CURRENT (AND PREVIOUS) FUNCTION: Bas de Geus obtained his PhD in Physical Education and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in September 2007 and is currently a post-doctoral researcher and professor at the research group Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy, Faculty LK of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
RESEARCH AREA: Bas's research focuses on the physical and mental health aspects of using the bicycle as a means of transport. Within this line of research the positive effects of physical activity as well as the negative effects of exposure to air pollution and the consequences of cycling accidents are examined. Recently research has also been done on 'anger' of cyclists and psycho-social variables of bicycles for transport. These studies focus on adolescents, adults and the elderly. Bas is also involved in studies on measuring workload and intensity during professional activities. Bas is also interested in the question of how the population can be involved in scientific research and how researchers can transfer knowledge to a non-scientific public (citizen-science).
CURRENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Bas's current research is mainly focused on the causes of cycling accidents in adults with a specific focus on seniors. Soon a study will start that will do an analysis of the media to investigate whether the reporting on cycling is positive or negative.
PRACTICAL APPLICABILITY: With these insights we can advise individual cyclists, engineers, NGOs, policymakers and everyone involved in cycling about the impact of cycling as a means of transport. With the studies in the professional activities, we can give employers and employees a better insight into the burden of certain professional activities in order to reduce the risk of overload injuries.