Brussels park-and-rides becoming free of charge in September

As of 5 September, a subscription to one of the park-and-ride car parks in the outskirts of Brussels will be completely free for commuters who use transport in this way. The Brussels parking agency parking announces this.brussels. The prices for bicycle parking in a Cycloparking will also go down significantly.

The price reductions are linked to the Brussels government’s new climate, air, and energy plan. This was approved in May of this year. In addition, parking subscriptions for commuter car drivers who use park-and-ride facilities will become free, instead of 60 euros per year plus 1,5 euros per day of use. Also, it will become completely free for occasional users who used to pay 3 euros per day.

“By making the Park+Ride free, we want to encourage our commuters and visitors to Brussels to park at the entrance to the city and use our efficient public transport,” says Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen). “In addition, the new rates for bicycle parking will ensure that more Brussels residents and visitors opt for a bicycle.”

As of 5 September, a season ticket for a space in a secured Cycloparking bike park costs 15 euros per year, instead of 60 euros. In addition, the subscription for a cargo bike drops from 120 euros to 30 euros per year.

From barely to sufficient users

The Brussels-Capital Region has seven car parks designated as Park & Rides: Erasmus, Coovi, Stalle, Delta, Herrmann-Debroux, Roodebeek, and Kraainem. Currently, parking.brussels is actively managing two car parks as a P+R with a subscription formula. At a P+R, commuters can also switch to a shared bicycle or e-scooter.

Exact figures for the number of users are not available. Nevertheless, P+R Coovi in Anderlecht, located just off the Brussels Ring Road, was opened in 2019 but barely attracted visitors. The maximum occupancy never exceeded 20%.

The other interchange car parks in the Brussels suburbs can count on sufficient visitors. There are plans to expand the P+R of Stalle and Kraainem to 800 places because of their success. The main objective of these P+Rs is to reduce congestion and parking charges in the city.

Within the framework of the new management contract between the Regional Parking Agency and the Brussels-Capital Region, parking.brussels has set itself the main objectives of providing 20 000 off-street parking spaces, 10 000 secure bike parking spaces, and 10 000 bicycle racks for parking bicycles for short periods by 2026.

The aim is also to convince as many municipalities as possible to entrust their parking policy to parking.brussels by 2026.

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