94 year old man with Fun2Go duo bike to final resting place

Martien van der Heijden (94) from Erp (the Netherlands) was brought away to his final resting place behind his Fun2Go duo bike. Martien's children cycled the bike to the cemetery in Erp, with Martien behind it on a trailer. A beautiful farewell for Martien, who cycled a lot on the Fun2Go side by side tandem the last couple of years. Read more about Martien and his farewell in this article.


Fun2Go duo bike Van Raam funeral Martien
Source: Brabants Dagblad, photo: Anne van de Pals

Many bike rides on the Fun2Go

Together with his children, Martien cycled almost every day on Van Raam's Fun2Go duo bike. Daughter Anne says they bought the bike for him when he got ill: "We cycled with him almost every day." Martien got ill almost five years ago. For five years, his son and daughter took care of him at his home on the farm in Erp. "He insisted on staying home. It was pretty hard, sometimes on the edge, but we're glad we could do it", Anne says. Martien was almost 95 years old, but died unexpectedly on the 9th of May. "We celebrated his brother's birthday a day earlier."

"Bringing Martien to his last resting place with a trailer behind the duo bike was much nicer than in a hearse."
Coffin Martien trailer duo bike
Source: Brabants Dagblad, photo: Anne van de Pals

On the duo bike to the cemetery

"We already discussed the hearse, but then we came up with the idea of the Fun2Go duo bike at the funeral. We'd already arranged the car, but bringing Martien to his last resting place with a trailer behind the duo bike was much nicer and so we cancelled the hearse."

After the family had put the coffin on the trailer and said their last goodbye to Martien in his own yard, they drove with about thirty people behind the duo bike to Martien's last resting place at the cemetery in Erp. The journey attracted a lot of attention in Erp.

Read the full article on the website of 'Brabants Dagblad' (in Dutch), using the button below.

Article Brabants Dagblad

Funeral with the side by side bike

A number of photos were taken during the funeral in the yard of Martien's farm.

Martien funeral Fun2Go duo bike
Funeral with the duo bike of Martien, photo: Anne van de Pals
FuntoGo duo bike coffin Martien
Martien's coffin on a trailer behind the duo bike, photo: Anne van de Pals
Funeral with duo bike in Erp
Farewell at the farm of Martien in Erp, photo: Anne van de Pals

Customer experiences Fun2Go

Van Raam receives impressive messages from customers on a daily basis. We would like to share these experiences with you to show you what is possible when you can cycle safely (again) with the help of a special needs bike. Check out the experiences of customers, including those of the Van der Heijden family, with the Fun2Go duo bike below. Want to read more experiences? Then take a look at 'Customer experiences'.

Fun2Go side by side bike

"Martien was a farmer and attached to his land. He didn't want to go to a nursing home and loved to be outside, the Fun2Go duo bike fitted in wonderfully well."

Family Van der Heijden - Erp

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All Fun2Go side by side bike experiences

Fun2Go side by side bike

"Collin Capozzi (22) from Belgium has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but this doesn't stop him from getting on the road with the Fun2Go double rider cycle."

Collin Capozzi - Puurs

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All Fun2Go side by side bike experiences

Fun2Go side by side bike

"At the residential care facility De Hogestraat in Aalten live people with intellectual disabilities. At this facility, the caregivers use the Fun2Go almost daily."

Healthcare organisation Estinea - Aalten

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All Fun2Go side by side bike experiences

Fun2Go side by side bike

"Unfortunately, Jetske's mother is no longer able to cycle independently, which is why Jetske thought it would be a good idea to go on a side-by-side tandem ride with her mother and daughter. "

Mrs. Jetske - Overijssel

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Fun2Go side by side bike

"Friday 3 August 2018 was the big day. The duo- bike came. Wow what a cool present! For 3 days we were able to cycle with the Fun2Go duo bikes with a giant filled picnic basket. "

Monique Kuijk - Lichtenvoorde

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Fun2Go side by side bike

"My grandmother is no longer allowed to cycle independently, which is why I organized a ride on the Fun2Go for her. My grandma had a lot of fun and enjoyed it thoroughly!"

Timon Klein Wolterink - Aalten (Netherlands)

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