“176 euros monthly to take my bike on the practice!”: indignant commuters castigate SNCB tariffs

“176 euros monthly to take my bike on the practice!”: indignant commuters castigate SNCB tariffs

Touring by bike to get to numerous actions is changing into an increasing number of common in Belgium. Some cyclists take their bikes on board the practice day by day, and for some, the value set by SNCB needs to be reviewed.

Alicia, who contacted our editorial employees by way of the orange Alert us button, was just lately stunned by the quantity requested from her husband. “For budgetary and ecological causes, my husband determined to go to his workplace by practice. He buys a subscription at 95 euros monthly, to date, it is affordable, besides that on D-Day, when he arrives on the station together with his bike, he has been requested for an additional €4 per journey together with his bike on the practice, so €8 per day to take his bike… i.e. €176 monthly + €95 subscription. What is the level of in search of ecological alternate options in Belgium? Nonetheless huge nonsense”, she writes.

To debate this tariff subject, we additionally met Laurent, a commuter who travels Brussels-Gembloux and Gembloux-Rhisnes day by day to additionally go to his workplace. He says he tailored to the value to have the ability to mix the practice and the bike.

“My job is in a zone proper subsequent door. And as I’m a website supervisor, I’ve to maneuver round and I exploit the identical strategies for all my journeys. If there are obstacles to taking the bike on the practice? It is dependent upon the traces. There are trains that are actually pre-equipped for biking. There are outdated trains during which you need to put the bikes on platforms. In any other case it is comparatively nicely developed now.” he believes.

Relating to the value of 4 euros to take a non-folding bike on the practice, Laurent provides that in line with him, “There are journeys for which it’s comparatively low cost. If you need to do Brussels-Luxembourg, 4 euros, in comparison with the value of the ticket (round twenty euros), it isn’t extreme. However because it’s the identical value for all of the journeys, it finally ends up being comparatively costly. If I take my bike day by day, it prices me as a lot as my season ticket. That is a number of hundred euros a month.”

His practice subscription prices him 170 euros monthly, for twenty days at work. “Add 8 euros a day for the bike, it will be 160 euros. It is about the identical value. It is a fairly large price and that is why I purchased a second folding bike (free, no additional to pay to take it on the practice) Every single day I take the folding bike and when I’ve to do lengthy journeys I take a extra comfy bike (8 euros per day) In the event that they provided a subscription at half value, at 80 euros for instance, I’d have stored my regular bike.”

On the facet of the SNCB, the spokesperson Elisa Roux confirms a craze for the bike-train mixture amongst commuters. She additionally signifies that there’s at the moment no deliberate reflection on tariffs.

The value of 4 euros could be very attention-grabbing for lengthy distances

“The very first thing to recollect is that taking your foldable bike on board the practice is free, as a result of you possibly can retailer it both beneath your seat or between two seats. Alternatively, for a non-folding bike, there might be 4 euros the journey. Why 4 euros? We see that when our customers take a non-folding bike on board the practice, it’s extra for a protracted distance. They are going to reasonably borrow a non-folding bike to go for a hike within the Ardennes or by the ocean. The value of 4 euros is then very attention-grabbing. To cowl quick distances, they may very nicely do it by bike”, says Elisa Roux.

Since June, to encourage this mixture on board every IC practice, which fits to the Coast or to the Ardennes, the SNCB says it needs to make sure that there’s a multifunctional automobile, which is added to the practice. “There might be 10 extra locations on all these trains. And now we have seen that quite a lot of vacationers take their bikes. There are 160,000 vacationers who took their bikes throughout July and August.”

And so as to add: “For non-folding bicycles, we need to improve the variety of areas. We are able to already say that by 2026, the variety of areas for non-folding bicycles will improve by virtually half. We’re at the moment at 4,500 areas and we’ll attain 6,800 areas for non-folding bicycles with the gradual arrival of the M7s, double-decker automobiles, which have a practical automobile, every time with 10 areas for bicycles.The variety of areas for bicycles will improve on board of our trains.”

For Luc Goffinet, undertaking supervisor at Gracq (Analysis and motion group for every day cyclists), taking the practice together with his bike is all the time a journey strewn with pitfalls.

“There are issues that work nicely and others not so nicely. There are good points within the practice + bike mixture, however there are nonetheless issues to enhance. What wants enchancment is the accessibility of trains. In lots of trains, the bicycle compartment can solely be opened by the practice attendant. Typically you await the practice attendant who just isn’t there, who’s on the different finish of the platform “, he factors out.

The complement needs to be proportional to the gap

The Gracq additionally asks that there be extra locations devoted to bicycles. “There are nonetheless trains with two bike hooks, which could be very few. SNCB made efforts final 12 months. We added some carriages and added just a few seats, however we will nonetheless do higher as a result of there are intervals when it’s actually inadequate.

Relating to the value set at 4 euros per journey to take a non-folding bike, Luc Goffinet believes that this complement needs to be “proportional to the gap. As a result of you possibly can very nicely make a really small journey and you’ll pay extra for the bike than for you. The contribution to the prices as such, doesn’t trigger us concern. Alternatively, the quantity… 4 euros to go to the ocean, it is not costly. However 4 euros to do 10km, it is actually loads.”

And to conclude: “There are different nations the place it pays to place your bike on the practice. That is not the issue. It is the quantity requested for brief distances. The ticket, we’ll now get it, both on-line, or in a merchandising machine, from one station to a different. We are able to make a ticket fairly simply with a variable value.”

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