Brussels relies on cargo bikes to improve air quality

Within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund, the Urban Innovative Actions programme offers urban areas the opportunity to test innovative solutions to urban challenges. The Cairgo Bike project, piloted by Brussels Mobility aims to improve air quality by encouraging the use of cargo bikes for transporting goods and people, for professional or private use.

The air quality problems in Brussels are mainly linked to road traffic. Many people keep and use a car or van because they have to transport their children, groceries, goods, tools etc., and a simple bicycle does not always allow it. The cargo bike is therefore a perfect solution for these needs, while eliminating emissions, noise and limiting urban congestion.

The Cairgo Bike project is the result of a collaboration between several Brussels private, public, associative and academic partners. Coordination is in the hands of Brussels Mobility, with the support of Brussels Environment and the MOBI research group of the VUB.

Each partner contributes on the basis of its own expertise. For example, Pro Velo and Urbike will lend cargo bikes, organize group purchases, promotion and training for potential users. Cambio will put into service shared cargo bikes in addition to its fleet and Remorquable will provide a bicycle trailer loan service. BePark and will both provide parking spaces for on-street and off-street cargo bikes.

Brussels Environment will measure the impact on exposure to atmospheric pollution and the VUB will evaluate the results obtained. To promote the use of cargo bikes for professional use, Brussels Economy and Employment will also develop a system of bonuses.

The implementation of the project will take three years and will cost 5,860,000 euros. Of this amount, 80% will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions programme.