The high speed bike track forms the bicycle high road linking the city centers of Louvain and Brussels, and serving the airport, the railway stations alongside railway line 36 and several surrounding residential and working areas.
Because of its strong image value, its high visibility and its strong continuity, the future cycling infrastructure aims to promote bicycle use and, inherently, the quality of life in the province of Flemish Brabant. As such, the bicycle bridge across the Ring RO has an important role to play, not only by promoting sustainable bicycle trips, but also by presenting the province and its partners as innovating authorities.
This robust cycling infrastructure will follow as much as possible the existing railroad. The track will be as flat as possible for maximum cycling comfort. The slopes of the railroad will be followed wherever possible. The cycling infrastructure is designed as a ribbon along the railroad, ensuring as such the cycling comfort. By keeping the bicycle track at ‘high level’, the visibility and the directness of the infrastructure will be increased. The track will be realized as a straight line, without any deviations, curves or kinks.
The high speed bike track between the Keibergstraat and the railway station of Diegem will be designed as a self-explanatory, safe and recognizable bicycle high road. The main goal of the high speed bike track is not the construction of the track itself, but getting people on a bike. Within this perspective, it is essential to guarantee the cycling comfort, attract bicycle traffic and promote sustainable traffic movements. The high speed bike track will be entirely integrated into the infrastructural and landscape design which will take into account the specific features of the environment. The actual bike track cannot be seen as ‘stand-alone’ but must be regarded as a part of the bridge infrastructure and other infrastructural elements.
The memorandum and the project note have been approved in March 2014. The realization has been planned for 2016 and 2017.