Bicycle Diplomacy: U.S. Mission’s New Fleet of E-Bikes

The mission has a fleet

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of electric bikes in a regular bikes.
we've had electric bikes

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for over a year now we're getting more.
We've gone from three to five and we have

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four brand-new regular bikes. The
difference between riding a

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an electric bike and a normal bike is
obvious you're you can getting more

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you get a power assist when you pedal so
it's easier to peddle

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especially going up hill the if you set
it

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correctly you you almost don't have to
do any work that the bike will take you

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up the hill

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a lot of people used bikes I think more
and more.

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They are way more convenient for
appointments that are close by and

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almost all of our appointments are close
by you don't have to worry about parking

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which is probably the biggest reason to
use a bike.

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I like to use the electric bike to go to
the UN Palais building

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the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to
the International Labour Organisation

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I also use it but between negotiations
I call it bicycle diplomacy.

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Instead of shuttling around, I use a bicycle
to go from one meeting to the other to

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help advance our negotiations.

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I think for the most part Geneva is a
very bike friendly city

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you a lot of times you see you bicycle
lanes that you can use

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but always wear your helmet to be
safe just in case.

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When I'm on the bike I feel

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a bit energized and of course I have the
electricity to energize myself

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but I keep up with the traffic,

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I feel as though I am doing good for the
community,

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I feel responsible, I feel the mission is
responsible,

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and I feel happy about

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riding the bike.

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Were I to do the same trip
in the car

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I wouldn't have that feeling.
People

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get their surprise so you came on bike
fantastic, that's so great. They start

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asking about how many we have,

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how many people are doing it, and

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is a really positive reaction. People are
always very excited and think wow I wish

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our mission had bikes like that so
there's a certain amount

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envy but just also appreciation..

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