Saturday with plastic bags and the weekend chores

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man carrying groceries on his bicycle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – And, if you lack panniers, those plastic bags make for a simple solution…

“It is always like this for me. Every weekend. We have two cars at the house but, in the city, if I take the bike, this takes about an hour. If you take the car, there are no parking spaces, or you get a ticket. So it is just better by bike.”

Photographers’s notes: Even without panniers, a few plastic bags slipped over the handlebars and everything gets easier. And the reality starts to take hold that, in cities, bikes are, and always will be, faster than cars. That is the modern reality. In the core area of the city, there is almost no spare parking. Brussels is a city where, from the centre, though Molenbeek and Schaerbeek, double parking is commonplace. I mean, it is everywhere.

What is also a constant is the lack of bicycle facilities. People lock their bikes to poles and fences as proper parking spaces are simply not there.

It becomes a bit of the chicken and egg scenario. Do you build infrastructure for the cyclists that are there, or to attract cyclists? The commonplace reason why bicycle bays are not installed is because there are not enough cyclists.

I still swear that, if there was more infrastructure, there would be more cyclists. Meanwhile, people make do.

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