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Björn Rzoska, a Green member of the Flemish parliament, lives around 50km from the parliament building. He rides a pedelec made by the Swiss company Stromer. A pedelec is the name given to an electrically-boosted bicycle, and its ability to reach speeds of 45 km/h means it is categorised as a moped under Belgian law, requiring the rider to wear a moped helmet.
But energy use, emissions and noise are lower than those of mopeds and motorcycles, hence the potential for pedelecs to be used in reducing the environmental impact of commuting. This is part of Rotthier’s research, along with a look at safety issues, its effect on health, and other aspects of pedelec use.
A short video (in Flemish) on the start of the experiment is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7ypQGXpOQc