A fast cycling route to encourage more people to cycle
The fast cycling route between Sittard and Maastricht is a collaborative project between the Province of Limburg, Zuid Limburg Bereikbaar, and municipalities along the route such as Beek, Meerssen, Maastricht, and Sittard-Geleen. Slip roads, junctions, and traffic lights ensure that there are stopping points along the route. The layout of the route ensures the smoothest, hindrance-free ride for cyclists. For this reason, the fast cycling route is quicker and more convenient while also making important contributions to:
improving the region's cycling infrastructure
encouraging bicycle and e-bike use
offering an excellent alternative to travelling by car.
If more people use their cars less often for their work commute, traffic would decrease, as would CO2 emissions. This would improve both how accessible Maastricht is, as well as the quality of life of Maastricht's residents. More exercise also has a positive effect on people's health. The fast cycling route will be constructed in phases.
Phase 1a: Beek – Meerssen
At the start of 2018, the implementation of phase 1 was commenced by the construction company Dura Vermeer. This phase has been completed.
The existing cycling route in Beek and Meerssen on the east side of the A2 has been improved. Cyclists and e-cyclists can now travel from A to B more quickly, comfortably, and safely.
The old cycle lanes have been renewed and widened. Safer crossings, such as those at Maastrichterlaan in Beek, have also been constructed.
At Europalaan (near the industrial estate next to Maastricht Airport), cyclists can now cross the road without having to stop at traffic lights thanks to a new cycle bridge.
In Meerssen, cyclists are granted right of way at the following roundabouts: Bunderstraat, Hoolhoes, Maastrichterweg – Sint Josephstraat. The Vliegveldweg – Nieuwe Vliekerweg junction has also been adapted.
The Vliegveldweg road is now designated as a cycle street, where bicycles have right of way, with wider cycling lanes.
The fast cycling route between Meerssen and Maastricht runs from Vliegveldweg in Meerssen via Maastrichterweg, Kruisdonk, Marienwaard, Meerssenerweg, and Viaductweg to Maastricht. This part of the route is expected to be completed in 2020.
It is not yet clear where the route will run between Sittard-Geleen and Beek. In the future, this phase of the fast cycling route will be explored further. This will include assessing the connection to the Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
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