Security mark your bike Thursday 9 July

markBike security marking (gravure de vélo) is an important step for preventing bike theft.

Your national registration number is engraved on the frame of your bike enabling police to identify the owner in the event that the bike is stolen and recovered.

Come to the top of Maelbeek Park (Jardin de la Vallée du Maelbeek) next to the Charlemagne building this Thursday 9 July from 11.30 to 14.30 where EUCG and GRACQ volunteers will be happy to help you with the marking and answer any other cycling questions you might have.

All you need is your bike and your Belgian identity card. If you don’t have an identity card you will find your Belgian registration number on your certificat de residence and composition de ménage documents from your commune, or on your annual tax bill.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Thursday – there are regular security marking services. Check the ProVelo website for more details.

Get your colleagues cycling with confidence

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Cycling to work is good for you, good for your employer and good for the environment.

Though Brussels can be an intimidating place, help is at hand to boost your colleagues confidence in cycling to and from work.

At our recent AGM, the EUCG reaffirmed our commitment to seeing staff cycling safety training rolled out across all institutions.

If you agree, why not write to your director general or head of HR and training? We’ve prepared a standard message – just adapt it and email.

And let us know how you get on!

 

Brussels canals by bike

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Spring has sprung so once again our friends at Provelo are offering to take you on a free tour of the Brussels canal area. The quarter has benefited from lots of EU investment so the bike tours will take place on Schuman Day, Saturday 9 May.

The three-hour tour starts at 2pm at the Berlaymont esplanade, Rond Point Schuman, and the guide will bring you back to the Berlaymont around 5pm.

As always, the tour is free, Provelo’s guides speak in French, Dutch and English, and bikes are provided.

More information available here, here and here. You can also check out the Facebook page and give them a follow on Twitter.

EUCG Annual General Meeting 24 April 2015

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The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the EU Cyclists’ Group will take place on Friday 24 April, from 12.30-14.30, in the CCAB, rue Froissart 36.

We are pleased to annouce our special guest Friedrich-Nikolaus von Peter, member of the cabinet of Transport Commissioner Bulc. Come along and hear about the latest Commission plans for promoting cycling and other active transport.

Beware: bike thieves stalking the EU quartier

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The arrival of Spring seems to be accompanied by a spate of bike thefts in the Charlemagne/ Schuman/ Berlaymont area. It has long been  a notorious hot spot for such criminal activity.

Outside the Berlaymont today we noticed several thick wire locks which had been cut – obvious evidence of multiple thefts. These locks are very easy to cut through.

Have a look at our advice on avoiding getting your bike stolen. In particular we strongly advise using the inside car parks of institution buildings: even if it takes up a few more minutes, you will greatly reduce the risk of coming back to an empty bike stand.

As well as reporting to the police, please let us know if you are a victim of bike theft, particularly in the European quarter and outside institutional buildings. You can send us an email or write in the comments section of this blog. It will at least help build a better picture of the scale of the problem.

 

Happy Christmas from EUCG!

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It’s the season of hope and togetherness. So EUCG was delighted when, following our campaign alongside  GRACQ, Fiestersbond and the Association of Parents of Traffic Victims against speeding in Brussels, Studio Brussels and MNM announced that they would  no longer announce speed checks submitted by listeners. We will now have a discussion with the police whether they can change the way they announce speed controls and raise awareness about the dangers of speeding in a different way.

In the new year we’ll be meeting with Pascal Smet, Minister at the Brussels region responsible for mobility and transport, to identify priority issues for us. We’ll meet with the Commission infrastructure branch to encourage the provision of more (and better) bicycle parking where needed.

From the depths of midwinter, we would like to encourage you all to stay visible on your bicycles. Please make sure your lights work. And if you want to be stylish as well as visible, why not get yourself one of our fluorescent cycling vests – drop us a line at if you want one.

2014 was an eventful year for cycling in Brussels, but next year will be even more thrilling. Thank you for your support.

From all on the EUCG Committee, a very merry Christmas and a healthy two-wheeled new year to you all.

The last taboo

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Belgium’s and Brussels’ traffic problems are largely self inflicted. In recent months the three biggest banks have put another 10 000 company cars on the road. The tax system encourages this wastefulness instead of allowing companies to remunerate employees in more rational sustainable ways.

As Brussels university’s Dave Sinardet has put it, tax breaks for company’s remunerating employees with a car  – whether they like it or not – is the last taboo in fiscal reform.

Sign this petition if you want it to stop. 

 

 

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