Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The Belgian Federation of concerned and angry motorcyclists (Fédération Belge des Motards en colère et concernés (FBMC) have organized a “tag action” on the roads of Brussels and Walloon on Tuesday. Thousands of “imminent dangers” will be marked with florescent tracers. The group of motorcyclists will head towards Nivelles at around 2pm for a general demonstration. Around a hundred motorcyclists will head out in small groups on Tuesday at around 11am and hit the roads of 4 sectors (Brussels, Namur, Charleroi and Mons) for a ‘tag action’. Armed with florescent tracers, the participants will mark cracks, pot holes, bumps and other obstacles that are a danger to motorcyclists, but also other road users.
“It is evidently to save lives, but also to remind people that the Walloon region’s Road Plan II must be carried out”, explains the FMBC president, Joe Vereecke. “We have already met with the Walloon minister for public work, Maxime Prévot, twice. These constructive meetings allowed us to collaborate on imminent dangers, with repairs done quickly when motorcyclists spot dangers. But we are waiting to see if the minister keeps his promises”.
For the FBMC, the state of certain regional roads is catastrophic. In Ardenne, certain parts are unusable and the little Nivelles ring-road, where tag action participants will go on Tuesday, is particularly dangerous, for cars as well as motorcyclists. “Some cracks are so large I could park my bike in them without the stand. It’s been 13 years since a request was submitted to fix that sector”, adds Joe Vereecke.
Around a hundred motorcyclists are expected to take part in this action.