Bruges city centre

Bruges wants to take its cycling network to the next level by tackling its weak links located near the historical city centre

About Bruges

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Bruges is the third biggest city in the Flanders region of Belgium and located near the sea. Its main economic activities are linked to its harbour and tourism. With a 42% modal split, bicycles are the second most-used means of transport for commuting to work or school. Bruges aspires to remain as one of Belgium's leading cycling cities and to become an example for other local authorities to follow.

Main cycling challenges

Challenges lie in infrastructure, road safety and street infrastructure. Bruge's ciy centre is UNESCO protected, which leads to hurdles related to urban development and upgrading mobility infrastructure. Cycling in parts of the historic centre can be uncomfortable due to extensive cobblestone paving, whilst there are weak links in the bike network and connections to the suburbs.


Population icon
118,534 Population
Amount of cyclists icon
400/hr Amount of cyclists
(on busiest route)
Car ownership rate icon
880 Car ownership rate
(cars per 1000 residents)
City area<
138 km² City area
Length of cycle network icon
300 km Length of cycle network


Cycling solutions

Bruges is focusing on the interplay of its cycling network with other infrastructure, such as its major roads and railway station.

Mentor: Amsterdam



Mr Bart Slabbinck

Huis van de Bruggeling
Frank Van Ackerpromenade 2
b-8000 Brugge

mobi [at]

+32 50 44 80 00

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This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

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