For the first bike, she went electric

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - First time cyclist photographered at horn near Gare Midi

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – First time rider joins the ranks of cyclists using a bike for daily routine

“I bought my bike three days ago. This is only the second day riding it. I do not like to drive a car in Brussels, I hate it. But I needed transportation and the public transport is so bad. This is an electric bike and I am not too sporty and thought this would be the way to go. It is a cold time to start. I wanted to start in September but did not find the right bike. And then there were the sales and so I got this with a reduction.”

Photographer’s notes: This rider has had a gap of over a decade between her last bike and now but has made the decision to return to the roads as a cyclist. I rather admire that leap into the two-wheeled community. When I came across her, she was negotiating a difficult cobweb intersection near the Gare Midi train station. A flood of cars and unclear passageways can be intimidating for all but the most confident rider. We exchanged tips on how to negotiate the spaces, when to use sidewalks and opt out of the vehicular paths. Hopefully, as time passes, confidence will rise.


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