Brussels is the capital and largest city in Belgium with more than one million inhabitants. It is a car dominated city which complicates the creation of a real cycling culture - among pupils and students.
Brussels have set ambitious targets of car use reduction by 20% in 2018 and the STARS project is in line with this. During the project, 15 secondary schools will take part to increase the number of cycling students by 2 percentage points, which amounts to a mean share of 5%. The students will not only raise the number of cyclists in their own school, but they will make a link with existing initiatives for promoting cycling in Brussels.
Number of primary schools: 500
Number of secondary schools: 138
Involved primary schools: 0
Involved secondary schools: 3
Km roads & streets: 1,810 km
Km bicycle paths & lanes: 181 km
Car ownership: 0.46
Children getting escorted by car: 46 %