We need to change our travel habits! Tiphaine Bréant leads by example by testing a folding bike for three months.
By agreeing to test the flexible bike for her daily journeys, Tiphaine Bréant is not revolutionizing her way of getting around. This 24-year-old engineer, trained at Insa, in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, does not have a car and has been riding a bicycle and public transport for a long time. An obvious choice when she lived in town, which she confirmed by settling in Quevillon in the spring. His journeys between his home and his work, in Bois-Guillaume, are mixed: bicycle to Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville, bus (line 30) to Rouen, then metro and bus. “I first used my personal bike for a few months. It is doable provided you properly attach your bike which stays near the bus stop all day. Secure bike parks are essential.“In September, Tiphaine takes advantage of the new metropolitan area bike rental service, Lovelo, to test the electric assistance. The engine changes everything! “It has nothing to do with the classic bike. I did my whole trip with the electric bike, 16 km and 40-45 minutes from door to door.”
Selected to be one of the ambassadors within the framework of the “Mobility: it’s moving” consultation, Tiphaine is therefore experimenting with a new type of bicycle: she has had the challenge, since November and for three months, of using a folding bicycle, in sharing his experience and comments. His day always starts with a bike ride. But instead of leaving her two-wheeler at the bus stop, she takes it with her. Folding bikes are indeed accepted on all public transport, and at any time. “Once you understand the comment, unfolding it and replicating it takes less than a minute. It’s practical, neither too heavy nor too cumbersome.” His preference remains electric, faster and more autonomous. Even before the end of his trial, all of his experiences teach us that several solutions must be tested in order to succeed in permanently changing one’s travel habits.