Just back from visiting Copenhagen and while I am recovering from jet lag, I would love to share a wonderful documentary with you, produced by A Billion Bikes.
Copenhagen is big on bikes – over 90% of all people in Copenhagen own a bike. Everyone bikes! The children, while still small travel on the back or front of their parents bike or in a carriage attached to the bike (eg on the cool three-wheeled Christiania bike). But as soon as they are old enough, they get their own bike. Danes ride to school, on visits, shopping, to the park, everywhere, even to work on their bikes. We bike everywhere and in any kind of weather. In Denmark, we say it is never the wrong weather for biking you only need the right kind of clothing! Nothing can stop a Dane on his bike! You will see a business man in his suit, tie and polished shoes, on his way to a meeting, on his bike. You will see women in high heels riding their bikes. You will see people all ages riding their bikes. You will even see the Danish politicians riding their bikes – like after the elections last year, when the new government must present themselves to the Queen, all of the appointed ministers biked to Amalienborg Castle, to present themselves – check it out here. How cool is that?
It may seem that Danes are born on bikes and love their bikes but the infrastructure for bikes in the city of Copenhagen is probably one of the best in the world.
To get inspired try to watch this great documentary (5 neat episodes) – I hope you will enjoy them and maybe, who knows, be inspired to get your bike out, and hit the road.
Another great article in New York Times about biking in Copenhagen- “ Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway”
I just spent $1000. for new brakes on my car. My husband said it was time to ride the bike again. Most Canadians are aghast when you make such a suggestion. Our climate is too cold, we have to travel too far to get to work, etc., etc.. Anything is possible. I certainly think twice before hopping into the car to run short errands. My husband and I often ride to the grocery store to buy our food. It’s a start.
Ha ha – yes I know it is quite a bit different in Canada with -30 C in the winter some places, and the distances being so far too.
Riding to the grocery store to buy food is a great start 🙂 or just a great bike ride in this gorgeous beautiful country side – Canada is so beautiful!
Impressive, Anne! Hope the jet lag didn’t hit you too hard.
Thank you Annie – just catching up! There are 9 hours difference it always hit me hard – but I take it easy and look forward to climbing into bed tonight 🙂
They look thin and fit!!
Yes the biking Danes are fit 🙂
That is so cool my friend and thank you for the doc 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
You are so welcome Uru – do you bike?
Hehe very cool. I haven’t been on a bike in ages. Actually.. I rode my little brothers down the street when I helped my Mum move 3 houses down the street!
Yes, biking is so cool! Many people in Copenhagen don’t even have a car – imagine? They choose not to and rent a car when they really need it.
I can see you on the bike with your little brothers 🙂