Katharien de Villiers with Damian Britz

University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

2010 / 10 / 05 18:37

'Well, I cycle form the res - my res is the furthest from campus. My mom cycled when she was here and it just kind of feels right. She was in the same res as I was. It is exactly 1km., ha ha - it is for that extra 10 minutes of sleep in the morning. I've only been here 2 years, so I've been cycling for 2 years. We were in Amsterdam shortly before I came to university and Johnny Loco had started there, so I saw it there and, I don't know, I was just mad about the bike. The Christmas before I came to university my dad bought it for me - I don't know where he got it from. I just park it next to all the other bikes here at the department. The thing is there is probably only one like this on campus so nobody can steal it. Two other girls in my class started cycling, it is kind of infectious. I think it brings a certain kind of lifestyle with it, you don't lock anyone out - it is not like a car where you are separating yourself from the world - you are opening yourself up, people smile when you pass them and it is a more friendly approach towards everything. It is more convenient, much faster and lazier. On our first date my boyfriend realized a little too late that his car was running on empty, and he pitched up at my res with a bunch of flowers and my bicycle - which he knew the lock code of. The whole lifting concept was thus born out of economical issues, but the incredible friendliness people showed as we drove through town on a single bicycle with a basket filled with flowers got both of us into such a great mood that we decided that, as long as the weather allows it, we will make a habit out of it, and that is exactly what it has become - a habit that sparks happiness. It is a rather cheesy story, but to us it makes perfect sense - almost eliminating our carbon footprint and creating many possibilities for disaster and general laughs.'

Nic Grobler

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