The lesser impact of a transport strike on cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man in orange jacket w his b-twin bicycle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Belgium started a two-day transport strike yesterday. A great opportunity to find more cyclists… I thought.

“I am always dressed like this.  I ride every day and it has been a good ten years I have been riding now. Always in Brussels. I have the work placements here. But on the weekend, I ride as well. For my pleasure. I have two bikes.  A city bike, but also something more adapted for the weekend. It is the speed that is the best about a bike in the city. With my job I have to get to different locations through the day.  If I the do the same journey from home to work by car, I can add a good quarter to an hour to the trip.”

Photographer’s note: I as out and about on the first of two days of a Belgium transport strike. A great time to look for cyclists. I expected to find a collection of people resorting to two wheels to get around during the transport lull. Instead, every cyclist I spoke to was already a determined cyclist. The strike seemed to have no impact.

Of course, the strike was not country-wide, some major lines were still open, and some people may have preferred to stay home. But I did enjoy the casual awareness the cyclists had to the strike – and the ease they managed to continue with their daily lives.

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