Now is the time to improve cycling safety and a Bicycle Mayor can make a difference in this town. I am creative and love to ride the bicycle. I don’t own a car. I am a father who wishes my children can ride on their bicycles safely through the city to school. Cycling for me is about freedom, about choices and being independent.
How would you describe your mission?
I want to improve cycling safety through the city, especially for kids from the ages of 10-14, because they are the most vulnerable. I want to research and develop a platform for the future for speed bicycles through the city. Infrastructure and bottlenecks which can be solved by working together with stakeholders with shared interests. I want to make companies aware of their social involvement and responsibility to stimulate bicycle riding in every way possible.
What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?
The biggest obstacle is lack of faith that positive changes are possible and the unfamiliarity with the Bicycle Mayor. That’s my challenge, create faith and become well-known so I can initiate improvements in the short-term and create improvements for the long-term.
What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?
I want to build a workable network, communicate through social media about what I can do – what I did. I also wish to become visible in Eindhoven and connect with organizations, companies, schools and the municipality.
What can other cities learn from your city?
Know the necessities of your town, listen to everyone.
Combine stakeholders to create positive solutions.
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