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My 18 minute commute in Berlin

My 18 Minute Commute in Berlin

Sebastian Forck works in the press and public relation department of the German parliament. Every day, he rides his Electrified S2 from Friedrichshain to the Bundestag in the Regierungsviertel. We joined him for his 18 minute commute to discover why he rides with VanMoof.

How did the S2 change your commute?
Before riding an electric bike, I always had to ride the subway and train. My commute took over 40 minutes and I had to switch three times. I tried to make the most of it and read, but I would never get a seat, the trains would be running late, and it just took a really long time. The last thing you want is for your commute to stress you out before you even get to work.

Now, I take the same route but I’m above ground. It’s a huge difference, especially in the evenings. It’s really relaxing to be biking, and I enjoy the scenery so much more. I had to give up reading, but now I listen to audiobooks – they’re the perfect soundtrack.

“I’m riding about 30 kilometers every day – on a normal bike, that seemed impossible. Switching from public transport to the Electrified S2 saves me 40 minutes every day.

There is a lot of traffic in the city, do you feel safe while riding?
Yes, definitely. The Turbo Boost really gives you an edge when traffic gets busy. I pass through an area where there is a lot of construction, and the huge trucks can be intimidating when you’re on a bike. But now I just hit the Turbo Boost and zip in front of them – that really makes me feel safe.

What were you looking for in an electric bike?
When I was looking for an e-bike, I wanted something with an extra ‘edge’. I read about VanMoof on The Verge and the security system piqued my interest. I’ve accidentally set off the alarm a couple of times when I forgot to unlock my bike – it scared me, so I’m pretty sure it’ll scare off any thieves who try their luck!

“The integrated alarm was one of the reasons I chose VanMoof. Bikes get stolen all the time in Berlin but the bike’s theft defense and VanMoof’s Bike Hunters give me the confidence to ride anywhere. I don’t have to worry about it at all.

Sebastian is riding a Thunder Grey Electrified S2.

Peter Gigg

About this author

Peter Gigg is VanMoof's resident Brit. He enjoys writing, running, and remaining in the EU.