BIKE CITY

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Published on July 05, 2017 with No Comments

Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle.

Words SIMON MORTENSEN
Images VISIT COPENHAGEN

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Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, is an elevated bike lane running over the harbour, connecting the city’s highway and the harbour bridge. Credit(s): Visit Copenhagen

 

Everybody does it. Bike that is. In Copenhagen, locals bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. They bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. It is simply the way of life, and if you want to experience Copenhagen the local way, you have to jump in the saddle.

Copenhageners love their bikes. Cycling is fast, convenient, healthy, climate-friendly, enjoyable – and cheap. No matter their financial income, everyone has a bike. Even top politicians ride their bike every day to parliament!

Actually, only 29 percent of the households in Copenhagen own a car. In comparison, there are more bikes than inhabitants in Copenhagen, with 454 kilometres of cycle tracks and traffic lights that are coordinated in favour of cyclists during rush hour. While motorists sit in tailbacks, cyclists tend to sweep through the city.

Copenhagen is building even more green routes through the city to ensure a safe and green transport route for cyclists while creating green spots in the cityscape. In 1995, it launched free city bikes for its citizens and visitors. Cycle super highways are already a reality, leading cyclists in and out of the city from as far as 15 kilometres away. In fact, Copenhagen became the world’s first Bike city from 2008-2011 appointed by the International Cycling Union, UCI. Today, cities like New York and London look to Copenhagen for inspiration. Danish architect and urban planner, Jan Gehl, is known globally for teaching other cities around the world how to plan for a bike culture. It even has its own term: “copenhagenization” or “to copenhagenize”.

In short, the city simply invites you to cycle. If you feel rusty, avoid morning and afternoon rush hour, and check out the traffic rules before you go. But there are just too many reasons not to go on the two-wheeler. With a bicycle, you can go to all the places that can be somewhat harder to reach by foot or public transport. One such place is Kalvebod Fælled, a sprawling natural area just outside the city. And don’t think a bike is made only for two. Copenhagen’s bikes are SUVs in their own. The famous Danish cargo bikes allow you to bring along your kids, shopping bags, picnic basket, and much more along for the ride. So what’s there not to like? And if you don’t feel like manually cycling the people mover, try renting one of the new electric city bikes that come equipped with GPS and tourist information. They are quite something and for a very low cost per hour, are afforable, too.

Many hotels in Copenhagen provide bicycles for their guests too, and there are numerous bike rentals and bike tours on offer. Now, some 1,800 bikes are spread across the streets of the Danish capital. You will find them at train and metro stations around Copenhagen. So let the ride begin!

 

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