15 September 2016
Karin Weusten, currently employed at Maastricht Council, gives us her view on the “Discover public transport” and “Discover the e-bike” campaigns.
"I took part in the “Discover public transport” campaign in October/November 2015. I was already acquainted with Maastricht Bereikbaar due to the fact that I had previously trialled an e-bike.
A week’s commute by speed e-bike during the “Discover the e-bike” suited me to a tee. The journey to work is too far for a normal bicycle. I still think the purchase price is too high for my tastes, so I haven’t bought my own speed e-bike yet. When you take part in a promotion from Maastricht Bereikbaar everything is so well organised – it’s just too good to resist. Testing out an e-bike during the winter months isn’t a problem either. It doesn’t rain as often as you think.
I saw the “Discover public transport” promotion and registered via the Maastricht Bereikbaar website. Since I’ve been working at the council chambers, I have commuted more regularly by public transport. I live in Landgraaf. I used to live quite close to the train station, now that I live further away, the advantages of travelling by car outweigh those of using public transport. The costs involved in a season ticket are also an important consideration. I feel that I won’t always be tied to commuting by car. A while ago I had a year’s season ticket, but that was through an incentive from a previous employer. I’m waiting for a more structured commuting offer from my work, and as soon as that comes through I’ll be happy to make the switch to another mode of transportation for my commute.