BYE BYE BRIAN!
Like many non-Dutch residents our colleague Brian Doucet, a Canadian urban geographer, remains amazed by the feats Dutch citizens pull off on a bicycle: pregnant women driving home the other two kids (one in front, one at the rear) with the groceries wrapped to the handlebar. What is more, Brian decided to practice the art of riding a bike in the city himself to feel and experience The Netherlands as a Dutch. He has now shipped a bakfiets to Canada to show his future students at the University of Waterloo what it is to be Dutch.
We will miss in him a lovely person, great scholar and teacher, and a wonderful colleague.
Follow him via www.briandoucet.com or via Twitter: @bmdoucet