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Going Dutch

Posted on: October 9, 2011

I used to be an avid cyclist. When I was a teacher, I used to cycle to and from work despite Singapore’s humidity and callous drivers.

When I was a graduate student in Arizona, I cycled in the scorching desert heat. I’ve even had the misfortune of pedalling through one sandstorm. On better days, I would cycle from one city to another.

There I learnt to maintain my own bike (services were expensive) and I was furious when my first bike was stolen (probably to be sold to feed someone’s meth habit).

While pursuing a Ph.D. in Indiana, I cycled all year round. Through rain, sleet or snow, I would mount my trusty bike and navigate the hilly terrain of Bloomington. I’ll never forget cycling in falling (and fallen) snow and -25 degree Celsius air.

I actually felt sad when I sold my bicycle before leaving the USA and returning home.

Video source

Watching this Vimeo video makes me wish we could all go Dutch. We would probably lead healthier lives and commute on safer routes while reducing our carbon footprints.

Hmm, maybe it is time to try my bike helmet on again…

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