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Graffiti in the streets (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraatof Ghent (BE)… The mural is part of a campaign for more awareness concerning the mode of transport you chose and their consequences.



Nanook of the North

The other day I saw an excerpt of the 1922 docudrama Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic by Robert Flaherty. One very curious scene can be an eyeopener when compared with modern day transport related habits… (as far as I’m aware: the canoe scene seems exaggerated or manipulated, but it’s real!)nanook_of_the_north

Federal Planning Bureau

The ‘Federal Planning Bureau‘, a public agency in Belgium, published some figures on motorized traffic in 2030. That is if nothing changes…

/The average speed during rush hours today is 37 km/h, in 2030 it will be 29 km/h

/The average speed outside rush hours today is 71 km/h, in 2030 it will be 65 km/h

/The total percentage of movements by car today is 79%, in 2030 it will be 82%

The bureau also mentions it does not see a solution to the problem. I do see one, especially when is see the average speed of 29 km/h.

For more details see this article in De Standaard.


Ideas from Federal Minister for Mobility and Transport François Bellot (MR)

Belgian Federal Minister for Mobility and Transport François Bellot (MR) is currently investigating to subsidise the future purchase of electric powered bikes. The train of thought:

“I believe electric bikes are an ideal alternative for transport on the short and medium range. It can be a solution for urban, congested areas and it’s also the ideal mode of transport concerning health reasons.”

Well minister Bellot… It’s a wonderful idea, but if I’m right: this goes for all bikes, especially those exclusively powered by peddle power. So, if this idea gets reality I would like you to subsidise all my bikes. I use them on a daily bases, on the short, medium and long range and this for my own transport, my sons transport and to transport lots of stuff! That’s value for your gouvernement money!!!

Source:De Standaard, 20/09/2016, link.




Mercedes, Audi & BMW?

As the name of my blog suggests I’m a big believer in the possibilities of bikes. But on rare occasions I also use a car to get around. What always occurs to me is the aggressive driving style of many and the frequency on which traffic rules are broken.

I don’t really care whether the maximum speed for example on highways is 90, 110 or 120 km/h (to be honest: I believe that in Belgium lower is often better). What I do care about is that once a decision is made, we stick to it and and amerce those who don’t.

Once on the road it seems another rule is implied: premium German diesel powered cars are allowed to neglect all civilisation and in particular the speeding rules. When driving at the maximum allowed speed 8 out of 10 cars passing me at significant higher speeds are a Mercedes, a Audi or a BMW. What is it with these brands? Is a part of their purchase amount an advance payment to the government for their future speed offences? Or is it sheer arrogance with an unnecessary fuel consumption and an increased risk for accidents as a side effect?

I see a good opportunity to thicken the public treasury! To quote from a Korn song: ‘Just fucking do it damn it!’.