©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The road barrier a cyclist on my route, where police simply through the barriers into the path of oncoming cyclists.
As the bicycle celebrated its 200th birthday yesterday, I had yet another run in with (motorised) police in Brussels and their disregard for cyclists. Riding (slowly) through the predestrianised city centre, where cycling advocacy groups have just graffitied the asphalt with Bike Brussels stencils to encourage even more cyclists to the area, I rode up on a police car.
Barry Sandland/TIMB – Best view of the Brussels 20km run
The Brussels 20km run has started. You can stand at one location for AGES and still have runners coming by. Over 60,000 would be a fair estimate. The police are Continue reading
Some of the riders in the Critical Mass ride were stopped by police last night. The idea that they were blocking traffic, were impeding flow. A few members were taken to one side and lectured. I rode up on this and took some photos – and was immediately told by the police to stop taking pictures, that it was illegal. Of course, it is not. The police can be photographed and they can be photographed while they are doing their jobs. The limitation appears in Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Another interaction with aggressive drivers ignored by police
Life in Brussels, Belgium. Friday night, I was sideswiped by a car pulling out of the parking lane. Pushed me out into oncoming traffic. I screamed and shouted to get some space, hitting her side window. She gave me the finger and mouthed, “Fuck off”. I shouted back to “Give space, watch for cyclists”. “Fuck off,” and again the finger. I shouted back to “Fuck off and learn to drive”. … Police were there. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Between the Villo bikes and the police rides, enough support for the parade.
Just because I liked the image. Police bikes being used at the out.be roller/ride parade, resting next to the Villo collection at Palais Justice.
Notes: It is little more than an image Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A steady police presence in the city centre
As summer approaches, this reinforcement will be reassuring for cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Brussels has a schizophrenic relationship with cycling. While there are a lot of cycling police, there seems to be less enforcement of the rules from their driving counterparts – at least against the drivers. I have been stopped four times by police who have spoken to me about turning right on a red light. Problem was, at each and every intersection I was permitted to do just that. There are signs to that effect.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Police tape and the insidious bicycle.
Part of living in Brussels, with any part of your wheel near the European Parliament, you will have experienced the presence of EU dignitaries, bureaucrats, visiting statesmen and the like. They zoom past with five or six motorcycle cops clearing a path in front of them. They are immune to Continue reading