5,000 cyclists pedalled away for BicyCity in Brussels
Cyclists from all over Belgium converged on Brussels to demand more bike-friendly measures.19 May 2008
BRUSSELS – Some 5,000 cyclists from 15 cities across the country gathered on Sunday morning to cycle together to Brussels for BicyCity.
The cyclists went from cities around the country, including Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Namur and Nivelles to the capital. Cyclists also gathered in groups in the different municipalities of Brussels to go to the centre together.
The last part of the E411 and the A12 motorways were closed off to car traffic for a short while and the cyclists had free reign to make the last part of their journey into Brussels without competing exhaust fumes.
Instead of the expected 15,000 participants, only 5,000 turned up.
The aim of the event was to promote the use of bicycles and 'bicycle-friendly cities'. The organisers wanted to call attention to demands for more and better bicycle paths and an improved infrastructure in general for cyclists.
BicyCity ended with a party in the Brussels Cinquantainaire Park (Jubelpark).
A possible anticlimax to the day: After the party, everyone had to cycle home again.
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]
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