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Belgium: Not As Rosy As It Seems In The Motorcycle World

23
July
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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A few months ago we wrote about how things were looking up in Belgium for the motorcycle world (Belgium: Changes For Motorcycle Riders - Good Ones Open link in a new window). With some progressive and well thought-out laws in favor for bikers, it was a good step in the right direction.

But that is not how the political world works, is it now? On the 11th of June, the State Council cancelled a Royal Decree allowing motorcycles to park on the sidewalks, as long as they left 1.5 meters of space for pedestrians. The Royal decree was very reasonable, a win-win for everyone.

It looks like the mistake the Belgium government made (remember that in those days there was none, it was the civil servants who were running things), was not talk to the big cities about their plans for these new laws, in particular Brussels. The Brussels administration, in this case Brigitte Grouwels Open Brigitte Grouwels link in a new window, did not like the idea that motorcycles were allowed to park on HER sidewalks, and went to court. She won, and the state was fined €175 and lawyer costs.

Brigitte Grouwels
Brigitte Grouwels

So now no-one is allowed to park their motorcycle or scooter on the sidewalk. But neither will this woman place any more motorcycle parking spaces for bikers to park, so they will need to take the place of a car, as if there are enough of those around....

All because a fragile ego got hurt... (Thanks for the tip Jerry R.)

Via: DH



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