24 March 2008

Bike Meets Train. Falls in Love.

If you're travelling distances a bit longer than you'd like to cycle, or you have a flat or it's raining, you can always take your bike on the trains.

The InterCity trains and the Regional trains all have bike carriages and the Metro allows bikes, but it is on the local S-tog trains serving the Greater Copenhagen metropolitan area that is it easiest.

Every train has a couple of spacious carriages for bikes and prams. The bike racks are sturdy and flexible, allowing for the sway of the train. Just stick your back wheel in and sit down and enjoy a good book or newspaper. You need a ticket for the bike, which costs about 10 kroner.
Here's a 'klippekort' - a 10 journey discount card for bikes:


I'm still waiting to get a shot of a Copenhagen taxi with a bike rack. All taxis are equipped with a bike rack with room for two bikes. Stay tuned.

11 comments:

WestfieldWanderer said...

Speechless.

Envious.

As Mr. Spock might have said: "It's civilisation, Jim, but not as we know it".

You Danes are such lucky, lucky b*st*rds.

WestfieldWanderer said...

Oh!

Just noticed your "rebranding" - Copenhagenize.

Like it.

I need Copenhagenizing.

My sanity demands it.

Christina said...

Like the new Copenhagenize name too.
I've used that word in conversation with my better half about how we should Copenhagenize our towns and cities over here.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks to you both.
glad you like the name change... or the 'rebranding' as the kids say these days... :-)

it started with cycleliciousness, which was funky but no reference to Copenhagen.

so i went over to The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog... which is clear, but unwieldly.

so... copenhagenize. catchy, modern, downhill with a tailwind.

Kevin Love said...

Nice!

My concern, however, would be that the rear wheel could be damaged by being bent by the holder.

I rather like the trains here in Toronto where every regular railcar takes bicycles. (regular = not the one per train special handicapped access car).

The bicycles fit behind two verticle poles that are next to every door. I note from their website that electric bicycles are explicity allowed. See:

http://www.gotransit.com/PUBLIC/faq/default.htm#Bicycles

Zakkaliciousness said...

There are literally millions of wheel holder bike racks in Europe and Japan and I have never heard of wheels getting bent and I've never experienced it myself, and i park in them every day of the week.

Thanks for the Toronto link!

Hugh said...

I am so jealous of Copenhagenites! Here in Melbourne, Australia, the state government has recently been forced by public outrage to reverse it's decision (after only a few weeks) to *BAN* bicycles from peak-time trains. We have a LONG way to go before Melbourne is 'Copenhagenized'...

Kevin Love said...

Good to hear that the wheel holders are OK. Once upon a time I had a problem with something similar, but it may just have been a badly made bike.

The interesting thing that I find about Toronto's bicycle culture is that bicycles compete with public transit, not so much private cars.

For example, where I live downtown, there are no facilities for car parking, and the same is true where I work. So the only choices are bicycle or TTC (Toronto Transit Commission).

There is an interesting breakdown of commuting modes by neighbourhood population density at:

http://www.ibiketo.ca/blog/7

What is most interesting is that although private car use drops from a high of 64% in the outer suburbs to 15-25% in the downtown, whether bicycle or TTC is used depends upon the neighbourhood.

Note, BTW, that the two St. Clair neighbourhoods have anomalous results because the St. Clair streetcar line was shut down for rebuilding the track at the time of the census.

Fritz said...

"Copenhagenize" -- I like it too.

Here's a typical view on the train in the San Francisco area. Here's another. Most of the photos in my Bike Commuters photo set were taken at or near a Caltrain station.

georoad said...

Do you have a good website that shows bicycle boardings per week?

Zakkaliciousness said...

I just posted about number of bikes on trains here.