“I have a kid now and I want to take her to kindergarten by bike. We have too many cars in Brussels and it is crazy. But it is changed by us, little by little. It is a short daily trip. The trip to kindergarten is maybe seven minutes. It is a lot further when I use the car. It takes me 25 minutes to get to the European Parliament by bike. By public transport, with the transfers, it takes an hour. I am a photographer and when I have assignments in different parts of the city, I guess I will just ride there. This is the solution.”
Essential additions: When I posted the first picture yesterday, the subject wrote back to tell me she had crashed her bike and broken her wrist. It was a combination of wet weather, a bus too close and tram tracks to negotiate. The combination brought the fall and injury.
“So I need to be a little bit more confident before I get my daughter on board with me. I feel sometimes like it is a war on the streets in Brussels. It is a mixed feeling, but I like [riding] and feel like it is a necessity to ride a bike now.
Photographer’s Notes: It should be said, I have had two posts in three days with people who have had accidents on their bikes. Absolutely not intentional. Well, the first I knew as I posted. The second was told to me after the piece was posted. But funny how coincidences happen. For all the coming images, I hope it does not run in threes.