Each occasionally somebody comes alongside and reveals that we are able to do issues in a different way. A type of folks is BBC Information overseas correspondent Anna Holligan.
Yesterday, Holligan posted a video on Twitter to deliver us the each day information replace from the Netherlands as she cycled alongside.
Test it out beneath.
Dutch information from the cycle path.
Early version. pic.twitter.com/7ShdDaTzLk
— anna holligan 🎙 (@annaholligan) May 3, 2021
I had only one query: Why?
For Holligan, the thought got here in a second of serendipitous inspiration. After seeing her colleague Adam Fleming shoot the political headlines from Westminster on his telephone, “it occurred to me I might do precisely the identical from my bike as I cycle,” she tells me.
In case you weren’t conscious, there are fairly hefty fines (€95 [$114]) for utilizing your telephone whereas biking within the Netherlands. Nevertheless, Holligan has an answer that’s 100% authorized: a selfie stick! Lastly, somebody is doing one thing helpful with one.
The selfie stick is connected to the handlebars of her cargo bike or bakfiets for the Dutch, and it means she will be able to stay in full management of the bike as she cycles alongside.
A Rode lapel mic with wind protect into her telephone takes care of the audio.
“After which [I] cycle and share the tales,” Holligan mentioned. “I feel it’s cool how the tech permits to do one thing fairly progressive with such ease.”
“Some folks have mentioned it seems to be harmful, however I’m actually doing the identical as if I used to be biking and chatting to a good friend,” Holligan added.
It’s a privilege and an actual pleasure to share one thing that might encourage others and entails combining two duties I used to be doing anyway, to create one thing a bit totally different.
Certainly, to non-Dutch eyes it can look fairly novel, even perhaps startling to see such a contraption strapped to a bicycle.
However in the event you’ve spent any time within the Netherlands you’ll understand it’s fairly frequent for folks to do all method of issues whereas biking. I as soon as noticed a person gentle a cigarette whereas counting wads of money as he cycled alongside. I’m nonetheless sure he had a 3rd hand.
Certainly, for Holligan, it’s not nearly sharing the headlines. She additionally desires to share the “unbelievable, world-enviable cycle paths we’ve right here within the Netherlands.”
And Holligan’s bought a degree. I couldn’t title one other place the place you could possibly do one thing like this. Attempt doing this in central London or New York as vehicles cross you by with inches to spare.
As an alternative, in Holland we get the information set to a backdrop of a peaceable bike trip, cherry blossom, and the quiet hum of an electrical cargo bike. It’s a serene, and stylish way of life and doing enterprise.
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