Mechelen Mayor Alexander Vandersmissen (Flemish liberal) explains that the new area includes 179 connected streets, covering a total distance of 30 kilometres in the inner city. "Cyclists will set the pace here. Motorists are still welcome, but should stay behind the cyclists and can't overtake them."
Motorists are not against the idea. One lady said "my daughter cycles here often and I think this will make it safer for her." In a first phase, motorists flouting the rules will not get a fine yet, but an information brochure. The road is painted completely red where people enter the cycle zone.