NowWeBike tour ends in Brussels


The three ambitious cyclists that made up the NowWeBike tour have finally arrived to Brussels after having cycled on 2,700km across the continent on EuroVelo routes. Their arrival coincided with MOVEWeek and the ECF’s Secretary General Dr Bernhard Ensink was on hand to give them a warm welcome.

The NowWeBike team, which consisted of Feridun Ekmekci, Adnan Çangir and Emel Çalkam, had cycled all the way from Turkey to Brussels, Belgium over 48 days on several different EuroVelo routes, promoting physical activity.  A number of different side events were organised along the route targeting media as well as regional and local governing bodies. These events raised consciousness on the benefits of using bicycles for health, sustainable vacations and as a transport mode for day-to-day mobility. By speaking to local people and telling them their personal stories, the cyclists presented a convincing argument!
DSC_0240-580x386The ride inspired the team to try and extend the EuroVelo network back home in Turkey: “We were surprised by the good infrastructure of the EuroVelo routes. Extending the network to Turkey could both strengthen sustainable tourism and help to increase citizens’ health by cycling to work on these routes for example”, the NowWeBike team underlined.
This intensive and highly enriching experience was accompanied by unforgettable moments, as Emel Calkam recalled: “We met very hospitable people on our way. One day we met a freshly married couple on their cycling honeymoon. They have invited us to sleep at their house at the end of their trip. We were astonished by that cordial welcome”.
DSC_0313-580x386The welcoming event formed part of MOVEWeek and was attended by the ECF’s Secretary General, Dr Bernhard Ensink,  together with Secretary General of the International Culture and Sport Association (ISCA), Jacob Schouenborg, who both congratulated the team on their remarkable effort.

Both the ride and MOVEWeek itself were great success and encouraged more people to MOVE!

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