Danish Bike Culture

Danish Bike Culture Is Even More Amazing Than You Thought
by Alex Berger on September 11, 2014

Over the last few years Copenhagen has become world famous for its incredible biking culture. It is no secret that there are a LOT of bikes in Copenhagen. The most commonly cited statistic is that more than 50% of Copenhageners bike daily to work or school. That, in and of itself, is pretty spectacular – but it is also just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing bike-centered things going on in Copenhagen. After a somewhat rocky roll out, last year’s big announcement introduced Copenhagen’s new and heavily updated city bike program which replaced the recently retired free bike program. While the reception has been luke-warm to the new bikes due to their cost and the fact that they are no longer free, the updated bikes possess GPS, electric engines, electronic maps and a plethora of perks for the price of about $4 an hour.

Full article: https://virtualwayfarer.com/danish-bike-culture-is-even-more-amazing-than-you-thought/


  • Danish Lessons in How to Ride a Bike
    By Flora on October 9, 2014 in Challenges, Denmark

    I’ve never been a fan of cycling. The last time I actually owned a bike I was aged about 13, and it sat in the garden growing rusty while I argued with my mum about how embarrassing it was going to be for me to wear a helmet if I attempted to cycle to school.

    Travelling often throws bikes your way, though, and over the years I’ve tried to embrace the joys of cycling abroad. So I flipped headfirst over my handlebars during a cycling tour of Krakow in Poland, and busted the front wheel of a bike in Thailand. Both events reinforced my belief that bikes were simply not for me – and when it came to cycling down Death Road in Bolivia, I point blank refused. Bikes, heights, and the strong chance of death? No thank you very much.

    It’s been easy to dismiss bikes as a normal form of transport in my life. I love walking, after all, and the feeling of successfully conquering a foreign public transit system is something I’ve made quite a habit of.

    Full article: http://floratheexplorer.com/riding-bikes-in-copenhagen/

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    Danish women on bikes
    by Douglas Todd
    Updated: February 2, 2010

    Almost every day Copenhagen Bicycle Chic uploads new images of Danish women riding their bikes through the city, even in the current Danish cold snap. It’s causing more people around the world to think bicycling could be cool and easy and suitable for everyday transportation, which it mostly is (if the proper infrastructure is in place).

    Even though the website occasionally includes Danish men and boys, it mostly focuses on Danish women because of their tendency to look quite cute, often classy and even elegant on their bikes. That is, unlike most cycling Canadian and American women – and men, like, alas, myself.

    On this continent we seem to think we have to wear the most utilitarian, gaudy, jocky and ugly gear possible before we are permitted to straddle a bicycle seat. (Actually, now that I think of it, photos of playful and creative Danish bicycle seats are also featured on Copenhagen Bicycle Chic.)

    As many know, I am an advocate of improving infrastructure for cyclists in Vancouver. And this playful Danish website is not at all frivolous in its purpose, despite its enjoyment of high heels on bikes, since it recognizes that promoting the cause of cycling is an eco-ethical issue.

    To me Copenhagen Bicycle Chic is yet another example of how the eco-aware Danes can, on their good days, offer an example of a better alternative way of running a society. Copenhagen Bicycle Chic is a clever little way to suggest to those of us in bicycle-unfriendly North America that a different world is possible.

    Some related articles: Here is an August, 2009, piece I wrote headlined: “Bicycling going mainstream in Vancouver.”

    Here is a related August column, titled “How to end the bicycle wars.”

    Not to overwhelm readers, but here is a third posting from a trip last June to Denmark, titled “Cycling Lessons from Copenhagen.”

    For full article: https://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/update-danish-women-on-bikes

    Picture sources:
    Blissful Blog: https://www.blissfulbblog.com/blog/2009/05/copenhagen-cycle-chic

    More info: http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/

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