Owen cycles to his Edgbaston studio A cyclist of more than 30 years is calling for an attitude change after admitting Birmingham drivers "terrify" him. Edgbaston gallery owner Owen de Visser is no stranger to receiving abuse while on two wheels.
He says, over the years, a number of impatient and frustrated drivers have demonstrated aggressive behaviour by beeping their car horns, or screaming obscenities while overtaking him. And Owen believes the berating stems from entitled drivers feeling roads belong to them, and cyclists have no place – a sentiment shared by many riders in the city.
But it wasn’t always like this for the 38-year-old. Growing up in Cambridge, and spending summer months in Holland, Owen had a very different outlook.
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He told BirminghamLive : "Cycling infrastructure in Cambridge is amazing and has been since I was very young. There are tons of cycling lanes and it’s actually far easier to ride into the city centre than it is to drive.
"Cycling is the norm, a way of life, and people look out for each other. As a kid, I was encouraged to get on my bike. Keen Brummie cyclist Owen de Visser. (Image: Owen de Visser/Facebook) "My parents felt comfortable allowing me to cycle to school and I never had ambition to learn how to drive. It seemed pointless."
When Owen moved to Birmingham in 2004, he expected more of the […]