Mobility minister François Bausch (déi Gréng) was present at both events, his ministry confirmed in two separate statements.
The cycling lane--which replaces a car lane and parking lane--connects the John F. Kennedy avenue to the Konrad Adenauer boulevard. The aim is “to put cyclists and pedestrians on the same footing as motorists,” said Bausch. “They should feel safe in traffic and enjoy using soft mobility. Cycling should not be reserved for the most daring, but should be an alternative available to everyone, young and old.”
The lane is also part of a project by the Fonds Kirchberg, which wants to “vitalise the neighbourhood, activate the ground floors and above all make the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians,” according to the mobility ministry.
The inauguration took place on the same day as the launch of the national “cycling summer”. Running until 28 August, the initiative organised by the mobility ministry set up 11 sightseeing cycling tours around the country.
The event which attracted over 20,000 participants last year is a collaboration between the ministry and 56 communes.
“It's really a unique combination: on the one hand the opportunity to practice a convivial and sporty activity in the open air, and on the other hand, the possibility to (re-)discover our country and to be enchanted by its most beautiful corners,” tourism minister Lex Delles (DP) commented on the start of the event.