Flanders (Belgium)

Host of numerous UCI events in the past, Flanders will welcome the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships and UCI Road World Championships in 2021.


The Flemish cycling policy plan was adopted in 2016, with the priorities focused on enhancing bicycle use - namely commuting and school traffic - and increasing road safety for cyclists. A new strategy for bicycle use will be implemented in the run-up to the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, allowing for a collaboration between all governments, knowledge institutes, social organizations and platforms, in order to strengthen the current cycling policy. Investments in cycling infrastructure should increase to 300 million euro a year by 2024, with more than 150 million euro invested in 2019. The network of cycling highways in Flanders includes 119 individual routes and a total of 2,650 km, while Flanders residents use their bike for 16% of their daily trips. The Flanders road safety plan has the ambitious goal of zero deadly victims by 2050.


Country                               Belgium

Government                       Flemish government

Area                                      13,625 km2  

Population                           6,623,505

Bicycle Modal Share/ Trips by bike    

Current                         16% of daily trips

Future target                Sustainable modal share of 40% (cycling, walking, public transport)              

Bicycle Network Length   2650 km