Bike sharing system for Van Raam wheelchair bike in Belgium

The municipality of Essen (in Flanders, Belgium) purchased a wheelchair bike at the beginning of July. This Van Raam VeloPlus wheelchair transport bike can be used free of charge by both tourists and Essen residents. In this way wheelchair users can also enjoy a bike ride through the green municipality. In cooperation with G-Sport the wheelchair bike has been purchased in a pilot program: wheelchair bikes for a bicycle sharing system.


Bicycle sharing system for Van Raam wheelchair bike in Essen Belgium
The VeloPlus wheelchair bike for the bike sharing system (photo: VVV Essen)

Pilot program bicycle sharing system Van Raam wheelchair transport bike VeloPlus

Because the municipality of Essen in Flanders considers it important that everyone can experience Essen outdoors, it bought an electric wheelchair bike VeloPlus. This way, wheelchair users can also enjoy a beautiful bike ride through the beautiful green municipality. Essen is the first municipality in Flanders where, in cooperation with G-sport Vlaanderen (G-sport Vlaanderen vzw is the platform to support and promote G-sport in Flanders. In Flanders they also call sport for persons with a disability G-sport), a pilot program of this free of charge wheelchair transport bike for everyone (both tourists and people from Essen) has started.

Brigitte Van Aert, alderman for Sport, Tourism, Health and G-policy, told the newspaper De Echo: "A wheelchair user is limited in his mobility. These people also have the right to enjoy a relaxing bike ride. We are very proud to be able to start this as a pilot municipality for the whole of Flanders".

There is a cooperation with residential care centre Sint-Michaël, where the wheelchair bike will also be placed. The employees of the residential care centre are ready to assist the cyclists. The residents of this residential care centre can also use the wheelchair bicycle. The pilot program will take two years, but the bicycle will remain in Essen municipality after this period. After that G-Sport Flanders hopes to introduce the system in several Flemish municipalities.

"A wheelchair user is limited in his mobility. These people also have the right to enjoy a relaxing bike ride."
First ride with bicycle sharing system VeloPlus in municipality Essen Belgium
Photo: VVV Essen

Video: first use wheelchair transport bike in Essen

In a video of De Echo (in Dutch/Flemish), 17-year-old Milan makes the first ride with his father Jan on the new wheelchair bike VeloPlus.

Father Jan tells De Echo: "It is a luxury to ride around with this wheelchair bike. The system is simple. The wheelchair is simply driven on a tilting platform and clicked into place. After that, the bike ride can start".

"It is a luxury to ride around with this wheelchair bike. The system is simple. The wheelchair is simply driven on a tilting platform and clicked into place. After that, the bike ride can start."

Video: wheelchair bike sharing system on Belgian TV

The Belgian television channel ATV has also shared a fragment about the bike sharing system. In the video more information is given about the wheelchair transport bike and the bike sharing system (in Dutch/Flemish).

Make a reservation for the wheelchair transport bike in Essen

If you want to cycle with the wheelchair bike, reserve the bike at least three days in advance. The bike will now be rented at most once a day, so that you can really enjoy it and don't have to look at the clock. The bike can be rented for free, but a deposit of 100 Euro is required. The Van Raam wheelchair transport bike can be rented via:

VVV De Tasberg
Moerkantsebaan 50
2910 Essen (België)
+32 (0)3 677 19 91

Van Raam VeloPlus wheelchair bike

About the VeloPlus

The VeloPlus is a wheelchair transport bike for wheelchair users. This bike is specially designed to transport people in their own wheelchair by bike. Almost every manually operated wheelchair, up to a width of 74 cm, can easily be rolled on the tilting platform of the VeloPlus. The wheelchair can then be locked to the bicycle. The steering front wheels ensure a smaller turning circle and a lot of stability while cycling.

The driver has a good overview of the road and the passenger. Optionally, the bicycle can also be delivered with pedal support. There is also the possibility for a reinforced frame. More information about the possibilities, such as options and accessories, can be read on the options page. For technical specifications and 360 degree photos, please visit the product page of the VeloPlus wheelchair bike.

More about the VeloPlus
Make a test ride at Van Raam or you dealer and get advice

Plan a test ride

Curious about the VeloPlus and interested to try this wheelchair bike yourself? This is possible in the showroom at Van Raam in Varsseveld, the Netherlands and at some Van Raam dealers in your area. During an appointment you will not only receive advice from a technical advisor but you will also have the opportunity to make a test ride on the Van Raam bicycle test track. Afterwards, you will receive a custom-made and no-obligation quote to take home with you. The bike can be ordered at a Van Raam dealer. Find a dealer in your area with our dealer locator.

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OPair wheelchair bike by Van Raam

View the OPair wheelchair bike

Besides the VeloPlus, Van Raam also has the OPair wheelchair bike. At the front of this bike a comfortable and adjustable seat has been made for the passenger and the driver has a good view of the passenger.
The slightly angled front wheels provide increased riding comfort and stability.
With the optional divisible version, the front part can be disconnected from the bicycle and can be used as a wheelchair. The OPair is also available with options such as electric pedal support.

More about the OPair