PROGRAMME EUROBIKE MEETING GENT 12-16/02/2012
Arrival: Sunday 12/02/2012
Departure: Thursday 16/02/2012
Project week at school “”the Wingerd”
Participants: 28 students + class 4A2 Wingerd (17 students): 35 students
Teachers: 10 + 2 from the Wingerd = 12
Accommodation: Students: Host families (parents 4th year Wingerd – science dep)
Teachers: Hostel47, Gent.
Task for the students to be carried out in your home country:
The students attending the Eurobike meeting in Gent should bring a memory stick with their group’s powerpoint presentation and a short movie.
We are looking for about 3 examples (minimum) of each of the following:
- existing successful use of the bike in your area (pictures and some explanation)
- inadequate provision of biking facilities in your area
- new creative ideas for introducing the use of bikes to make our environment safer and healthier, again in your own area.
The idea is that everybody has a picture of the use of bikes in your hometown, any progress that has been made in the past years and goals for the near future. Dreaming is not forbidden, money is no object, personal views are recommended.
Secondly we would like to organise a small competition by asking you to make a short movie (free style) using your mobile phone, camera, etc… of max. 3 minutes with the title “Eurobike”. We have three prizes waiting for you for the most original short film!
Please make sure the movie can be played with “windows movie player” software (or another standard piece of software). The teachers of each country will form the jury.
Arrival of participants at Gent Sint Pieters (rail) or Brussels National / Brussels South Airport. Transport to Gent. Meeting at De Wingerd school with host parents. Short briefing. Evening meal with families (and students). Taking teachers to Hostel47, evening meal in Gent, briefing programme.
Arrival at school at 9h00. “Kick off” event to stimulate social interaction.
Please make sure you all bring sports clothes (shorts, T shirt, sport shoes)
12.00u: Lunch at school.
13.00u – 15.00u: Bike tour – Bourgoyen – station Gent St Pieters. Discovering Gent and surroundings, first examples of succesful integration of the bike as a sustainable means of transport.
15.30u – 17.00u: Presentation of different countries at the Wingerd. Results of photo shoots – competition (see above)
17.30u: pick up by host families – evening meal.
Teachers free, exploring Gent and first beer tasting
09.00: Arrival at school
09.30: Reception at Town Hall with councillor De Regge or Mayor Termont, council hall. Presentation by Yves De Baets, Civitas (email@example.com), group discussions, brainstorming, action plans and info to take home.
Video message from Eddy Merckx?
12.00u: lunch at school
13.00u: Visit Gent by bike: guided tour by Wingerd students.
Focus on bike trails, safety, bike “parking” in town, types of bikes,…
17.00u: back at school – snack
Evening meal: cooking together, preparing national heritage: “mussels and chips”. Live cooking lessons.
Pick up by host families at 22h00.
Arrival at school at 09.00u. Briefing and cycling to the Blaarmeersen.
10h00 – 12h00: Group 1: Indoor cycling Velodrome Eddy Merckx (max 25 persons).
Group 2: Visiting of bike shops in Gent: Godefroot, Joma, ligfietsen Lange Violettestraat, Plum, custom bikes Bike store, …
Visit of bike repair atelier Kattenberg (Town of Gent).
12.30u – 13.30u: Lunch at Piereput.
14.00u – 16.00u: Group 1: Visiting of bike shops in Gent: Godefroot, Joma, ligfietsen Lange Violettestraat, Plum, custom bikes Bike store, …
Visit of bike repair atelier Kattenberg (Town of Gent)
Group 2: Indoor cycling Velodrome Eddy Merckx (max 25 persons)
16.30 – 18.00u: Evaluation meeting: brainstorm – pro’s and con’s – debate.
19.00u: Evening meal at Amadeus or Gekroonde Hoofden: spare ribs à volonté – Gent by night.
Pick up by parents host families at 23h00 at school.
Thursday 16/02: departure. Transport to Brussels.
Dear Sir, Madam
First of all, I want to thank you for making possible the Eurobike project, which is an amazing, one in a lifetime experience. I think I can speak for all the participants when I say it was a very enriching, inspiring and interesting experience.
Before giving my opinion of the project, I will describe how I participated in it. During the meeting in Ghent, my family hosted two Swedish boys. Moreover, I was offered the opportunity to participate in the final meeting, which consisted of a biking trip from Ybbs to Vienna, from Bruck a/d Mur to Maribor and another four days in Zagreb.
Now, I will give you my opinion of this project. I think there are two very important benefits. First, the project promotes the use of bikes. I think this is really important, especially for countries like Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria and Croatia, as bikes are not very popular there.
I did not mention my own country, Belgium, because I think that in Belgium, compared to those other countries, biking is relatively popular. Nevertheless, I think it is important that we face the fact that there is still a lot of work to do when we want to make biking pleasant and safe. Also I think our country was important within the project, because we could act like some ‘unperfected model’, and offer the other countries some ideas for the future. Furthermore, we succeeded to let ourselves heard, even better than we anticipated. For example, during the meeting in Croatia, our project was at the national television twice, and we convinced the major of the importance of making biking safer and more attractive. He was so kind to block the streets so we were able to ride through the city and show other people that biking can be pleasant!
So I think I can say the project really contributed to putting biking in the spotlights and, I hope, may even have changed something in the minds of some people in Europe: a new, and in my opinion, better attitude towards biking.
But as if this is not enough, the project is important for a second, and in my opinion even more important reason as well. I think projects that bring together people of different European counties are really important for turning the European Union into a real union. In this project you get to learn so many new people and cultures and in my opinion it is essential that we at least know something about the other people in other countries in Europe to create a feeling of unity, to feel more attached to each other, and maybe someday care about each other!
But even for eurosceptics this project still is important because it broadens youngsters’ perspectives and contributes to their development into ‘world citizens’. It offers them, as I said above, a one in a lifetime experience, contacts and friends all over Europe, more future perspectives, and a broader view of reality. By getting to know other cultures and ways of thinking, youngsters may get a more open and more tolerant mind! And that are the things that in my opinion, we need a little bit more, things that are very important when you want to live a more cosmopolitan life, instead of hiding in your own little town and do not care about the rest…
If you ask me if there are any disadvantages about the project, I must conclude there are none, even after thinking very long. But if you really need one, what I regret most is the fact that the meetings are really short. I found it really difficult to leave all the very good friends I made during the meetings and I must say that the farewell still hurts! After both meetings it took me a week to recover, because of the enormous amount of energy I put into it, which is something most of the participants did. I guess this is one of the reasons why this projects was so amazing!
To conclude, I give some suggestions for the future.
I hope this kind of projects can happen more frequent and for a longer (certainly not a shorter) period of time! I can only speak from my own experience, but I truly believe that these projects are really important!
So, I repeat, I am very grateful towards every person who helped making these projects possible and turned them into such a wonderful experience for all the participants,
Thank you very much again,
Midas Van Dorpe
2 hour Bike shop tour Ghent
2 hour Bike shop tour Ghent (Wednesday 15/02)
- 1. What to do?
- Somebody stays outside with the bikes, alternate at every shop
- A 2hour loop, 5 x 6 pupils, one Belgian as a guide +map and addresses. Everybody takes off to another shop/place.
- Its marked on your bike road maps in advance, I need them back for the afternoon session.
- Have a look around, introduce yourselves and explain the project, ask whatever you want to know and enjoy yourselves.
- 12.30. lunch at the Piereput. Evaluation meeting at school 16.30
- 2. Stopping places
i. Fiets! (Jomasport). Koningin fabiolalaan 7.
Fairly big bike shop, packed with different brands and types of bikes. Have a look around, introduce yourselves and explain the project, ask if they can show you their bike repair place.
ii. Max Mobiel. Voskenslaan 27.
At the back of the central railway station. Non-profit organization. Brings biking and working together. Bike rental, repair. Developing of bike sharing and parking systems. Bike theft and anti –theft, bikes and tourist. Commuting system. One of the major players in town regarding to bikes.
iii. Plum. Nederkouter 141.
Third generation bike shop. Probably the oldest shop in town and it has a nice collection of retro bikes.
iv. Biker. Steendam 16.
The better citybike. Rental bikes, repair shop, accessoires, … enjoy this small shop with ia very good choice of bikes!
v. Town hall bike atelier. Kattenberg 2
All the people that are employed by the city of Ghent, can ask on top of their salary for a free bike for home-work commuting. At the town hall bike atelier, these thousands of bikes are assembled, repaired, engraved… On top of that it’s a reintegration program for people that have been unemployed for a long time. They are trained to become a skilled bike repairer, a highly valued, but almost endangered profession on the ever growing biking market.
- Bike repair places.
If you are a student, have bike and you have a problem you can always go to one of the following places. Do mind the fact that you will get your hands dirty. Willingly people are there to help and instruct you for free, but they won’t do it for you, unless…
vi. Fietsenherstelplaats Rabot. KAHO – Sint-Lieven. Income Bargiekaai, Monday and wednesday: 12.00u – 17.00u.
vii. Fietsenherstelplaats Blandijn UGent. Sint-Hubertusstraat 2. Monday to Thursday: 8.00u – 10.30u en 12.00u – 14.00
viii. vzw studentENmobiliteit (studentmobility), Kattenberg 2 – Gent
ix. Freinetatheneum De wingerd. Neermeerskaai 1A. Every schoolday.
Brainstorm Workshop Townhall
Eurobike Brainstorm – 14/02/2012
How can local governments promote the use of bikes in general
- Giving permission to destroy car on sight
- Punishment on people who don’t cycle at least once a week
- Making it impossible to go by car
- Town centre should only be accessible by bike, public transport or walking
- Building more cycle facilities
- Give bikes for free
- Hype a lot, make it cool
- They should use commercial TV and media
- Tell how important it is for the environment
- Lower prices for bikes
- Listen to peoples ideas
- Make more people know where the bike routes are
- No car in the family = every member gets a free bike
- Eco bonus for ridng bike
- Give money for people who bike to work
- Give advantages for cyclists
- No homework for cyclists
- Choosing to take the bike is not only good for environment, but also for your health
- Make tunnels that protect bikers from rain
- Free repair service
- Make car dangerous, so people would be scared to drive them
- Stop making cars and replace them with special bikes that go faster
- Death sentence for people qho don’t go by bike
- Make cars and petrol extremely expensive
- More cycle paths
- More bridges
- Free bike holidays of at half price
- Win a price if you cycle
- Increases taxes on petrol to ensure that cycling is really the cheapest option
- Free toddler bikes
- Give people maps so they can know where they can ride with their bike
- Give a point per km. When you have enough points, you can get stuff like helmets, etc.
- At crossing points, bikes first, then cars
- Bike repair must be cheaper
- If you are the 1.000th biker, you get 1000 €
- People in power should ride bikes (roll models)
- More street art about bikes
- Test days for people to ride new bikes
- Pimp your bike
- More car free days for children
- Do onto make any now car parks
- Make car parks more expensive
- Free repair places in the city
- Build more useful bike roads away from dangerous cars
- Biking meet point to bike together to school
- Pictures on cars about what could happen when you drive them (just like cigarettes)
- Little stalls on the road when you can get bike equipment easy and cheap
- Biking exams on schools
- Children must have enough time to make it to school without waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning
How could a local government stimulate sustainable by using the social media ?
- complaining sites
- links to sites with information on biking
- cycle groups on facebook
- pictures of cyclists to persuade people
- advertisements with pictures with and without traffic
- commercials for bike events
- to have someone on msn, facebook, etc whom you can ask anything about cycling
- include as much young people as possible as promoters
- make car more expensive
- free bikes, free public transport
- separate bike paths
- you can take bikes on busses
- inform people via internet about cycling events
- facebook group: every member has right on a free bike for one year
- promoting cycling by using You Tube videos
- give free computers and bikes
- funny commercials on TV
- an app that shows where you are
- more bike pictures on “likes” on facebook
- make 20% of the advertisements on those sites had to do about biking
- macs on every bike !
- speed dating with bikes
- take photos of bikes and then vote for the best
- official bike sell site
- post cycling jokes
- encourage people to post their status “cycling”
- ads on shopping bags
- pop-up videos and pictures
- share bicycle idea before liking
- ad before video starts sending promotional emails
- ad with cycling weather
- traffic jam information even for bikes
- bike route planners
- an app to give ideas about cycling
- app with local bike shops
- app about repairing bikes
- app that show where you can find the best parking for your bike
- app where people can post famous biking areas
- app where people can post movies about cycling
- a kind of blog where people can write their cycling experience about cycling in the city
How would you promote “car-sharing” amongst young adults who are ready to buy their first car?
- Good rules between group of friends
- Tell them it’s cheaper to travel together
- Make carpoollanes
- Better for environment
- If you buy a car together, you can get a bonus
- Make a website where people can meet to share cars
- Cheaper cars for car sharers
- Making mini busses less expensive
- Fees when you drive alone in a car
- Make cars more expensive so that only when only you share it you can afford it
- Tell them it’s good because there won’t be so many traffic jams
- You can’t have more than 1 car per family
- TV commercials
- Make less cars so they have to share
- You are not allowed to buy a car if you don’t carpool 7 days a month
- If you do car sharing 21 days a month, you get some financial support
- Sites where you can find people who want to share their car in your neighbourhood
- Give away a free car to people that share cars
How can a school make the use of helmets, fluo jackets, armbands, etc. a hype amongst youngsters?
- Install headsets into helmets
- Most people understand why these items are important for safety, however decide it isn’t worth it if you look stupid. Therefore, have people who have been involved in accidents to show their injuries
- Integrate fluo as new colours
- There are some helmets how look like scarves, they go over your head when you fall like airbags. Make them cheaper
- Make them stylish
- Invisible fluo jackets and helmets
- Take a lot of pictures of celebrities with helmets to show it is trendy
- Fluorize the seems of clothes
- Give a free meal when you wear them a whole week
- At traffic controls, you get a free cinema ticket when you wear fluo
- More fancy models of helmets (music groups, pictures of nice things, …)
- More publicity for brand ‘nutcase’ (universal helmets)
- Instead of using fluo, we can use ‘glow in the dark stickers”
- make some ads that shows how dangerous it is to ride without helmets
- make famous people wear these things
- organise a competition to design more fashionable helmets, fluo jackets, etc.
- give away white helmets, so you can design it yourself
- make every one to wear them, so everybody looks stupid
- lights on the helmets
- make them in brands like Louis Vitton, Dsuared; Dior, ..
- make a headphone inside
- neon light on the bike
- make the wheels fluo
- get clothes that keep you dry, that’s a good start
- if it looks good, it feels good !
How could the attitude of youngster be changed concerning their mobility between home-school, home workplace ?
- More bike parking spaces at school, work, etc
- Make better bikes
- Better and safer bike roads
- Give people money if they use the bike
- Parents tell them to change attitude
- Make a motor on bikes
- Free repair places in the city
- Make bikes more comfortable
- Higher wages for those who bike
- In stead of busses, pick up people with the bike so they can bike in large groups, which is safer
- Get 10% points at tests
- The student who goes the most to school by bike gets a price
- Higher bonuses when you cycle to work
- Make contests with something worthwhile winning (travelling, …)
- Workshops where you can learn how to repair your bike
- More meeting places for cars where you can drive-off to work
- Less parking spaces so you have no choice but to share one car
- Happy hippie bus
- No home work for cyclists = more time to cycle
- Biking in group = safer, funnier, ecological
Which app’s could be used by a local government to promote sustainable mobility ?
- Gps for bikes
- Shows bikes on your phone
- Beacon for bike mal function
- There are most likely several apps used for keeping fit/losing weight, etc. just use one of those apps to keep people mobile and healthy
- Create an app where people put their information on and the app makes a route and who you have to pick up …
- Make an app which shows how many calories you use during a bike ride
- City wide score board + prices
- Intranet biking like internet dating
- An app that shows the safest bike route
Euro-bike brengt bezoek aan Gent
Eurobike is een Europees project (Comenius) dat focust op ecologie, duurzaamheid en milieu. Het is een samenwerking tussen scholen uit Oostenrijk, België, Kroatië, Nederland, Polen, Zweden, Slovakije en Slovenië.
Het hoofddoel van deze samenwerking is het promoten van de fiets als duurzaam vervoermiddel voor dagelijks en recreatief gebruik. De verschillende scholen gaan bij elkaar op bezoek om te zien welke acties en middelen worden ingezet om aan fietspromotie te doen, om culturele uitwisseling te stimuleren en leerkrachten de kans te geven om verschillende onderwijssystemen binnen Europa met elkaar te vergelijken en van elkaar te leren.
Het Freinetatheneum De Wingerd organiseert de tweede projectmeeting van 12-16 februari en heeft een programma opgesteld dat zowel op inhoudelijk, sportief, recreatief en toeristisch vlak een meerwaarde biedt. Het programma ziet er als volgt uit :
||Team building en fietstochtVoorstellingsronde van de groepen
||Blaarmeersen en BougoyenDe Wingerd
||’s morgens ontvangst op het stadhuis en workshop over duurzame mobiliteit’s middags bezoek aan Gent
||’s morgens indoor fietsen’s middags bezoek aan fietshandelaars en fietsherstelplaats’s avonds evaluatievergadering
||Velodroom Eddy MerckxGent centrum
Graag nodigen we de pers uit op de ontvangst op het Stadhuis op dinsdag 14 februari 2012 van 9.30 tot 12 uur. De bijeenkomst vindt plaats in de Gemeenteraadszaal en het Oostenrijks salon.
Meer info :
Geert Baudoncq, directie
Freinetatheneum De Wingerd
( 09 234 12 53
Mobiliteitsbedrijf Stad Gent,
Sint-Michielsplein 9 – 9000 Gent
tel. 09 266 28 00 – fax 09 266 28 99 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.mobiliteitgent.be
Verantwoordelijke Schepen :
Martine De Regge, Schepen van Openbare Werken en Mobiliteit
Rudy Coddens, Schepen van Onderwijs
Promoting cycling an walking in Gent (PowerPoint Presentation)