October 4, 2023

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The Corona cycle track on Keizer Karellaan will be gone this weekend

The Corona cycle track on Keizer Karellaan will be gone this weekend

A cycle track built during the corona period on Keizer Karellaan in Ganshoren is currently being removed. Ganshoren Mayor Jean-Paul van Laythem (@ProGanshoren) announced this on Friday via social media. It is the only “corona cycle path” in the region that has not become final.

Since 2020, a cycle path is available in the Keizer Karellaan in the section between the Beeckmansstraat and the Panthéonlaan. According to van Laethem, this was of little use in 2023 because it is rarely used. A study by the research agency Stratic, commissioned by Brussels Mobility, confirms this.

“After months of waiting, I am happy to tell you that the removal of the bike path section is underway and will be completed before this weekend!” Van Laethem wrote on the municipality’s social media channels on Friday.

The municipality is asking for the bike lane to be removed for two years. Since it is a temporary test case, the course track did not have a permit. For this reason, in consultation with the province, it was decided to remove it.

“Keizer Karellaan is a ‘Car Plus route’, that is, it is a major focus for cars in the Good Move regional mobility plan,” confirms Van Laethem. a result “.

Cycle path in both directions

Mobility Minister Elke van den Brandt (Green) regrets the disappearance of the bike lane. “Almost all of the temporary 40-kilometre halo cycle routes have become permanent circuit routes. Only on Keizer Karelian did that work,” said their spokesperson. “But the good news is that the final touches are currently being made to redevelop the route. According to the plans, there will be a bike path in both directions, separated by trees. This business for the next legislature.”

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Public consultations on the renewal are currently underway. But in the meantime there is no bike path on the road.

Mayor Van Lethem says: “What we agree on is that the road should be more attractive. This is not an ideological issue, but a rational one. There must be respect for all road users. And every user should be given their place: two lanes for cars and separate cycle lanes in Both ways.”

Van Laethem advises cyclists to follow parallel roads while waiting.

The Brussels Mobility Organization confirms this advice. “Cyclists can ride through Maria van Hungary, but it doesn’t go along Kaiser Karelian,” says spokeswoman Inge Beymen. “There is no bike path on part of the parallel road and there is also a lot of cycled traffic.”

Brussels Mobility hopes that the municipality will soon take action to reduce this traffic.