Thank you for your interest in a social view on cycling! My name is Angela van der Kloof and I’ve cycled since I was little, like most children in the Netherlands. It was never anything special to me, until one day in april 1991.
I was 22 years old and started a voluntary position to teach women in my city to ride a cycle. It was a migrant women’s organization where there was a waiting list for the bicycle lessons, hence the need for extra volunteers to help more women ride cycles.
Until then I just used a cycle to get to school, to visit friends or my grand parents, to go grocery shopping, or to the swimming pool or a pub. But when I started to teach migrant and refugee women to ride a cycle it became clear to me that I had a lot of unconscious cycling competences.
It is 30 years later now and since 2008 I work as an international consultant with Mobycon. Through this work I learn about cycling in different countries and cities first hand. I also like to read from authors from around the globe and this inspires me to see things from different perspectives and to develop my ideas.
I hope that my view is a feast of recognition for you, or helps you to understand the world of cycling from a new perspective. Either way, I like to think and write about cycling from a social perspective!