We have established contacts with a few non profit organizations,
all of which have some general or specific interest in a project
similar to Bike8000. We have proposed several service exchanges
and a mutual publicity, purely free of charge, of course.
is a growing non profit organization promoting the use of bicycles.
It is a very dynamic team headed by our friend Jean Luc de Wilde.
For a very long time, we have felt very close to their goals, values
and objectives. It is a research and promotion institute for bicycles
and it defines itself as a service provider, helping authorities,
schools and companies find a 'place' for the bicycle.
They have some public oriented activities:
- Promoting the use of bicycles as a means of transport and for
just a leisurely ride. (You must have already heard of 'Dring
Dring' or 'Velobrabançonne')
- Organizing bicycle tours and bicycle renting.
- 'Bicycle' pooling for school kids.
Why not visit them at Rue de Londres, 1050 Brussels or check out
is a project to develop 12 long-distance international cycle routes
spanning Europe. The network will be used for cycling holidays as
well as local journeys and will provide a safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly
alternative to the motor car.
After having set up our full itinerary on Michelin map, we heard
about EuroVelo®, and much to our excitement, we realised that
our chosen itinerary was very close to many sections of the routes
proposed by EuroVelo®. Their head office happens to be situated
in Brussels, so we met there and offered our services in promoting
this great idea of a European Cycle Route Network. Whenever possible
we will report back with our observations about the present status
of EuroVelo® routes when our itinerary follows the proposed
EuroVelo® routes (which will be the case for about 75% of the
total 8,000 km). We also want to share with you our dream of a Europe
where cycling really means something, not only here and there through
(latin for 'birds') is an association for the study and protection
of wild fauna, specifically of birds. Beyond its ornithological
research, Aves is busy with the study of mammals, reptiles and batrachians
especially in the Wallonie and Brussels regions. Another skill of
theirs is education. Thanks to the help of guides and benevolent
animators, Aves organizes around 500 activities each year : excursions
and ornithological trips, training sessions, slides and documentaries,
Also, Aves owns a library of high scientific value and allows you
to buy a lot of books on nature and almost anything to do with ornithology.
Benoit has been a member of Aves for a long time and even if the
time for birdwatching trips is getting scarce now, the passion is
still there. Besides it being a marvellous hobby, it makes one more
aware of our natural environment. So, why not become a member or
simply participate in one of Aves' activities. All information and
details of excursions are available at: www.aves.be
is the 'Research and Action Group of Everyday Cyclists'; an association
of members who act in order to obtain better conditions for cycling
as well as for an increase in the number of cyclists in the traffic.
It acts as a lobby against authorities and supplies the following
services to its members:
- Protecting the interests of the everyday cyclists
- Representing the cyclists and pushing for a better policy for
- Encouraging people to use bicycles as nearly the sole means
GRACQ publishes 'Ville à Vélo' (literally, 'City
on Cycle'), a monthly newspaper of everyday cyclists where you will
find all useful information on cycling as a way of transport and
discovery. Dominique Baecke, permanent member of the GRACQ is also
our privileged contact for 'La Roue et Solidaire' (the solidarity
action which we support) through the 'Ateliers de la Rue Voot' where
she works as well.
If you are going to work or school by bicycle, let it be known
and join the team on www.gracq.org
This is the Institute of Administration and Management of the UCL
(Université Catholique de Louvain) of which Benoit is a member.
Its main purpose is to promote and maintain friendly and professional
relations between former students and to defend its members' professional
interests. It publishes a monthly periodical giving important information
on the agenda of activities, miscellaneous information and as well
as a Membership list, a list of the teachers of the Institute and
more than 10,000 useful contacts.
The sabbatical is not very popular amongst the members of the Association
so Benoit has made it his duty to show them that it is possible
and that it can be positive with a lot of value. Nathalie Celis
is the contact at the 'Conseil d'administration' of IAG Alumni,
a co-member like Benoit of 'Ingenu', old students for the promotion
of 'Commercial Engineers 1988'.
So....graduates of IAG, have you lost contact?........surf
our new website: www.iag-alumni.be
So many people have encouraged, helped and sponsored us... Given
below are some of them...may we be forgiven for the forgotten ones...
- Roland Fabri: our brother in law and also Webmaster for the
maintenance of our site....a huge job!
- Bernard Meeus and Alcodis S. A. : for granting the sabbatical
and the help in telecommunications.
- Cécile Quénum: for the graphical design of the
- Yves Van Straelen of 'La Maison du Vélo' (Chaussée
de Louvain 341, 1030
Brussels Tel: 32 2 742 07 45): for assembling our bicycle and
professional advice on the art of travelling by bicycle.
- Tanguy Gaspard of 'Veloxygene' (Rue Vanderkindere 395, 1180
02/343.47.57): for the training in cycle mechanics.
- Thierry de Thibaut for the help with vidéo equipment
- Sophie Ortner, Diane and Alain Corman : for the English translations.
- Olivier Hertoghe and Ben Willocx : for the dutch translations
- Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw and Roberto Torres : for the spanish
- Alexia Struye, for the original idea of the logo.
- Xavier Janssens, for scanning, Michel Meeus for the WAP
- Olivier Carton, for the advice on sponsorship.
- Vincent Orts, for media counselling.