VRT traffic report will contain info for cyclists as of September
Flemish broadcasting company VRT will provide specific information for cyclists as of September, as intended already one year ago. A large-scale project called ‘The High Gear’ (De Grote Versnelling) will be launched to gather all stakeholders and make so-called ‘bicycle deals’ or real cooperative projects to stimulate bicycle use.
The Flemish government wants to boost bicycle use for functional trips and to commute. Therefore, the use of the bike has to grow from 16% to 20%. In addition, employers will be stimulated to push their employees to commute by bike, the Belga press release explains.
First two bicycle deals
On Monday, the first two bicycle deals were officially agreed on. The first one is to enclose structural and specific information for cyclists in the official traffic bulletin as of September. Information about bicycle accidents, obstacles, closed bicycle routes… Local authorities and individuals will be able to add or update information.
The second one is the plan to organize an annual bicycle trip ‘for a good cause’. The Cyclists’ Union wants to organize ‘Bike for Life’, an annual event for employers and employees to promote the bike to commute.
Furthermore, with the world championship cycling (WK Wielrennen or WKW), which takes place in Belgium in September, the Cyclists’ Union wants to encourage everybody to commute by bike from September 1st to September 23rd.
The collected money of the initiative is destined for Kom op tegen Kanker (Stand up against Cancer), the charity partner of WKW. The goal is to have 50 employers and 2 000 employees make 19 000 bicycle rides and cover 160 000 km. Other bicycle deals will follow.
Flemish public broadcaster VRT radio earlier announced its intentions to provide specific information for cyclists. In July 2020, traffic anchor Hajo Beeckman said: “The bike is on a steep rise in commuting.
The e-bikes are flying over the counter, and the cycle highways are also gaining more and more ground. From there, the idea has grown whether and how we should take this into account in the bulletin. If the bicycle also claims its place in our mobility, it’s logical that we think about that.”