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Cycling in Brussels up 44% on first day of school year
The start of the new academic year saw a 44% surge in the number of people cycling to school or work, new stats from Brussels Environment reveal.
On 1 September, some 9,576 cyclists were recorded at seven counting points along some of the busiest cycling routes in the capital - that's up by almost 3,000 compared to the same day last year.
Two of the most popular routes were streets that have recently benefited from new cycle paths.
Boulevard Général Jacques in Etterbeek saw a 51% increase in cycle traffic, with 2,203 bikes recorded in a single day. Rue de la Loi had 2,297 cyclists, an increase of 455 compared with this time last year.
The number of bikes using Boulevard du Souverain in Auderghem almost trebled, from 421 to 1,123.