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Only in the Netherlands could this BBC correspondent bring us the news by ebike

todayMay 4, 2021 2

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Every once in a while someone comes along and shows that we can do things differently. One of those people is BBC News foreign correspondent Anna Holligan.

Yesterday, Holligan posted a video on Twitter to bring us the daily news update from the Netherlands as she cycled along.

Check it out below.

I had just one question: Why?

For Holligan, the idea came in a moment of serendipitous inspiration. After seeing her colleague Adam Fleming shoot the political headlines from Westminster on his phone, “it occurred to me I could do exactly the same from my bike as I cycle,” she tells me.

In case you weren’t aware, there are quite hefty fines (€95 [$114]) for using your phone while cycling in the Netherlands. However, Holligan has a solution that’s 100% legal: a selfie stick! Finally, someone is doing something useful with one.

The selfie stick is attached to the handlebars of her cargo bike or bakfiets for the Dutch, and it means she can remain in full control of the bike as she cycles along.

A Rode lapel mic with wind shield into her phone takes care of the audio.

“And then [I] cycle and share the stories,” Holligan said. “I think it’s cool how the tech enables to do something quite innovative with such ease.”

Credit: Anna Holligan