Cycling points or ‘Fietspunten’ (Flemish Region. Belgium)

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

In 2007, 8 cycling points near the largest train stations in Flanders were launched. In 2008, this number was expanded to 13 points. All cycling points offer cycling services such as supervised cycling parking, bike rent and maintenance at mobility interchanges.In some cycling points bike wash and bike engravement services are offered as well. All points employ over 60 people and supervise over 20.000 bike sheds.

Background & Objectives

The concept and offer of ‘cycling points’ has grown (and is still growing) from the know-how and expertise of social-profit organisations that already offered cycling services in the past and a call by the Belgian National Railway Station in 2007 regarding the management of bike parkings. The cycling points were set up to increase trip chaining by bike.

Implementation

In 2007, 8 cycling points near the largest train stations in Flanders were launched offering cycling services such as supervised cycling parking, bike rent and maintenance at mobility interchanges. In 2008, this number was expanded to 13.So far, the cycling points are located at 8 of the largest Flemish railway stations
  • Antwerp Central railway station
  • Antwerp-Berchem railway station
  • Mechelen railway station
  • Leuven railway station
  • Brussels North railway station
  • Kortrijk railway station
  • Bruges railway station
  • Ghent Saint Peter's railway station
And near 5 smaller railway stations:
  • Aarschot railway station
  • Halle railway station
  • Londerzeel railway station
  • Hasselt railway station
  • Vilvoorde railway station
Cycling points near mobility interchanges offer multiple advantages:
  • employment for semi-or unskilled workers
  • increase of feelings of social safety because guarded bike parkings are offered
  • increase of trip chaining especially for bikes.

Conclusions

13 cycling points throughout the Flemish Region offer cycling services such as a supervised cycling parking, bike rent and maintenance at mobility interchanges.In some cycling points bike wash and bike engravement services are offered as well.In 2008, all cycling points employ over 60 people and supervise over 20.000 bike sheds.The Flemish Minister of Mobility has plans to introduce a quality label, so bike services located near mobility interchanges that meet certain standards can be labelled ‘Cycling point’.

More information

For more information, please visit the 'Fietspunten' website
Topic: 
Mobility management
Walking and cycling
Archive
Country: 
Belgium
City: 
Flanders Region
Contact: 
Greet Castermans
Author: 
Annemie Van Uytven
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26 May 2008
29 Aug 2014