Are you looking for a new experience? Then Bike Experience is for you! Swap your car for the bike from 2 to 16 May and discover the ease and pleasure of the bike yourself. Experienced cyclists are welcome too.
Are you a car driver? And you want to take part? Become a Biker!
You already cycle every day? And you want to take part? Become a Coach!
Register here by midnight on 31 March.
Are you a car driver in Brussels? Do you want to take up the challenge of leaving your car in the garage for two weeks? And can you ride a bike? Then the role of Biker is just up your street.
Register before midnight on 31 March.
Do you cycle every day? And do you want to take part in Bike Experience? Join the group of Coaches who are in training and show motivated beginners the ropes in the world of active mobility.
We try to ensure that by the end of the registration process you are paired with a Biker who has more or less the same route.
Register before midnight on 31 March.
Privacy: The personal data which you pass on to us is registered in the file of Bike Experience, rue de Londres, 15, 1050 Brussels. This data is processed by Bike Experience as part of the management of our database. If you no longer want to appear in this database, you can deregister via the site, by telephone on the number 02 502 73 55 or by letter (Bike Experience - Pro Velo, rue de Londres 15 - 1050 Brussels). You have a right of access and rectification.
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If you have any problem or if you're looking for assistance to register, you can call Pro Velo at 02 502 73 55
As with the car, safety, comfort, and quality are the priorities when you cycle on public roads. These seven rules will put you on the right track!
Do you cycle only in the city? Do you wish to cycle and use public transport? Do you have space at home to park a bike? Before buying a bike, you might want to try out different bikes: city bike, hybrid bike, folding bike, an electrical bike …
Just as you buy your car from a good garage manager or concession holder, you should buy your bike from a professional bicycle trader. Only then you are sure that you have a sturdy frame and quality components. Click here to find a bicycle shop in Brussels.
Take your bike to a shop regularly for maintenance. Brakes, tires, lights, and gears must be checked regularly. Or, you can learn to maintain your bike yourself at Les Ateliers de la rue Voot, Cyclo or Pro Velo.
Avoid busy traffic or exhausting slopes. Choose pleasant and safe roads. Limited one-way traffic, regional cycling routes, the Green Walk and cycle junctions make cycling safer and more pleasant. View the cycling map here of the Region of Brussels.
Certain rules apply on public roads to both cyclists and other road users. Items such as brakes, a bike bell, lights, and reflectors are obligatory. Check here whether your bike is in order.
All this advice and more news dedicated to two-wheelers are gathered all year long in the bike section of the Brussels Mobility website.
Curious about what you can get from your Bike Experience? Get a glimpse of what last year’s participants experienced.
Do you have questions about Bike Experience? Here you can find the answer to some of the more frequently asked questions.
Bike Experience is intended primarily for motorists in Brussels who are willing to leave their car at home between the 2nd and the 16th May and cycle to and from work. You only need to know how to ride a bike (at least keep your balance and ride straight)!
Participants of Bike Experience are expected to:
Excellent idea, welcome!
Of course! Once the file is created on our website, you have private access to your file and the option of modifying details. This space will quickly become your point of reference for all practical aspects linked to your registration.
Your user ID is simply the e-mail address you used in your application.
The aims of the compulsory training for new coaches are:
The training will begin with a theory part (indoors) followed by a practical part (outdoors). It will then end with a short debriefing. You should count approximately 2h30min.
The coach training will take place at the Maison des Cyclistes (rue de Londres 15 in Ixelles). The outdoors practical part will take place in the neighbouring area.
It is a short (2h30min) training session preparing the cyclist for cycling in the city, for them to adopt the right reflexes. How do you cross tram tracks? Can two cyclists ride side by side in the city? Do you pass a line of cars that have stopped on the left or the right? To adapt your cycling skills to the city, there's nothing better than a free training session!
Congratulations! If your attendance has been confirmed for the 28th or 29th April, that means you have been assigned a coach and will be taking part in the Bike Experience from the 2nd to the 16th May.
Unfortunately not, no! We are looking for participants who are available for both weeks. However, you could get in touch with GRACQ - Les Cyclistes Quotidiens. They might know of cyclists whose commute route is similar to yours, who might be able to help you.
Yes! Within the context of Bike Experience, future cyclists will have the opportunity to borrow a bike (city bike or folding bike - subject to availability). The opportunity to request a bike was presented at the time of your application on the website.
You can pick up the bike which we will have reserved for you during the meeting and information day on the 28th or 29th April. We kindly ask you to bring the bike back at the end of the Experience (16th May). The bikes do have to be returned at the same place on Wednesday 16th May (between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) or Thursday 17th May (between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.).
In case of any problem with the bike during Bike Experience, please contact Pro Velo (tel. 02 502 73 55) as soon as possible.
If you want to share and let others share your Experience, we will happily publish your comments on the Bike Experience website and Facebook page. And don't hesitate to regularly write comments so we can share the evolution of your Experience.
If you have a Facebook account, make sure your friends get the chance to share your Experience. You are our best ambassador! If you prefer, we can publish just your first name and not your surname. It's up to you! In your registration file you can adapt your preferences yourself.
If you have any comments, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I am not selected for Bike Experience, is there any city traffic training course that I can follow?
Yes, all throughout the year! GRACQ – Les Cyclistes Quotidiens holds a course entitled ‘Vélo-trafic’ which is aimed at teenagers and adults, to help them get (back) on their bikes. The fact is that some people fear the dangers faced by cyclists on public roads. This training helps them overcome their fears and master the skills needed to cycle in daily traffic. In practical terms, a ‘Vélo-trafic’ training consists in a three-hour session by a qualified instructor. It includes:
Adults and teenagers over 14 years of age, already able to ride a bike but hesitant to take on city traffic. Note that minors must be accompanied by an adult.
For GRACQ members : 5 Euros on the day/ 4 Euros for advance purchase
Thank you for your involvement as a coach! Once we have a candidate cyclist for you to accompany, you will be informed by e-mail, with the contact details of your cyclist. You will then be welcome to make contact and introduce yourself. In any case, you will have the chance to meet at the time of the 28th or 29th April meeting days.
What an excellent idea! Thank you!
As a requirement for me to take part in Bike Experience, I am required to subscribe to a family insurance programme. What is this about?
The family RC (civil responsibility) insurance, commonly referred to as ‘family insurance’ or ‘private life insurance’ protects you if, within the context of your private life, you are civilly responsible for damage to a third party.
If, within the context of your private life, you are responsible for physical damage (for instance a wound) or material damage (damage to goods) of a third party, this guarantee will cover the compensation owed to the victim, with possible deduction of excess.
It covers damages caused by yourself or persons living in your home, but also by your cleaning lady or baby-sitter during employment, as well as by your pets.
You could also ask your company to offer cycle training to you and your colleagues. Pro Velo then comes during the week to outline the tricks of the trade with an official trainer. One advantage is that you receive training in the vicinity of your company premises. And so, you discover the best access roads or the quickest way to the train station or nearest Villo station. Please contact email@example.com.
Discover and support companies which have committed themselves to take up the challenge of finding as many bikers or coaches as possible from their employees who are ready to try the experience of commuting by bike!
• Talk to the person responsible for mobility within your company and invite him or her to sign and return the ‘Bike Experience Challenge’ form !
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Bike Experience is a campaign of the Brussels cycling organisations, coordinated by Pro Velo in cooperation with Brussels Mobility.
CyCLO vzw is a socioeconomic undertaking promoting cycling in Brussels through bicycle technology, recycling, culture and innovation. CyCLO works on the crossroads of mobility, ecology and employment. The association’s bike-technical knowledge is its main asset. Its positioning is much-needed and unique.
Les Ateliers de la rue Voot is a creative expression centre that was established in Woluwe-St-Lambert in 1972. The association wants to make cyclists more independent by teaching them to maintain and repair their own bike.
The Fietsersbond believes that the cyclist is the basic link in sustainable mobility. With over 7,000 members in Flanders and Brussels, the interest group represents 23,500 cyclists.
Le GRACQ - Les Cyclistes Quotidiens ensures that all people who want to travel by bike can do this in the best possible circumstances.
Pro Velo is a service organisation that helps local authorities, schools and companies to give bikes more room. It also organises guided cycling trips in Brussels and cycling events.
The EU Cyclists’ Group has over 1,300 members who work for the European institutions in Brussels and promotes the bicycle as an everyday means of transport.