A cross-border cycle path connecting Belval

Audun-le-Tiche needs to be linked to a safe route for cyclists this summer. Led by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Alzette Belval, the project aims to promote soft mobility for cross-border workers.

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Thomas Berthold

Audun-le-Tiche needs to be linked to a safe route for cyclists this summer. Led by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Alzette Belval, the project aims to promote soft mobility for cross-border workers.

A solution to “relieve the traffic jams in French municipalities a little”. This is the aim of the bicycle connection between the Micheville site near Audun-le-Tiche and Belval, according to Mathieu Commard, project manager for cross-border mobility at the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Alzette Belval.


Local, mobility, car, train, tram, bus, public transport Photo: Gerry Huberty/Luxemburger Wort

While the Grand Duchy should have 40% more inhabitants and jobs by 2035, the Ministry of Mobility wants to avoid a total overload of the transport infrastructure by then.


“It will be a safe and peaceful route best suited to cross-border commuters. The aim is to encourage them to cycle to work,” explains Mathieu Commard. A route that also allows students from the Micheville neighborhood to cycle to Belval University because it is “too dangerous” at the moment. Public lighting will also be provided throughout the course for user safety. This project will be part of the development of an eco-district, a cultural center and a mobility center on the site of the former French steel mill.

The project will be carried out in autumn 2022

Work on this 4.2 kilometer link began on Tuesday 19 April. “The project was submitted in 2019, but we had a one-year delay due to the health crisis,” says the project leader. The first phase of construction, with the conversion of the service road into a green path, should be completed this summer. “We will then have to wait until autumn 2022 for all urban developments in Russange and Micheville such as signage, passages in Zone 30 or even ground markings to be completed,” explains Mathieu Commard.


The map of the cross-border bike link connecting the Micheville site to Belval.

The map of the cross-border bike link connecting the Micheville site to Belval.

Photo: EGTZ

The costs of the project amount to 1.7 million euros, of which 734,000 euros are funded by the European program Interreg. The rest is financed by the project managers, represented by the public development agency Alzette Belval for the French side and by the Luxembourg municipalities: Mondercange, Sanem and Schifflange. “Cycle paths will be created in these three municipalities and in Schifflange a cycle section will be established between the train station and the business park ‘Op Herbett’.” The municipality of Schifflange will make the largest financial contribution, paying an amount of 595,000 euros, of which 376,000 euros reimbursed by European grants.

The budget of 1.7 million euros includes the construction of cycle paths, but also the installation of facilities such as benches, information boards or even bicycle shelters. Once the work is complete, Mathieu Commard hopes to have around sixty users a day on this cross-border route, to speak of a “good performance”.

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