Kortrijk creates Flanders' biggest cycling area in historic centre

The city of Kortrijk has turned 74 streets into cycling streets. This means that cyclists have the priority there. The West-Flemish city of Mayor Vincent Van Quickenborne (Flemish liberal) now boasts the biggest cycling zone in Flanders.

The streets in questions have been marked with a red road surface. Cars are still allowed in many places, but need to respect a maximum speed of 30 km/h and cannot overtake cyclists. The latter enjoy priority at all times, and are allowed to cycle alongside one another. 

The area where "cyclists are king" is situated within the R36, Kortrijk's ring road. The city already had a number of cycle routes; the busy north-south link welcomes up to 4,000 cyclists on a busy day. Local authorities hope that the new area will encourage more people to take the bicycle, and underlines that cycling conditions will become a lot safer.