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Women ask Elatik for bicycle lessons

23 November 2006 – A hundred and eighty women have signed a petition asking for bicycle lessons in the Eastern Docklands. Yesterday, neighbourhood resident Samra Hassan offered the signatures to Alderwoman Fatima Elatik, reports.

Social-Democrat Elatik, who recently discovered the bicycle herself, is enthusiastic about the initiative. The conservative VVD party finds that people should learn to ride a bike by themselves. “As Dutch blokes here, we all climbed our bicycles without help in the old days”, quotes party leader Olav Wagenaar as saying.

After being jeered by the audience and by left-wing politicians, Wagenaar insisted that his remark was not meant in any way to be discriminatory.

In a comment to the article, a neighbourhood resident indicates that there are at present bicycle classes in the nearby Indische Buurt, but that they have long waiting lists.

UPDATE 24 November 2006 - Wagenaar, arguing for private initiative instead of government interference, has offered to spend one afternoon helping the women learn to ride a bicycle, in exchange for a Moroccan cooking course.

More: (in Dutch), Even Fatima Elatik rides a bicycle these days


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