Heusden-Zolder is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg in the region of Flanders. Every year, it hosts rounds of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and of the UCI BMX World Cup. In 2019, Heusden-Zolder will also host the UCI BMX World Championships.
Their cycling policy is focused on three main areas:
- Sport: the city is a strong partner in all community sports events, in addition to supporting important investments in cycling infrastructure and initiatives to promote bike safety;
- Tourism: cycling facilities for tourists are continuously being improved, including the implementation of new digital maps, more attractive routes and creating stronger links between sport events and tourism;
- Cycling as a daily activity: focusing on infrastructure improvements to promote cycling and teach citizens to bike safely.
The city recently completed three different projects to improve bike lanes and bicycle junctions, while upcoming projects include new protected bike lanes, a levelled bicycle highway, a UCI-standard velodrome at Circuit Zolder, and more charging stations for e-bikes located next to local cycling routes and cycling cafes.
When it comes to children, programmes include bike lessons and exams organised in schools in cooperation with the local police force, mechanical training and secondary school initiatives.
Many mass participation events for road, mountain bike and BMX are hosted in the city. These include the “24 Hours of Cycling”. In addition, the “Avondfietsen” on the Circuit Zolder, gives people the opportunity to ride on a closed track three times a week, 50 weeks a year.
|Population (1 January 2016)||33,011|
| Bicycle Modal Share/Trips by bike - Flanders