A young bicycle frame craftsman talks about his growing business of bike repairs and manufacturing of bicycle frames, but he also tells us something about the use of bikes as a great way to get around in Chisinau. With some reserves.
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Bicycle Frames Made in Moldova. Interview with Craftsmen of Bike Time Workshop
Interviewer: Is it a growing trend for cycling in Moldova? Did you feel lately any changes in your production process?
“Each year we aim to increase the number of amateur cyclists. The center of the city is filled with cars and bikes gives you the opportunity to reach any corner of the city in no time.
“The only thing that is missing is the infrastructure, which “hinder” the advance of urban cycling in Chisinau, and in the streets now we can see only the bravest of cyclists.
Interviewer: What steps should be taken to boost cycling culture in our country? Why would you recommend a person to use the bike as a mean of transportation?
First of all, the cyclists should form a united community. There is a necessity to form official clubs organizations and to discuss our problems with officials, to plan and build together the infrastructure for urban cycling.
Our town is too small for such an amount of cars, and the strangest thing is that more than a half of these cars are used by people only to get to work and back, which means that people go drive daily only 20- 30 km day, but spends 2-3 times longer than they would spend by riding a bike. We must learn to appreciate our time.
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