Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Background on Dr Paul Martin - one of our speakers our electric bicycle meeting

Dr Paul Martin is a Specialist Anaesthetist who for the past 9 months has been riding a bicycle for transport instead of taking the car - commuting, grocery shopping, going to restaurants, you name it!

His first difficulty was finding a bicycle that was suitable for this task - in a country where most bicycles are sports equipment or toys. In this search, he discovered the electric assist bicycle; in his case a Dutch built e-bike. This allows him to overcome the last few obstacles when traveling by bicycle in his normal clothes - the heat, humidity and hills. He is a strong advocate of cycling for transport - normal folk in normal clothes - and believes that the key to urban cycling is quality infrastructure and not emphasising cycling as a 'dangerous' sporting activity only, requiring special equipment and safety gear.

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