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The Red Cross banking on cycling and the ACL

Published on 29.08.2023

Some Red Cross employees are already doing their home visits by bike, with Doheem Versuegt carers the first to take up the challenge in both the capital and Nordstad.

The Red Cross’s home care department, Doheem Versuegt, is investing in a new way of reaching out to its patients that’s not only more environmentally friendly but also less stressful for employees, namely doing home visits by bike. "We’ve launched a trial period across two of our branches, these being Nordstad and Luxembourg City. Given the traffic and parking problems that our colleagues encounter on a daily basis in urban areas, we decided to give cycling a try", explains Christiane Koetz, head of the Nordstad branch and one of the driving forces behind the initiative.

And of course, the Red Cross turned to the ACL and the Maison du Cycliste to ensure that the employees in question, all of whom volunteered to take up the challenge, received the best possible training before getting on their bikes. In August, six nurses and care assistants from Doheem Versuegt took part in a cycle training session at the Mondercange karting track.

First and foremost, be clearly visible

"This training course entirely met our expectations in terms of road safety, and the practical exercises we got to work on in a safe environment like the karting track added real value”, says Tiago, who participated in the training. The volunteers have already cycled over 300km without incident since completing the course.

As well as providing a comprehensive reminder of the rules of the road as relevant to cyclists, the ACL’s cycle training is above all an opportunity to remind all cyclists of the importance of being clearly visible on the road. After all, as the instructor points out, “it's a matter of survival“. What's more, cycle training is also a practical way of learning how to get around town, as well as providing technical information on how electric bikes work.

The next cycling training session will take place on Friday 22 September in Mondercange from 8am to 12pm.

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