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First cycling streets in Luxembourg unveiled

First cycling streets in Luxembourg unveiled

They started operating on Friday in the capital of the Grand Duchy

On Friday 26 March, the Mayor of Luxembourg City Mrs Lydie Polfer unveiled the first cycling streets on the territory of the city and the country. The pilot project is a first in the Grand Duchy and turns the capital city into a national pioneer when it comes to promoting soft mobility, as the municipality explains.

Luxembourg makes cycling safer in urban areas

For the inauguration, the mayor was joined by the alderman for mobility, Patrick Goldschmidt, who said that “The cycling streets are part of the city's cycling concept. The objectives of the pilot project are multiple. On one hand, it is about optimizing routes heavily frequented by cyclists by offering them more comfort on certain streets, and therefore strengthening the cycling network.

On the other hand, the establishment of cycling streets allows a better distribution of street space between cyclists and motorized traffic and helps to make cycling traffic safer in urban areas."

According to the Traffic regulations, on these cycling streets:

  • cyclists have priority over motorized traffic - overtaking is not allowed and motorists are obliged to stop if necessary;
  • cyclists can use the full width of the traffic lane;
  • the maximum authorized speed is 30 km/h.

The three streets selected for the pilot are Rue de Bragance, a section of rue Laurent Menager and rue de Pulvermühl. These are all strategic locations, which make it possible to connect the main axes of cycling circulation in the city. Specific signs and markings on the ground indicate the start and end of each "cycle street" zone.

After a test phase running from the end of March to the end of September 2021, the City of Luxembourg will evaluate the pilot project and will decide on a possible extension of the project to other streets of the capital.

Furthermore, in the coming weeks, a new “cycling routes” map published by the City of Luxembourg will be available online on velo.vdl.lu, at City Hall and in other locations in the city. This map will show the cycling network of approximately 165 km (lanes, cycling streets, motorized mixed traffic, cycling contraflow, national network cycle routes, planned cycle routes, etc.) as well as bicycle infrastructure, such as bicycle parking spaces and shelters, vel'OH! stations (the system of shared bicycles) or even air pump stations.

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