D’Ieteren is going to sell and repair bikes

October 05, 2021

Car importer and services group D’Ieteren has advanced plans to build a network of bicycle shops across Belgium. The projects are part of a process in which the company is shifting its focus from a car company to a “mobility provider”, says spokesperson Jean-Marc Ponteville. The official decision will be made in a few days. […]

31% of Flemish e-bike-riders cover more than 50 km a week

September 30, 2021

The e-bike has been generally adopted in Flanders, but now it’s becoming popular in Brussels and Wallonia too, traffic safety institute Vias noticed in a general survey, conducted with a representative sample of Belgian e-bike riders. The electric bicycle is gaining popularity year after year. First, the ‘hype’ was mainly seen in Flanders, but now […]

Janssen Pharma rewarded as golden cycle-friendly employer

September 24, 2021

The Flemish Bikers’ Confederation (Fietsersbond) has awarded the pharmaceutical company Janssen the ‘Cycle Friendly Employer Certificate’. The site in Beerse is the first employer in Belgium to receive the golden reward. The Cycle Friendly Employer Certificate was developed to establish a European standard for cycle-friendly companies. Together, CFE and Fietsersbond want to stimulate a cycle-friendly […]

Belgian Cowboy wants to conquer American market

September 24, 2021

Cowboy, the Belgian brand of trendy, urban e-bikes, is planning to conquer the United States. The company presented its ambitious plans on Thursday during the Micromobility Conference in San Fransisco. Cowboy will also expand its activities further in Europe, to Sweden and Denmark, for instance. Corona has given the fast-growing market for electric bicycles a […]

SD Worx: ‘One-third fewer cycling commuters in 2021’

September 22, 2021

This year, the number of commuters with a bicycle compensation decreased from 22% to 14% compared to last year (2020) and pre-corona (2019). The decline is most striking among employees who often were forced to work from home. The number of workers increased slightly. The figures were revealed by the largest, Belgian, human resources service […]

Wallonia: five cycling highways to join Brussels and Flanders

September 21, 2021

With cycling growing in popularity, pushed by the revolution of electric bikes, the Walloon government is preparing five major bicycle highways. The aim is to join those already existing in Flanders and Brussels to give quick and safe access to the capital. Wallonia wishes to push for cycling as a mode of transport and increase […]

ALD: ‘More and more Dutch 45+ professionals commute by bike’

September 14, 2021

For the second time in a row, leasing company ALD Automotive organized a survey to analyze bicycle use among Dutch professionals. The conclusion is clear and encouraging: more and more Dutch commuters go to work by bike. Apparently, the corona crisis has accelerated the process. In 2020, 46% of Dutch working people used the bike […]

Only 4% of Belgian employees have a mobility budget

September 09, 2021

Only 4% of Belgian employees currently receive a mobility budget from their employer. These are the results of a survey held by HR service provider Securex among more than 1 500 employees in May. A quarter of the employees who have a company car say they are ready to exchange it for a mobility budget, […]

Motorbike or bicycle? BMW reinvents two-wheeler with Amby

September 08, 2021

At the IAA in Münich, BMW doesn’t fail to meet the middle name ‘Mobility’ that the show carries. The German car brand and its motorbike department Motorrad both showed their take on the future for two-wheelers. And that’s apart from the Concept CE2 that toes the line between a scooter and a motorbike. So yes, […]

Cargo-bikes in Brussels get incentive of 4 000 euros

September 08, 2021

The chances are that cargo bikes will become a much more common sight in Brussels and its surroundings. This is because the region of Brussels has launched the Cairgo Bike fee. Companies that chose a cargo bike, or a bike trailer, can benefit from a fee of several thousands of euros. For cargo bikes, the […]

Free-floating operators diversify into retail and long-term renting

September 06, 2021

Hit by the pandemic and still searching for a profitable business model, free-floating services seek other revenue sources. American Bird is spreading its wings by selling some of its products in addition to renting them. French Zoov-Smoove is also diversifying by a new long-term bicycle renting solution at 69 euro per month. While they weren’t […]

Bike-by-wire is here: pedaling without chain

September 01, 2021

At Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, which is opening doors today, Schaeffler will be presenting a new ‘bike-by-wire’ system called Free Drive. It’s an innovative drive system for e-bikes that dispenses with the usual chain or belt. There’s no mechanical connection between the generator and motor anymore. The new technology offers less wear, has compact dimensions, and […]

Porsche goes into two-wheelers with new brand Cyklaer

August 27, 2021

Porsche Digital is expanding its product portfolio together with bicycle manufacturer Storck. In addition, both will address new digital business models in urban mobility with their joint brand Cyklær. In addition, Porsche’s digital subsidiary is developing an e-bike together with Storck and with the help of component manufacturers Greyp and Fazua. The first Cyklaer The […]

Louvain police use ‘lure bikes’ to catch thieves

August 26, 2021

Bicycle theft is a pest in many cities, and thieves are more and more after expensive electric bikes. Now, the police in Louvain have decided to use ‘lure bikes’ to catch the thieves red-handed. This kind of theft has always been a priority of the Louvain police, and in 2020, they caught 127 thieves. Now, […]

New bicycle-highway bridges inaugurated in Limburg

August 25, 2021

The new bridges spanning the Europalaan between Dilsen-Stokkem and Opoeteren, and the Vaartstraat in Rotem were inaugurated on Tuesday. The new bridge, also serving as a wildlife crossing or ‘eco-duct’, is 60 meters long and hovers nine meters high above the valley between both municipalities. Construction works on the new bridges for the F751 bicycle […]

Lease bikes gain popularity too

August 18, 2021

Bicycles are gaining in popularity, and by now, almost half of all new bicycles sold are electrically assisted. Moreover, since e-bikes are increasingly used for commuting, it is fiscally interesting for many users to lease the bicycle instead of buying it privately. In 2020, almost 600 000 new bicycles were sold in Belgium, increasing by […]

Bovag: ‘Dutch cycle less but cover more recreational kilometers’

August 11, 2021

In 2020, Dutch citizens covered an average of 254 km for recreational purposes or more than 30% more than in 2019 (195 km). That is what Bovag, the Dutch union of car dealers and garage owners, noticed after analyzing figures from CBS (the Central Bureau of Statistics). However, the total use of the bicycle decreased […]

Flanders: highest number of traffic deaths since 2016

August 09, 2021

In the first six months of this year, 109 people died in traffic accidents in Flanders. That is almost a quarter more than in the same period of 2020 (88 deaths). Moreover, this is the highest traffic toll since 2016. The corona crisis obviously makes this period very exceptional. Still, in general, in the other […]

Brekr kick-starts Dutch electric moped tradition

August 02, 2021

Dutch start-up Brekr, the specialist in electric mopeds, has just received a capital injection from Bloomit Ventures that will allow the young moped manufacturer to tap into numerous European markets quickly. Brekr launched its first moped, the Model B, on the Dutch market last year, but the moped is now also available in Germany and […]

BMW launches CE 04 electric scooter

July 07, 2021

BMW Group today launches the CE 04 electric scooter,  its idea of a “silent revolution in electrically powered urban two-wheel mobility”. “The BMW CE 04 is our new electric star for the city. It combines an e-drive with emotion and motorcycling fun,” explains Oliver Zipse, CEO of BMW AG. “The latest technology, and the best […]

Donkey Republic e-bicycle-sharing expands to Antwerp

June 30, 2021

Donkey Republic’s e-bicycle-sharing platform will be rolled out in the Antwerp municipalities in a broad region around the Oosterweel connection. By using the 1 650 electric bikes provided by the Danish, commuters can also cover larger distances. The Donkey Republic is a Danish company that already has a sharing platform for bicycles and electric bikes […]

Brussels: Bicycle use continues to increase and diversify

June 24, 2021

While the average number of cyclists in Brussels increase by 64% in 2020, two-wheeled journeys varied widely with the health measures. That’s the conclusion of the observation of cycling trends in 2020 by the non-profit organization Pro Vélo at the request of the Brussels Capital Region. The figures of the cycling observatory by Pro Velo […]

Guides du Routard: ‘bicycle touring in France to explode this summer’

June 18, 2021

The pandemic and the growing interest in electric bicycles should lead to the growth of bike tourism – or bicycle touring – this summer in France. The lack of foreign tourists should be compensated by the French people’s need for fresh air. French tourism development agency Atout France has launched a campaign #JeRedécouvrelaFrance (#RediscoveringFrance) promoting […]

Port of Antwerp to invest €40 million in bicycle infrastructure

June 11, 2021

In the coming ten years, the port of Antwerp is planning to invest more than 40 million euros in bicycle infrastructure in and around the harbor. Mobility needs to improve and all companies in the neighborhood have to be easily accessible for cyclists. The bicycle has become increasingly important as a means of transport for […]

NMBS/SNCB presents ambitious bicycle strategy

June 09, 2021

More and more people want to travel by train and take their bicycles with them, especially during holidays and weekends. NMBS/SNCB, therefore, has decided to provide 600 additional bicycle spaces on trains to popular destinations like the seaside or The Ardennes, the Belgian railway company announced on Tuesday. NMBS/SNCB will introduce new M7 double-deck trains […]

Four exploded e-scooter batteries in only eight days in Brussels

June 07, 2021

The battery of an e-scooter that was charging exploded in a flat on the Leuvensesteenweg in Evere on Sunday morning. The e-scooter could be extinguished, but the resident of the flat suffered first-degree burns. According to the fire brigade, this is already the fourth incident with batteries in eight days. “Last Sunday, there was a […]

Brussels’ Villo! to launch e-bike booking service

June 02, 2021

Brussels’ shared bicycles Villo! is set to launch a new award system on its app to reward virtuous behaviors such as reporting breakdowns or taking bikes from full stations and bringing them to empty ones. These awarded points should allow users to book Villo! electric shared bicycles in advance. Operator JCDecaux has also recalled 4 […]

LiveWire is the new EV sub-brand of Harley-Davidson

May 12, 2021

Harley-Davidson is launching a sub-brand that will focus exclusively on electric motorbikes. For the manufacturer, it is an opportunity to clearly profile itself in a growing market that is completely different from its normal customer base. Harley-Davidson’s decision to reposition its electrically powered motorbikes in marketing is sensible, to say the least because Harley customers […]

Belgian Cowboy launches 4th generation connected e-bike

May 06, 2021

The Belgian start-up Cowboy has launched the fourth generation of its connected e-city bike of the same name. The bike is available in a classic version and, for the first time, in a version with a low frame (step-through). The company is banking heavily on this model to attract a much wider audience and increase […]

Antwerp on its way to a 50/50 modal shift

April 30, 2021

The city of Antwerp has put much effort into realizing the modal shift from fewer cars to more alternative transport means. According to the most recent mobility statistics, in 2010, 51% of Antwerp citizens still used their car to go to work. In 2019, it was 41%, and last year – due to the corona […]

New Belgian Trevor Motorcycles to launch electric dirt bike

April 26, 2021

Belgium has a new motorcycle brand with Antwerp start-up Trevor Motorcycles. It is launching a fully electric ‘clean’ dirt bike, capable of conquering the roughest terrain and dirt roads in complete silence. No doubt a relief for those annoyed by the screaming noise the classic dirt bike generally makes. The Trevor DTRe STELLA will retail […]

Limburg bicycle highway F74 course finally defined

April 22, 2021

Flemish authorities and the province of Limburg have traced out the course of the future bicycle highway (F74) between Hasselt and Sint-Truiden. Construction works will start in 2024 at the earliest, and some of the more complex – with bridges and tunnels – will take up to 15 years to be ready. Cycling has become […]

Shared Blue-bikes get smart locks

April 22, 2021

Blue-bike, the shared blue bikes platform, and Flemish technology company, Sentinel, are joining forces. Together, they’re going to equip the eye-catching bikes with smart locks. The innovation will make it easier for users to unlock a bicycle, and offer more flexibility for the installation. Sentinel first tried out the technology on its own shared Mobit […]

Antwerp marks ‘drop zones’ for e-steps

April 20, 2021

The city of Antwerp has started marking ‘drop zones’ where users of shared e-steps can leave their vehicles after use. It is not compulsory, but the city does strongly recommend the drop zones. The aim is to have a street scene that is a bit neater than it is now, with many e-steps lying around. […]

Teebike turns any bicycle into an e-bike

April 14, 2021

The French start-up Teebike provides an ingenious system for replacing the front wheel of almost any conventional bicycle with a front wheel with an integrated electric motor that transforms the bicycle into an e-bike in no time. The idea fits in with a circular economy because, in this way, far fewer bicycles would end up […]

VAB: ‘bicycle’s popularity keeps on growing by 77%’

April 14, 2021

The corona pandemic boosted the popularity of the bicycle, and also, during the first months of 2021, bicycle use increased (+77% in March). That is the conclusion of the mobility organization VAB, based on the intervention data for bike breakdowns. The number of interventions for recreational bicycle traffic increased by 114%. According to VAB, the […]

Record-breaking Belgian registrations of speed pedelecs

April 09, 2021

The registrations of speed pedelecs (1 257 units) in March 2021 were record-breaking: +57,5% more than in March last year. Even compared to the year before – in pre-corona times – the figures for this category of bikes are spectacular: +28,8%. Mobility federation Traxio published these figures in today’s press release. Remarkable is that figures […]

Flanders: ‘Grote Versnelling’ wants to gear up bicycle policy

April 09, 2021

On Thursday, April 8th, Flanders has officially kicked off ‘De Grote Versnelling‘ (High Gear). The Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), has joined forces with the Flemish provinces, cities, and municipalities. Together they will gear up the bicycle policy in the Dutch-speaking part of the country by making deals between authorities, companies, associations, […]

Traxio: second-hand car sales on the rise in March

April 09, 2021

Car sector federation Traxio has noted a serious increase in second-hand cars’ sales and speed pedelecs in March. To be more realistic about the progress, it compares with the pandemic year 2020 and the record year 2019. “We can’t let ourselves be impressed too much by comparisons with March 2020, when dealers were partly closed, […]

New cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant

March 31, 2021

The new cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant has been officially presented. That happened on Tuesday in Halle, where one of the two new cycle routes accessible to people with reduced mobility is situated. The result on this new map “is a cycling network with 150 kilometers of additional paths, 80 kilometers improved, […]

New bicycle highway to Brussels Airport inaugurated

March 30, 2021

The new, long-expected bicycle connection to Brussels Airport was officially inaugurated on Monday. The almost two-kilometer-long bicycle highway connects the existing F3 bicycle path between Louvain and Brussels with the airport in Zaventem. Brussels Airport already announced in December 2017 to be willing to invest in an extra exit, a branch on the existing F3 […]

Brussels’ Master Plan for 10 000 bicycle parking spaces detailed

March 24, 2021

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 […]

Flanders launches courtesy campaign for cyclist’s safety

March 23, 2021

The Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), just launched a courtesy campaign to improve drivers and cyclists’ traffic safety. More than 5 000 special road signs will be posted on strategic locations in the whole of Flanders. The signs will call on drivers and cyclists to pay more attention and show more respect […]

Motorbike manufacturers to build universal, swappable batteries

March 22, 2021

Four major motorbike manufacturers have teamed up to develop swappable universal batteries for use in light motorbikes and scooters. These four pioneers are Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piaggio. This cooperation goes a lot further than what we have seen in the automotive sector so far. These are compact batteries that are also interchangeable and can […]

Segway launches affordable e-scooters and e-moped

March 18, 2021

Segway, the producer of electric mobility solutions, launches three e-scooters and a moped. According to the company, they are affordable yet foreseen with the newest connectivity technologies. Notable features are a color LED-screen and the fact that one can easily operate them by smartphone. Segway now offers eBrommers (mopeds) and eScooters, and the starting price […]

Swapfiets broadens scope to Barcelona, Vienna, and French cities

March 18, 2021

Swapfiets, the bicycle subscription formula with the blue front wheel, recently announced further expansion in several European cities. The company just opened Swapfiets stores in Barcelona (Spain), and later this year, also Vienna (Austria), and the French cities of Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, and Toulouse will follow. Marc de Vries, CEO of Swapfiets, has the ambition […]

New markets and a surprising bin bike arise for Polestar

March 12, 2021

Building up a new car brand from scratch usually is a path full of hurdles. Polestar is no exception to the rule. But the company tries to compensate for setbacks by expanding business and collaboration possibilities. At the same time, Polestar unveiled a three-wheeled ‘sled’ built for zero-emission last-mile delivery in urban areas. A visionary […]

Vias: ‘Number of e-bike users doubled in five years’

March 05, 2021

The car remains the most popular means of transport in Belgium, but the number of e-bike users has doubled in five years. Last year, one in five Belgians rode an electric bicycle. The figures come from the ninth edition of the annual traffic unsafety survey Traffic Institute Vias publishes. Vias also expects the popularity of […]

Antwerp to promote e-bikes and scooters for commuting

March 04, 2021

Smart Ways to Antwerp, Antwerp’s city’s mobility platform, launched a new trial offer on Wednesday for companies that focus on commuting using e-bikes and scooters over longer distances. Employees of participating companies will now be able to try out speed pedelecs and e-scooters for their commuting to work. Smart Ways to Antwerp has been offering […]

France and e-bikes: a blossoming love affair

March 03, 2021

In 2020, cycling grew by 27% in France, and, despite the pandemic, the market increased from € 2,3 billion to € 2,7 billion. This increasing popularity was led by electrically assisted bicycles or e-bikes. Shared bicycle operators observe the same tendency as mechanical bikes in free-floating have nearly disappeared due to their narrow margins of […]

Belgians drove 4 000 km less in 2020

February 26, 2021

Belgians drove on average 4 264 km less by car in the past year or a decrease of almost 25%. This is according to figures from Car Pass, the non-profit organization that monitors car mileage. The lockdown, the travel ban, and teleworking had a significant impact on car mobility. It is also striking that the […]

Car keeps throne as most popular means of commuting

February 22, 2021

According to a survey by HR services company Acerta, employees still prefer company cars for their daily commute. Alongside, more and more people are discovering the advantages of cycling, which made a significant leap forward. Public transport loses ground and has seen a slight decline compared to the year before. Eight in ten of our […]

22% fewer traffic fatalities on Belgian roads

February 19, 2021

The number of traffic fatalities on Belgian roads fell by 22% last year, with 484 deaths, or 134 fewer than in 2019 (618). This is what Vias Institute’s Road Safety Barometer 2020 reveals. The number of injured people fell by 23%, from 46 785 to 36 266 in 2020. There were also a fifth fewer […]

Dutch will buy 1,2 million e-bikes in 2021

February 01, 2021

Almost one out of ten Dutch adults expects to buy an e-bike within a year. That would mean that 1,2 million e-bikes will be sold in 2021 in the Netherlands, reports research agency Multiscope. According to the study conducted among thousands of Dutch people aged 18 and over, people mainly want to buy an e-bike […]

Brussels cycle network may be extended by three routes

January 26, 2021

Beliris, the public construction expert for Brussels, is conducting a feasibility study to extend the Brussels cycling network by three bicycle routes. The studies are for the Dilbeek-Brussels, Leuven-Brussels, and Anderlecht-Brussels-North routes. The potential routes are part of the Bicycle GEN, a regional express network that allows cyclists and other active road users to move […]

Acerta: ‘three out of ten employees want leased bike’

January 14, 2021

According to a survey by HR service provider Acerta, three out of ten Belgian employees (28%) want to lease a bicycle via their employer. Acerta questioned more than 2 000 working Belgians. About one-fifth of the employees already receive cycling compensation to cover part of the leasing costs. Now that company cars will be taxed […]

Almost 10 000 e-steps, scooters, and shared bikes in Brussels

January 07, 2021

The corona pandemic has led to fewer journeys in Brussels. As a result, there has been a stop in the boom in the number of shared mobility operators that the city experienced two years ago. Several operators, such as Hive, Wind, or Tier, withdrew from the market. Yet the Brussels’ micro-mobility sector continues to do […]

Sales of speed pedelecs dropped by 6% in 2020

January 07, 2021

The bicycle became popular among Belgians in corona times, but sales figures of speed pedelecs dropped. According to figures from sector federation Traxio, last year, 12 589 speed pedelecs were registered, or 6% less than the year before. Speed pedelecs are most popular in Flanders (12 039 units, or 96%); Brussels only registered 262 of […]

Antwerp start-up develops safe ‘locker-‘n-charger’ e-bike shed

December 31, 2020

No place to recharge the battery, having to carry a helmet and saddlebag to a meeting or a bicycle shed that is anything but provided for your bicycle. The more than 700 000 e-bike and 33 000 speed pedelecs users in Belgium are familiar with the problem. The Antwerp start-up Streetwaves solves it now with […]

Valeo shows innovating e-bike motor with automatic gears

December 16, 2020

French automotive supplier Valeo launches a center motor for electric bicycles. The drive is revolutionary because an automatic gearbox is provided in the drive on the pedal shaft. Pedelecs usually have a classic shifting device on the rear wheel. Valeo is mainly known as a supplier in the automotive sector, but now that the Covid-19 […]