If you are anything like me then you are probably suffering from a steadily growing sense of doom, as the clock ticks down and you have no idea what to buy your loved ones for Christmas.
Luckily some help is at hand for bike nerds.
For instance wired have published “12 Road-Ready Gifts for Bike Commuters” .
And there is now a startup called Parcify which will deliver your goodies to your workplace or residential address with Brussels postcodes 1000, 1040, 1050, 1060, 1180, 1210 in Brussels. The app notifies when the courier arrives, and you can ask the courier in the app to wait for me downstairs. The messengers are polite, and speak English.
Start using Parcify with the free code: EUCGVELOXMAS17
If you want to order some bike gear from bol.com, rosebikes.com, or athleteshop.be here below are some discount codes for a free delivery.
And dont forget to give your bike messenger a Euro or two’s tip. What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story will tell you how much its appreciated.
And by the way if want Santa to put a book in your stocking, here is a a list of cycling classics.
Brussels Region Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Pascal Smet, on 7 December published the winner of the competition for a redesign of the notorious Rond Point Schuman.
Some might not be not convinced lessons have been learned from the ‘flying saucers’ effect at Gare Centrale and Rogier with the need for frequent replacement of concrete and reliance on cold and uninviting stainless steel.
On a positive note, this should signal the end of through traffic North-South or vice versa via Schuman and the main bottle neck at the corners of Schuman-Cortenberg-Archimede should now disappear. There will still be traffic flow East-West will remain with a more fluid and less chaotic arrangement on Avenue Cortenbergh and for traffic towards Rue de la Loi and Rue Archimede.
Let us know what you think.
The EUCG Committee has a subgroup for air quality. Last year we measured black carbon, in collaboration with Brussels Environment (previously called IBGE). This winter, in a project that is still ongoing, we are measuring PM 2.5, and some other indicators (noise, temperature, humidity), in collaboration with the VUB university and a Brussels NGO called BRAL.
The price of the first measuring device was 8.000 euros, and it was not very user-friendly nor motivating (no direct results via an app). The current Airbeam measuring device cost around 200 US dollars, and the linked Android app provides graphs in real-time: very motivating and interesting for the individual user. On how it works see here .
We have five measuring devices in constant use (during outside trips by any means of transport: walking, cycling, public transport, car), and the map of the Brussels Region is gradually filling up with very detailed data (gps, time, four indicators), which can then be used for lobbying, awareness-raising and campaigning.
With the aircast devices, we measured also very high levels of PM 2.5 in the Metro Brussels. In fact, we measured the highest values in general in the metro, always in the bottom of the ‘red zone’ of the measuring range of the device (it had green, yellow, orange, and red zones).
So far we have had most of measurements coming from cyclist belonging to our group but we would very much like to compare the different modes of transport. So we are still looking for volunteers who come by foot, tram or metro and in particular volunteers who come by car! Ideally one would compare the different modes for the same commute. If you are interested in this project, please contact us.
The EUCG Committee wishes you all a very happy two-wheeled 2017!
In response to some requests requests, we have posted up some general, official advice to cyclists in Belgium, including the relevant traffic rules.
Stay safe and warm on those frosty roads.
While in previous months, we got on average 3-12 new membership requests per month, from the start of our promotional campaign at the beginning of April to the end of April we received 50 registrations – including a couple of excellent European Commissioners.
A warm welcome to you all!