What do you do for a living?

I’m an eye surgeon at London Optegra Eye Hospital in Marylebone. I have been a consultant for 14 years, and trained at Moorfields.

What are you passionate about?

Lots of things including politics, the environment, recycling and a bit more fairness in the world. I teach my son how to recycle by not wasting anything where possible, and not to over- consume. I don’t own a car and cycle everywhere; if I need to use a car I am part of a car share arrangement.

How long have you been a cyclist?

Having Dutch origins, I have cycled all my life, it’s part of our culture. I used to cycle 26km each day to work, it’s normal there. I have lived all over the world, and always choose cycling as my main form of transport wherever possible.

What bike are you riding?

I am riding a Momentum Electric bicycle, which I use everyday around London. I have attached a Dutch style pillow and foot guard so my son can sit on the back of the bike to go to school. My son is 7 years old so he’s getting a little heavy now, even with the power assist!

What appeals to you about cycling?

Cycling is easy and clean, I travel to different clinics around London so this means I can be there faster and, at the same time, get some exercise.

How often do you ride?

Everyday, as much as possible from my commute, to shopping, to the school run.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I love cycling in Holland because it’s easy. When you cycle somewhere that protects cyclists it is so much more enjoyable. However there is a lovely cycle patch on my London commute, through Hampstead Heath and Alexandra Palace.

Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5