Cargo bikes strike in popularity in Mechelen
Over the course of the last few years, the city of Mechelen has seen a rise in cargo bike popularity. There are many reasons for this, but one of the big factors is that since 2012, the main shopping streets in the city centre have become car-free. Over the years, this car-free zone increasingly expanded. This combined with the fact that the whole city centre became a bike zone in 2019 and that the bike infrastructure has been - and still is - undergoing big improvements, and there you have it - the perfect recipe for more cycling in the city!
But that’s not all: local entrepreneurs are also discovering the use and ease of cargo bikes. We can see this in the subvention scheme, three years in a row, entrepreneurs could apply for a subvention of their cargo bike to use it for their business. Now, for the 4th year in a row, due to the high demand, we have extended the subvention scheme with more applications than any other year. Due to COVID-19, entrepreneurs have had to be very flexible and lots of them made a shift towards more local operations. And for this, of course, the cargo bike is the perfect medium.