18 December 2007

The Cycle 'Bus' - Group Commuting

Much of this blog and our sister blog Copenhagen Cycle Chic is about a cycling life for 1.7 million Copenhageners.

We are loathe to forget those hardy souls who live farther out of the city and yet choose to ride to work.

One such group north of Copenhagen is called Cykelbussen - or The Cycle Bus. It's a simple concept, really. Several people in the same area - Allerød, Birkerød, Farum og Værløse - would rather ride that take the motorway or the trains.

What could be easier than arranging to commute together? And ride at a comfortable pace, taking turns to shield each other from the headwind. A long, cosy cyclo-commuting train - riding the 20 km to the city in about 35 minutes. Which is easily the same time it takes to drive or train.

This being Denmark, there are wide bike lanes along the motorway for the whole route, so it makes it easier and safer. And the group isn't in for the speed - they ride at a tempo that anyone can match. It's all about cycling, not racing.

The group has regular 'bus stops' where they meet in the mornings. You can just meet up and off you go towards the city.

Rumour has it that other informal groups have formed along other routes, too.

What a way to go. Good luck to The Cycle Bus!
www.cykelbussen.dk - Their website is in Danish, but there is one link in English.