Bicycles of Copenhagen

April 16, 2014 at 8:22 am 1 comment

pink bicycle
My lovely bicycle is back on the road this after a winter off. She’s looking and driving especially fine after a tune-up at the Tandem Bike Cafe (thanks Clint!). It’s a pleasure to be riding again with spring-time in full bloom, and especially after our recent visit to Copenhagen, which is a truly inspiring place when it comes to the possibilities of bikes as a mode of transportation. Everyone – everyone – rides bicycles in Copenhagen. Old, young, with kids in tow and without. We even saw someone transporting a dresser by bike. Everyone we talked said the same thing: it makes us healthier and it’s cheaper. “The only people with cars are people who are very rich, or who live far away,” said one server in a great restaurant we went to called the Halifax. So simple, so practical – so Danish.

It was interesting to visit the national museum and see that this choice has been alive and well since the 1930s, when, according to the museum, the people decided to ignore cars and stay focused on bikes.

bicycle in the museum

The scale of bicycle use is amazing. An army of well-dressed folks coming and going via bicycle during the commuter hour, giant parking lots of bicycles outside the metro stations, and the presence of many bicycles outside of every apartment, cafe, workplace and museum. It made our North American dependence on cars seem even more crazy than I already thought.

Here are some photos so you can see what I mean. Such excellent inspiration for spring cycling!

another blue bicycle

blue bicycle

bicycles at the metro

bike cart bright street cph

more bicycles

bicycles at the opera

bicycle wall

cph bicycle and smk poster

black bicycle cph

red bicycle in cph

bicycle parking lot


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