The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the EU Cyclists’ Group will take place on Thursday 23 April 2015. Watch this space for further details.
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.
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.
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.
The Flemish League Against Cancer is organising another 1000km bike ride to raise money in the fight against cancer in May 2015.
1000 kilometer van Kom op tegen Kanker have invited the EUCG to consider entering a team for the event. Eight EUCG members could be willing to form a team to take part in this challenging, exhilarating event. Each cyclist in the team will need to cycle 125 km over the course of four days, and raise a 5000 EUR registration fee, all of which will be donated to Kom op tegen Kanker.
In May this year, the event was a huge success: about 3 000 cyclists in 527 teams, raising over 2.6m EUR!
Participants use racing bikes and ride in pelotons, accompanied by safety guards and repair services.
Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage – but not mandatory.
If you’re interested, or would like more information, send an email to Frans Nijs direct or for his attention at email@example.com
A hearty welcome and many congratulations to the new College of Commissioners, which was given a resounding approval by the European Parliament yesterday.
The EUCG is particularly thrilled that the new team includes some dedicated cyclists, such as Margrethe Vestager (pictured – competition) and Violeta Bulc (transport).
On their arrival in the most congested city in Europe and North America, they will need no reminding that more cycling and fewer car journeys can provide a boost for health, economic growth and the environment.
In the words of incoming President Juncker, ‘Let’s seize this chance.’
So good luck. We will be in touch soon.
[rough translation from yesterday’s piece in Nieuwsblad]
The so-called ‘shooting stars’ from Q-Music, and similar announcements on other radio stations, which inform listeners of unannounced speed traps, are illegal. So says the Ethics Committee for Telecommunications. The problem lies in the way the radio stations obtain the information: they ask listeners to send a text message to a premium number, which costs them 0.50 euros.
And there’s the rub. ‘Revenue-generating services to bypass road safety are prohibited’, they say. As soon as you have to pay more to send such a message than for an ordinary text message, this kind of activity is not permitted under the code of ethics.’
Q-Music is continuing to broadcast its ‘falling stars’. ‘In our view it is still a useful way to warn people that there are many speed traps on the roads’, they say.
VRT, whose radio stations Studio Brussel and MNM announce speed traps, says that it was in any case reconsidering whether such announcements were still appropriate. ‘Indeed, we are aware that the sensitivity about this issue has changed enormously.’