For a long time, I've tried to do my 60km commute as often by bike as possible. But I'm on the other side of the “magical” or “big” 50 now and struggling a bit with my body. So more and more people ask me why I don’t buy an electric assist bike. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about it now and then, but I don’t like the thought of it.
More and more e-bikes are making their way on the bike lanes. Young and old have embraced the bicycle with power assisted pedaling. But also more often, it looks like the e-bike riders can’t really deal with the difference in speed on the bike lane (specially the 45 kph pedelecs) or they think they have more rights than others. It seems like the e-bike doesn’t go well with social cycling. Ad to that that commercially there's hardly any attention for other bicycles, and that is why I don’t like e-bikes. 😐
As some of you might know by now, I am from Zeelandic Flanders or Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. And proud of it! A beautiful part of The Netherlands (just!) Shielded by the Western Skeldt (Westerschelde) on the north, Belgium border on the south and divided into two by the channel from Gent to Terneuzen (or from Terneuzen to Gent if you so desire. 😉
It’s an area with history, several dialects, beautiful scenery (photo’s of which I’ll post with my cycling and walking posts) and proud people. Who often tend to be more Flemish than dutch, despite the lyrics in the anthem. We also have an everlasting love / hate relationship with the Belgians and the dutch and even the Germans! 😛
I know, listening to music while cycling is a touchy subject. A lot has been said about it on the net (even some seriously overheated debates), but it's a common sight on the streets and bicycle lanes these days. And yes, I listen to music while cycling too. Mostly on my morning commute that is. At 3:30 am there's not much traffic about, and other road users can easily be seen by their lights. So the music isn't that much of a distraction. The only part of my morning commute where I turn the music off, is while riding through the woods. No music can beat the singing of the birds. ;)
In de duisternis van de nacht
zoals bij een dip in het leven
Vind je altijd wel een lichtpuntje
maar het zoeken duurt soms even.