Cyclists in Copenhagen (Denmark) by Justin Swan
I like biking. Well mostly commuting to work as I live around 6 minutes from where I work. I found this kind of interesting story about the bike culture in Europe. A nice video that took me into other stories about the city if Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark. The city population is 569,557 (2014) + the urban population of 1,246,611 and a metropolitan population of 1,975,361 (Wikipedia). In 2007 reports said that 40% of traffic moved on bike so far in mid 2014 it’s said that almost the 12% of it’s people is driving a car.
Bikes aren’t a new thing at Copenhagen as they have been using them since the 1880s.
I think that there is a lot to be learn from this countries where they have a strong bike culture, it is said that it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing people ride their bikes at Copenhagen.
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How did Copenhagen developed a cycle-culture?
In Copenhagen the popularity of the bike evolved, especially through the 1920’ties and 1930’ties. In the streets of Copenhagen you would find Copenhageners from all social classes biking side by side. The middle class mother rode her bike home from the grocery store, the wealthy bank Director took his bike on his way to work and the young craftsman transported his goods by bike.
Times changed after the Second World War. In the 1950’ties new machinery was introduced and bikes were put back into their bike racks. Copenhageners replaced their bikes with mopeds and automobiles, and when the city planners looked into the crystal ball in the 60’ties, they did not see many cyclists. Instead they saw cascades of gasoline, wide highways and tall skyscrapers.
The oil crisis put an end to that dream in the 1970’ties. ‘Car Free Sundays’ was introduced in Copenhagen along with cyclist demonstrations for a ‘Car Free Copenhagen’. Many Copenhageners voted for a clean city and choose the bike instead of a car.
This seems a nice story from where our countries can learn a lot. Mexico right now is betting on “it’s oil”, with the called energetic reform that instead of promoting the use of other energies or transportations they’re seeing how they’re going to distribute the earnings.
Do you use a car or your bike to go to work? and in which country are you?