Our Annual General Meeting on Monday, 18 April 2016, 12.30-14.30.
It will be in the PLB building, Room 1.4, on Rue Philippe le Bon 3, Brussels.
Our guest speaker is Fernando Garcia Ferreiro, director in Commission Directorate General for Human Resources. Fernando is responsible for the Fit@work scheme and other corporate social responsibility programmes.
Please come along to find out what has been happening for cycling and the EU institutions over the last year.
Bike 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.