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Cyclists demand more space on Rue de la Loi with picnic

20:32 24/08/2017

Three Brussels bicycle clubs will hold a guerrilla picnic on Brussels' Rue de la Loi on Friday to demand more space for cyclists and pedestrians on the busy road, writes Bruzz.

With an average of 700 cyclists per hour, Rue de la Loi is the second most important throughway for cyclists in Brussels, according to an official count from the cycling organisation Pro Velo in 2016. However, the infrastructure is not adapted to accommodate the ever-increasing flow of cyclists, say the organisations.

Cyclists and pedestrians are entitled to more space, say the cyclists' rights group Gracq, the Brussels Cycling Federation and Critical Mass Brussels. Many cyclists and pedestrians are forced onto very narrow bicycle paths and sidewalks, which often causes collisions. Rue de la Loi needs to be redeveloped with bikers in mind, they say.

The organisations are therefore organising a picnic on Friday evening, during which time the participants will occupy two lanes that are currently closed due to construction. They hope their action will convince policymakers to hand over one of the lanes to the city's cyclists.

Written by Robyn Boyle