Belgium Fietsersbond applauds the daily cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Julie Degraeve, local organiser for Fietsersbond in Brussels, calling her support for cyclists on their daily ride.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Julie Degraeve, local organiser for Fietsersbond in Brussels, calling her support for cyclists on their daily ride.

“Today was a really good day. There were a lot of car drivers here and maybe they thought, ‘What am I doing here, waiting, when all these cyclists are going past and getting applause?’ I hope they were encouraged to change their behaviour.”

It was Applause Day for the Belgian cyclists who hit the road for their commute, ride, dispatch, message or general errand. The national cycling advocacy group set up 60 locations across Belgium where cyclists could enjoy a moment of recognition for their efforts.

This year is the second so far and will likely continue.

Fietsersbond advocates for better cycling conditions, from marked pathways to dedicated routes to better recognition of cyclists on the road. An essential part in creating an equal status for cyclists on the roads.

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