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Ensink, Bernhard

ECF (European Cyclists’Federation) Belgium
 

 
Born 1956 in Hilten, Germany

Staff Editor: Please tell us something about your career and profession.
Bernhard Ensink: My current position is: Seretary General of the ECF (European Cyclists’Federation),
based in Brussels. I applied to this position when I was the director of the Dutch Cyclists’s Association (Fietsersbond; 1998-2006). When I worked as a master of
theology (research, lecturer; 1988 – 1994 and as a teacher of German language and religions at Dutch schools (1981 – 1988) I got involved in (local) politics and became a member of the city council of Coevorden. This resulted in becoming vice mayor of the city of Coevorden (1994-1998), responsible for the departments public affairs, environment, housing and the department of fi nance. In those years I fi nished my dissertation and got my doctorate (theology/ethics – 1995).

SE: When and how did you get involved in LEVs?
BE: As the Director of the Dutch Cyclists’ Association (Fietsersbond) I got involved in all issues that are important for cyclists; and the electric bike is one of the issues. The Sparta Ion was the fi rst (and up to now the only) electric bike I tested for a few minutes on a parking area.

SE: What is your personal motivation to work in LEVs?
BE: I think that the ECF needs a position on electric bikes, because I expect that – as at this moment is the case in the Netherlands – the electric bikes are coming up in Europe and the ECF as the representative of the European cyclists should make known this position in the industry, the retail companies and to the politicians. There is a need for good laws and regulations, I think, to guarantee that people in Europe can use save and comfortable electric bikes that have all the advantages of common bicycles but do not have the disadvantages of common motorized vehicles. We should prevent
that electric bikes will become a (new) problem on the roads and bicycle paths in Europe.

Contact information:
ECF (European Cyclists’Federation)
Bernhard Ensink
Rue Jospeph II 166
1000 Brussels
Belgium
b.ensink@ecf.com
www.ecf.com

Languages: Dutch, German, English

August 16, 2007

 

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