27 February 2008

Stockholm Bike Culture

While the Swedes rule the world of self-assembled, cheap, particle-board furniture, they can't compete with Copenhagen's daily cycling masses. Nevertheless, our brethren across the Straight still adhere to classic European bike culture. I spent a couple of days in Stockholm and was pleased to see that their bike culture is alive and kicking. Just like in Copenhagen, it's cyclists wearing normal clothes, riding normal bikes and just getting on with it.
Here's some photographic details from the streets of the Swedish capital:
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Chic Stockholmer in the drizzle.
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Now here's a city that is quite sure that their century-long cycling history will survive. Carved in stone, no less.
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Stockholm is a hilly city, but that is no excuse to stop riding.
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Snakeskin tyres! So very cool. As seen on the bike below:
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A Danish import... cycle ramp on a set of stairs. Ramps on both sides and stairs in the middle.

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Somersetbiker said...

And not only a bike culture, but a bike culture that keeps riding in spite of hills and rain, two of the most common excuses NOT to cycle in car-centric bike-phobic Britain.

Anonymous said...

Here in the 'Burque, we get 7" of rain a year and folks use it as an excuse not to ride. If you already know what you're going to do then one excuse is as good as the next

Zakkaliciousness said...

I think we agree that there are no excuses.

One that I hear often from North Americans is 'our cities are more spread out'.

This is often not true but if it is then they should drive to withing striking distance with their bike on a bike rack on their car and ride the rest of the way.

If you want to ride, you'll find a way.

Anonymous said...

The bike symbol carved in stone reminds me of the great Swedish doctor Stig Helmer from the Danish tv series The Kingdom:
Sverige - hugget i granit.

(Sweden - carved from granite.)

I won't repeat what he said about Denmark... ;o)

Ohh, he was a sweetie! And what an awesome series.

Zakkaliciousness said...

Great reference! Sweden... carved in granite. very appropriate for this post!
thanks for that. and we have forgiven him for his comments about denmark... :-)