We have been motivating our visitors to travel to Brussels by public transport for many years now. That’s why, the day of your concert, you can travel for free on Brussels’ tram and metro network with the MIVB Event Pass. Then there’s the NMBS code on your ticket that you can use to purchase a discounted e-train ticket. But what about our own employees? Do we ourselves make enough effort to get to work in an environmentally friendly fashion? We take a look at the home-work routines of 6 of our employees.
1. Yves Wullaert, caretaker, swims from the stairs.
Did you know that there is a beautiful apartment integrated into the AB building? Our caretaker, Yves Wullaert, lives there with his family. Naturally, he uses the most minmal amount of energy of all of us to get to his work: every morning he travels down 17 steps. Even so, he still tries to keep the trip interesting… every now and then he swims down, for example.
This situation is ideal for Yves and he wouldn’t want it any other way. The separation between work and private life remains perfectly possible, despite the small distance.
NAME: Yves Wullaert (better known as Willy)
DISTANCE TO WORK: 17 steps
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: on foot
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2. Eric Meersmans, boss of AB Café/Hospitality, cycles 25km.
Eric regularly arrives in Brussels by bike. This is how he stays fit for the annual 1000km for Kom Op Tegen Kanker and he’s entirely awake by the time he starts a new work day. His route Mechelen-Brussels is never boring, you have to stay alert at all times.
NAME: Eric Meersmans
FUNCTION: Proprietor of AB Café (together with Bruno Van Daele)
DISTANCE TO WORK: 25 km
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: bicycle
TIPS: Want to support our AB Café team during the 1000km for Kom Op Tegen Kanker? You can do so via this link.
Feel like cycling around in Brussels yourself? Via this link you can check out your route.
3. Pierre Berger, marketing manager, sold his car and makes use of alternative forms of transport.
Pierre has been working in AB for a half year now and has sold his car since starting. After all, his route Vorst-Anspachlaan is perfectly possible by bike. In bad weather he makes use of Scooty, shared electric scooters in Brussels.
NAME: Pierre Berger
FUNCTION: Marketing Manager
DISTANCE TO WORK: 8 km
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: bicycle / moped
TIP: Share a scooter via this link.
4. Renaud Alenbergh, cleaning team, takes the old-school scooter to work.
Renaud is currently awaiting a new ‘trottinette’. At the moment, he combines the tram with a moped, but in exactly a month he will be the proud owner of a brand shiny new model with which he can make his entire journey. He rides on both bike paths and roads and doesn’t feel unsafe there at all. In his free time he even takes his dog Lola – a Maltese & Chihuahua mix - along on his adventures, in a carry bag.
NAME: Renaud Alenbergh
FUNCTION: Cleaning Team
DISTANCE TO WORK: 8 km
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: tram / moped
TIP: On every AB concert ticket you will find an Event Pass that entitles you to the use of tram, bus and metro on the day of your concert. Click here for more information.
5. Ilke Cop, storytelling, lets the weather decide if she cycles, walks or takes the metro.
Ilke looks at the sky in the morning and then decides how she’s going to get to AB. On a sunny day she mounts her metal steed, if there’s a strong westerly coming in then she walks, and in the event of rain she ducks into the metro.
NAME: Ilke Cop
FUNCTION: Social Media - Storytelling
DISTANCE TO WORK: 1.3 km
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: metro / bicycle / on foot
TIP: Looking for a bike for a brief tour of Brussels? Click here!
6. Eva Nowé, communications officer, treint naar AB.
Eva departs every morning with the train from Ghent. Her trip takes about 40 minutes and forms the ideal moment to immerse herself in the better literary works. Jane Austen, Camus, Virginia Woolf, Flaubert, Kafka, Nabokov, Marguerite Yourcenar… : thanks to NMBS, she has discovered the world’s most important literary works.
NAME: Eva Nowé
FUNCTION: Communications Officer
DISTANCE TO WORK: 50 km
MEANS OF TRANSPORT: train
TIP: With the NMBS e-train ticket you pay only €9.60 for a return trip to Brussels Central from any station in Belgium. Click here for mor information.