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    VUB by bike

    Biking in Brussels is on the rise! The VUB wants to do all it can to support this trend. 

    Bicycle shed

    Bike racks

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: U-residence, building B, building D, building Q and building K
    • Brussels Health Campus: building R, building G/H and building K

    Closed bicycle shed

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: underground car park buildings B/C, request access with an electronic key:
      • Security deposit: 35 euros (= price of the electronic key). This deposit is not refundable when you lose the key.
      • Procedure
        • Transfer the deposit on the account of the VUB (BE02 0010 3765 1840) with the structured message 'WT45 MCWER4' + 'your name'. Please make sure the structured message is correct, otherwise the money will end up elsewhere and we will not be able to retrieve it.
        • E-mail the account statement and the user regulations to milieu@vub.ac.be
        • When the electronic key has arrived, we will let you know via e-mail or telephone. Then you can pick up your key at the Security.
      • Handing in the key: if you no longer wish to use the closed bicycle sheds (for example when you graduate), you should hand in the electronic key at the Prevention and Environment Department and we will refund your deposit.
    • Brussels Technology Campus: central closed bicycle shed on the parking.
    • Brussels Health Campus: in building B/C, request access via the parking badge (information only in Dutch)

    Showering

    After cycling you can take a free shower:

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: at the Sports Complex after presenting your sports card (€5, to be bought at the Sport Service)
    • Brussels Health Campus: building B (changing rooms of the Kinetiek, with lockers)

    VUB bike kit

    If you frequently go to the campus by bike, you can ask for a bike kit, including a fluorescent vest, rain cover, leg straps, a cycling map, .... Interested? Send an e-mail to greenteam@vub.be and they will put together a bike kit for you.

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: GreenTeam office, room E.208
    • Brussels Health Campus: reception desk of the medical library.
    • Brussels Technology  Campus: reception desk in building A, Nijverheidskaai 170, 1070 Brussels.

    Biking between campuses

    Brussels is becoming ever more bicycle-friendly. When you’re on a bike you control your own travel time, regardless of traffic jams.

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus - Brussels Health Campus: ca. 11km (25 minutes)
    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus  - Brussels Technology  Campus: ca. 7,5 km (30 minutes)
    • Brussels Health Campus - Brussels Technology  Campus: ca. 6,5 km (26 minutes)

    Discover your route with the active modes map which you can request with your mobility manager.

    Bicycle Study Group

    • Where? Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus and Brussels Health Campus.
    • What? The study group encourages cycling en supports universitary policy in the making of bicycle friendly choices.
    • Participating, getting informed and suggestions via fiets@vub.ac.be

    Finding your way by bike

    If you're new to biking in Brussels, you might need help finding your way in the urban maze. 

    Biking routes

    The Active Modes Map comes in a handy, pocket-size format in Dutch, French and English. Get your map on every mobility event or:

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: via your Mobility Manager.
    • Brussels Health Campus: at the front desk of the Medical library
    • Brussels Technology Campus: at the groundfloor of building A, Nijverheidskaai 170, 1070 Brussel

    This map contains walking and biking routes through Brussels, travel times between main landmarks, traffic-free zones and a 60km long green hike through the city.

    Biking coach

    You want to explore Brussels by bike but you would like some personal guidance? Find it through these initiatives:

    • Bike Experience: receive personal advice from a coach who knows your cycling route like the back of his hand.
    • VUB bicycle school for students and staff: go cycling in group and learn good cycling behaviour in Brussels' busy traffic. Contact the Mobility Manager.
    • Just moved to Brussels? Ask the Mobility Manager to help find you a godmother or godfather to advise you on a cycling route. 

    Rent-a-bike

    You don't have to own a bike to ride one.

    Biking Hub Triomflaan

    This workshop rents out citybikes and mountainbikes for a period of 1 day to 1 year, with a discount if you represent your studentcard.

    • Where? Triomflaan 40 1160 Oudergem
    • Opening hours? Tuesday to Thursday from 1 - 5.30 PM, Friday from 4 - 8 PM.
    • More information on voot.be/velo.  

    Villo

    Do you need a bike in Brussels for only a short while? Use a Villo rental bike. You pick up a Villo bicycle from a Villo hub and leave it at another Villo hub, elsewhere in the city. Most Villo hubs are located near public transport stops.

    • Cost? €34,70 for an annual subscription, but thanks to the Villo-action of Br(ik you get a discount of 50%. Daycards (€1.60) or weekcards (€8.20) can be bought at the terminal at the Villo hub.

    You can find Villo-hubs close to campus on the following maps

    Swapfiets

    With a Swapfiets subscription, you never again have to worry about a broken bicycle. For a fixed monthly fee you get a Swapfiets ánd the guarantee it will always work.

    How does it work?

    • Order your swapfiets online and you will get it delivered for free. You can even decide where and when.
    • If your swapfiets breaks down or gets stolen, they will come to you to repair it or 'swap' it with a working one within 1 day.
    • Students pay a montly fee of 15 euros for the Swapfiets subscription.
    • Did your bike get stolen? If your bike was locked properly, you only pay 60 euros deductible. The remaining costs are covered by the cycle insurance of Swapfiets.
    • The termination period of the subscription is 1 month.

    More information on the Swapfiets website >>>

    Blue-bike

    Blue-bike, the blue rental bikes of railways, is available in 42 stations in Belgium. 

    An annual subscription costs 12 euros and a ride costs a maximum of 3.15 euros for the first 24 hours.

    Visit the website of Blue-bike for more inromation >>>

    Folding bikes to rent

    A biking hub (Fietspunt) rents out, maintains and repairs (folding) bikes.

    To be on the safe side, call beforehand to reserve your bike so that it will be waiting for you. 

    Bike repair

    Bike maintenance and repair possibilities.

    BikeTool

    Bike repair columns (bicyle pump and repair keys):

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: Esplanade, near to Student Information (building D)
    • Brussels Health Campus: main entrance building A

    Bike repair kit (tire patches and glue):

    • Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus: Student Information (building D, entrance hall)
    • Brussels Health Campus: reception Medical library

    Biking Hub Triomflaan

    The Biking Hub Atelier de la rue Voot is located near the Brussels Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus makes small and big bike-repairs.

    • Cost? On presentation of your student card, merely €5 (+cost of material) for small repairs and €8 for larger repairs. 
    • Other services? Purchasing of locks (€30), lights (€15) and engraving of your bike (free). 
    • Where? Triomflaan 40 – 1160 Oudergem
    • Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 1 - 5.30 PM, Friday from 4 - 8 PM (alternative opening hours during vacations).
    • More information on voot.be/velo (available in French only)

    Biking Hub Jette

    The Velofixer, a bicycle repairman who brings his mobile workshop, visits the Brussels Health Campus three times a year. You only pay for material costs (payment with bancontact is possible).

    If you want to be informed when the Velofixer drops by, contact the Mobility Manager.

    Comprehensive insurance for new bicycles

    Insurance packages have been launched on the Belgian market providing comprehensive insurance for newly purchased bicycles (sometimes up to a year after the invoice date).