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”