The City of Mechelen has been investing in European cooperation since 2007, including several projects focusing on accessibility and smart mobility and logistics. Participation in CityChangerCargoBike was a logical choice as a follow-up to the Cyclelogistics Ahead project, where we experienced the potential of the use of cargo bikes and started supporting loads of initiatives. As a medium-sized town right in the heart of Belgium it is a real attraction for tourists and other regional visitors with a historical core, consisting of many churches, historical buildings and works of art. Growth is staggering as it expected to have grown to 100.000 inhabitants by the year 2030. It’s therefore going through a huge phase of development, with several ambitious urban projects being carried out or on the way and car-free zones getting expanded. The new city council is committed to continue along this path by implementing new mobility plans focused on pedestrians and cyclists.

STAD MECHELEN is the National Focal Point for the Belgium of CityChangerCargoBike: