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BRUSSELS, Belgium (23 May 2000)–On 11 May Dutch bike maker Batavus presented 10 company bikes to the European Commission (EC) in Brussels. The move underlines the importance the European Commission places on environmentally-friendly forms of individual mobility and home-work traffic. The 10 Batavus Personal Bikes were presented free of charge to the EC for transporation […]

BRUSSELS, Belgium (23 May 2000)–On 11 May Dutch bike maker Batavus presented 10 company bikes to the European Commission (EC) in Brussels. The move underlines the importance the European Commission places on environmentally-friendly forms of individual mobility and home-work traffic.
The 10 Batavus Personal Bikes were presented free of charge to the EC for transporation between the various Commission buildings in the Belgian capital. According to a Batavus press release, it is just a small contribution to reducing the traffic congestion in Brussels. The move comes at a time when the European Commission itself is upping its focus on environmentally-friendly transporation. The EC just recently published a brochure on the use of bicycles in cities and villages.
The initiative was organized by the Brussels office of the Dutch VVD (Peoples’ Party for Freedom and Democracy) together with Batavus. Both Batavus and the VVD are lobbying to increase the fiscal advantages provided by the European government for using the bicycle for commuting between home and work. (JW)

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