Learn to bike and keep on cycling
Bring yourself, Jelle will do the sameJelle Bakker is 27 years old. He is Bicycle Mayor of Utrecht.
I work at SportUtrecht, where I already had a job as a cycling instructor for adults during my studies. My work has really shown me what cycling can do for people; it gives them so much more space and freedom. For example, I am involved in a project where, with plenty of personal attention and patience, we try to teach children in special education to cycle. That way, they won’t need a special bus to take them to school anymore. Another project focuses on the elderly. When seniors stop cycling, it has an enormous effect on their lives, both from a mobility aspect and socially. By giving them exercises and tips, they can safely and confidently stay in the saddle for many more years.
Personally, I hope that La Vuelta will act as a springboard for the duo bike initiative.
Having La Vuelta in Utrecht is major event, of course. The whole city is crackling with energy. But what’s even better is that it can also lead to many great new things. For example, when the Tour de France started in Utrecht in 2015, it inspired the foundation of the Utrecht Bike Community, and bike lessons were given throughout the city. So we’re already looking forward to the moment when the dust has settled. Personally, I hope that La Vuelta will act as a springboard for the duo bike initiative.
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