Belgian cyclist beats the bus
Published November 1, 2005 | by: Huib Zegers
He finds his legs more reliable than the number 7 bus. Hence Frederik Cocquyt mounts his bike for his daily commute between home in Blackrock and work in Dublin 4.
It is by no means an ordinary bike Frederik is using. No, the 24 year old technical helpdesk agent rides a bright red sports bike as he is a true Belgian. And Belgium, the fatherland of 'the Pele of cycling Eddy Merckx, is probably the only country in Europe where cycling is more popular than soccer. A fact which is reflected in Belgium's FIFA ranking (49).
During the fifty minutes per day the blond Belgian spends cycling on Dublin's roads he meets many motorists in a not too pleasant manner.
Nevertheless Frederik sticks to riding his bike as he finds the busses in Dublin too slow and unreliable and for his commute the DART is not really an option. And above all: the exercise is good for some one who spends more than eight hours per day in an office chair.
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