Belgium’s longest bicycle bridge is being installed
Construction on the longest bicycle bridge in Belgium is well underway in an attempt to make Brussels more accessible to two-wheeled transportation.
Seven metres wide, with two metres of cycling path in each direction and another two for those who go the distance on foot: we don’t know about you, but that sounds like a treat, and we can’t wait to get on it ourselves!
We’ll have to be patient for a little while longer, until spring of 2024, but workers have already installed the longest part of the 710-metre-long bridge connecting Machelen and Zaventem.
Just like there is an automobile ring around Belgium’s major cities, a cycling ring around Brussels – to be known as the FR0, short for Fietsring 0 – is in the works, and the bridge between Machelen and Zaventem is part of that ring.
Once people can ride over it, the bridge will be a godsend for cycle commuters from out of town, but it’s only a fraction of the efforts to make Belgium just that tiny bit more of a bicycle-friendly country. In fact, an ambitious project will see the nearby Brussels Airport connected with the city centre via the future cycling route F201.
Where in Belgium would you like to see a 700-metre cycle bridge? We’re curious!