Secure bicycle parking: projects and a subsidy from Wallonia
The University of Liège is well aware that high-quality parking facilities are essential to encourage the use of bicycles (and other micro-mobility devices) on and around its campuses, and will soon be providing its community with secure parking facilities. These new facilities will complement the 600 spaces already available on the Arlon, Gembloux and Liège sites.
First phase in spring
Begun this summer, construction work on 8 secure bicycle parking facilities on the Sart Tilman campus is nearing completion, with the first phase scheduled for spring.
The 1 M€ project, financed by ULiège's own funds, includes 3 wire-mesh areas (one in parking lot B and two in P17 under the Place des Orateurs, near B31 and B32) and 5 shelters near B2, B5, B26, B45 and B52.
These facilities will be accessible via a badge reader and will be equipped with racks for two-point bicycle attachment, lighting, cameras and recharging points for people using electrically-assisted bicycles.
A call for projects to change gear
As part of its mobility policy, ULiège has set itself a series of objectives, including increasing the number of secure bicycle parking spaces. However, as the budgets to be mobilized are substantial, the development of this offer has been spread over several years.
Thanks to the support of Wallonia, some projects will be able to be carried out ahead of schedule. Last September, the Service Public de Wallonie launched its first call for projects aimed at hospitals, colleges and universities for the purchase of bicycle racks, bike boxes and self-repair stations. Installation and ancillary costs are the responsibility of the university.
Applications have been submitted for the Arlon, Gembloux, Van Beneden/Pitteurs, Constitution (in collaboration with ESA) and Sart Tilman sites. In all, a subsidy of €112,000 was obtained for the purchase of 9 cargo bike racks, 33 bike racks (196pl.), 10 bike boxes (50pl.) and 11 self-repair stations. Installation is scheduled for the summer.
ULiège is committed to a policy of transition, and intends to take very concrete action by offering, on its own scale, an infrastructure enabling members of the university community (who are in a position to do so) to give priority to active modes of transport for their journeys to and around the campus.
More and more of you are opting for carpooling, public transport, walking or cycling! The University encourages and supports you in this approach.