Grand Depart attraction takes Schaerbeek residents up in the air

Grand Depart attraction takes Schaerbeek residents up in the air
A biking attraction in Schaerbeek is drawing attention and criticism from the municipality's residents. Credit: Schaerbeek 1030 Schaarbeek/Facebook

As professional cyclists ride down below, an installation set up by the municipality of Schaerbeek to mark the passage of the Tour de France through Brussels is seeing some residents cycle to greater heights, all the while drawing sharp criticism from others.

Set up in Schaerbeek's Parc Josaphat, Sky Bikes allows four users at a time to engage in a race to a finish line set 60 metres above the ground, as they pedal atop a bicycle attached to a crane.

The free attraction has drawn the attention of residents and authorities alike and will be available through Sunday as part of a series of events and animations organised in the park during Grand Départ weekend.

On Sunday, one section of the race is set to pass through Schaerbeek's Boulevard Lambermont.

But the installation has also drawn sharp criticism from some Schaerbeek residents, who called out municipal Alderman for Sports Thomas Eraly over the municipality's perceived poor cycling and traffic infrastructure after he took to Facebook to share his experience.

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