Harm de Boer works as senior project manager at SADC. Twice a week he commutes on his racing bike. 38 kilometres there and 38 kilometres back. “It’s good for me, good for the environment and I also arrive at the office completely refreshed. Lovely!”
The evening is for me
38 kilometres is no distance for a city bike, but that doesn’t stop Harm. Sometimes he cycles alone, sometimes he meets a colleague and they cycle together. Harm sees the advantages of such an active commute: “When I get back from work, I’ve already exercised. The evening is for me.” Harm doesn’t cycle in the winter. “Then it’s dark and cold and it just gets too dangerous.” If he has an early appointment with a customer it’s a little trickier, too. “You can’t get all sweaty in bike clothes.” Harm prefers using his car on those days. By leaving home around 7 o’clock, he avoids the morning rush hour for the most part.
“I can really recommend it to everyone: relax for a bit! Why not?”
Access to cars and showers
“A fine outcome is access to the SADC shared cars,” says Harm. If he or his colleagues have an appointment outside the office during the day, they can use a shared car. Recently – at Harm’s personal request – there has also been a shower facility at the office. “We could already go to the neighbours for this, but a shower at the office is a bit more comfortable.” Although the office will be closed for the coming weeks because of coronavirus measures, Harm’s racing bike is ready for his next ride.