Posted by: standing_baba | January 2, 2010

Video: Copenhagen: City of Cyclists

Ride a bike + Cut Down a Tree = Neutral Karma / Carbon Footprint Balance (photo by: http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/)

Until recently Copenhagen had never been on my list of must-visit places. But until recently I didn’t know the city was and is a haven for bike commuters, Brooks Saddle enthusiasts, and lovers kissing over handlebars at stoplights. As if that isn’t enough to make you want to move to the most-visited Nordic country, epicenter of Danish pastries and the Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen also lays claim to the title “World’s Cycling Capital.” An estimated 36% of all citizens commute to work and 1.1 million kilometers are biked in the capital every day! This important European capital has peaked my interest to the point that I now follow the Danish blogs Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic to keep up on bike happenings.

Below I’ve posted a few short videos that show how beautiful bike travel, even in the dead of winter, can be when a city’s municipality provides infrastructure (bike lanes and pedestrian bridges) for its two-wheel citizens to move quietly, freely, and efficiently through the streets. I found the city scenery so beautiful, the people so intriguing that Copenhagen and I may meet someday after all….


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