Our names are Ellefleur (aged 15) and Anneroos (aged 13). We have lived outside The Netherlands for our entire life despite being completely Dutch. In Indonesia, where we live, it is impossible to jump onto a bike and drive around to different places. This is simply because is isn't safe enough as there are no pavements/ bicycle roads etc. We both learnt how to bike ride in our garden when we were younger. Since we come to visit The Netherlands very often, we finally decided that it would be a good idea to learn all the things that we had missed out on regarding road safety. Which is why we are so grateful that people like Marja are there to educate and help people like us. Marja is constantly enthusiastic and engaged with whoever she is working with. We begun by getting a feel of the bikes, and practicing certain excersises to help us with out balance and confidence. We then started driving through a public park where it was still very peaceful. Within two lessons we had immediately felt a whole lot more confident on the road. Tackling big roundabouts (which we were both super afraid of at first), recognising how to be aware of your surroundings, understanding road signs and when to signal certain things to other people on the road. We would like to recommend Marja with big pleasure. Without her our lessons wouldn't have been so fun! Thank you Marja for this. We wish everyone who is reading this message a lot of biking fun! Best wishes, Ellefleur & Anneroos July 2017
I contacted Het Fietscollege following an incident where my daughter was hit by a car while riding to school. I was concerned that she wouldn't want to ride again after the scare she had, and also that she was not riding safely in traffic.
Marja met with my daughter, who is a 12 year-old, and made an agreement with her to have one on one bike riding lessons.
Marja gave advice on the best kind of bike to have and how to use it safely, then she helped my daughter get to know the breaks and steering properly among other basic bike riding skills.
She took her through a series of training sessions, firstly in a safe enclosed area where she was taught road rules and other bike skills, then in a park with bike paths, then finally they went on the road. After these sessions, my daughter was confident enough to get on her bike again and more importantly, she was riding more safely on the road. Marja was important because my daughter listened to her and took notice of her instructions and now puts them into practice when on her bike. Marja also had a very positive and friendly way of communicating which made the whole situation easy for everyone involved and put my worried mind at rest.
I absolutely recommend Het Fietscollege for helping anyone who has concerns about their riding skills or riding safely on the road.
Mijn dochtertje van 7 kon nog niet fietsen. Toen ik het haar zelf probeerde te leren, lukte het niet echt. Maar Ruud is op dat punt een tovenaar. Met wat simpele trucjes kreeg mijn dochter snel de essentie onder de knie en verdween haar angst. Daarna ging het heel snel. Ik kan iedereen die wil leren fietsen Ruud van Es aanraden
“I would recommend Ruud to anyone. I was very nervous – and embarrassed – about getting on a bike for the first time at the age of 30; Ruud was calm and re-assuring, he never made me feel stupid and made the whole process fun! If you’ve never cycled before and think you can’t do it, Ruud will prove you wrong. Taking lessons with him is one of the best things I’ve done.”
'Even though my kids are Dutch, they did not live in The Netherlands during the years that most Dutch kids learn to bike in the city. Once back in Holland, we asked Ruud to give them a crush course safe biking. Ruud biked our children to school for several weeks, teaching them to watch, watch, watch and all the important traffic rules. My kids learned a lot from Ruud and enjoyed riding to school with him.' Ariane van Notten, mother of students at ISA
My name is Steve Webber and I was born in 1952. I came to Amsterdam from the UK to work for a bank. To my shame I have never ridden a bike so I decided to learn in one of the great homes of cycling. Initially Ruud taught me a number of useful exercises to improve balance and confidence before we ventured on to the roads of Amsterdam. The experience on the roads was excellent and Ruud was always a safe and sensible leader. He is a patient and understanding teacher, with a good sense of humor (very important when making mistakes ).I needed only 14 one hour lessons in 2 months to be able to ride around with the arrogance of a true Amsterdammer !
Beste Ruud, Nog een keer bedankt voor de hele leuke instap in de wereld van "leren fietsen":) Wij blijven nog oefenen met afzetten en zoo... Ik heb over je talent en geduld verteld aan vrieden, en er is misschien nog een jongen die van jouw een les zou willen. Ik hoop dat je het goed vind als ik je email address doorstuur naar zijn moeder.Ik hoor graag van je of dat OK is. Indy is net als Kubo 11 en heeft ook downsyndroom (het zijn ook nog vrienden en zitten samen op korfbal, dan is alles meteen duidelijk).
"I never rode a bike before and was worried it moght be too late to learn, but I was lucky to come accros Marja Popper online. Marja is professional, patient, supportive and knows how to work with adults that want to learn how to bike. I highly recommend Marja to all ages. Best"
Dear Marja, thank you for your kind attention and information. The student delivers
their potential only when they have a good teacher. Hayley had an excellent teacher