission.
The Master Plan foresees 10 000 new bicycle parking spaces by 2030. These would mainly be located at major train and subway stations, but also at all Park+Ride parking lots around the city, providing 10 bicycle spaces per 100 cars. The decree on public parking spaces is to be changed, requiring at least 5 bicycle spaces at parking for 10 to 50 cars, 10 bicycle spaces for 51 to 100 cars, and for larger parking lots a public bicycle shelter with 10 secured bicycle places.
Increase of 11%
According to an estimation of the GoodMove plan, the share of bicycle trips within the Brussels Region will increase from 3% in 2018 to 11% by 2030. People massively (re)discovered the bicycle during the corona pandemic, and the phenomenon is probably here to stay. Hence, an urgent need for more parking space for cyclists.
Since the development of a parking offer is long-winded, the project’s roll-out is spread over ten years. The plan should be ready by 2030. The plan’s initiators have indicated Parking.brussels as the operator, responsible for administration, management, development, and maintenance of the complete offer of parking services.
Bicycle shelters in the city have to become more attractive, and access and tariffs should be harmonized. The Master Plan also provides financial support for co-owners who want to build safe bicycle shelters or transform empty or unused buildings into bicycle shelters.
In the Master Plan, special attention is given to additional parking spaces at large IC-stations (InterCity train service) and S-stations (Suburban train service). When you get off the train, you can easily continue your journey – or the last mile – by bike.
Parking capacity should, therefore, be expanded in the surroundings of bus and streetcar stops and subways. Also, for Park & Ride locations, the necessary bicycle shelters should be created. Finally, the bicycle parking plan should also be integrated into the city’s development and the contracts for sustainable districts and city renovation projects.