Velorution: changing the city, changing life
Article of RIPESS Europe newsletter, April 2023
Locally in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg’s second largest city with 36,000 inhabitants, the resistance is organized inspired by the Critical Mass movement. Cycling movement that began in the 1990s in San Francisco, USA, and has spread around the world. It is an informal gathering of cyclists who meet once a month to promote the use of cycling as a sustainable means of urban transport and to raise public and political awareness on the issues related to motor traffic, such as pollution, congestion and road accidents.
Thus, a few years ago, the Vélorution Esch was born from this collective action with the aim of showing that cyclists also have their place on the roads and that they need to be considered as legitimate users. But above all, to rethink the spaces of the city, urban planning, and the cities of tomorrow. In addition, other pro-bike associations have developed and started to federate to demand more space for cyclists.