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….