27 June 2008

Bicycle Island Off the Copenhagen Coast - Cykeløen

Not to be outdone in the global race to build artifical islands, The City of Copenhagen has revealed plans to build an island in the shape of a national icon - the bicycle - off the coast of the island of Amager, south of Copenhagen.

The Bicycle Island - Cykeløen - as seen from space.
In an unveiling ceremony at the City Hall yesterday, Copenhagen and a consortium of environmental investors and architects from Denmark and Sweden launched the most comprehensive environmental project in Scandinavian history.

'Cykeløen', or The Bicycle Island, will create much needed real estate for an expanding population in the Danish capital and will become the first Danish landmark to be visible from space. The so-called COMA region, consisting of Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden is experiencing massive growth and The Bicycle Island will act as a symbol for the wealthy region. It's proximity to the Öresund Fixed Link bridge and tunnel that connects Copenhagen to Southern Sweden is important for the whole region.
Homeward Bound - Bridge
The Øresund Fixed Link Bridge/Tunnel. © Mikael Colville-Andersen
While there are plans for both luxury and afforable housing with spectacular sea views for 50,000 citizens, the majority of the island will be earmarked for recreational usage and organic farming, as well as an Environmental Research Institute, which will explore and develop future intiatives.

The bicycle has long been a symbol of Danishness and now it is being used as a symbol of the sustainable, environmental goals of the city of Copenhagen, which plans on being the World's Environmental Capital by 2015. Over 36% of the population of Copenhagen ride their bicycles each day on a network of dedicated bicycle lanes and paths.

In accordance with the environmental goals set by the city, The Bicycle Island will be fully self-sustainable. All power will be generated by offshore wind turbines and all waste will be recycled. The goal is becoming the world's first carbon-neutral island.
The Future is Offshore
The construction of a massive wind farm just to the east of the proposed island has already begun. The power generated will provide the power necessary to build the Bicycle Island. Plans include electric construction vechicles. © Mikael Colville-Andersen
With spectacular artificial islands under construction in Dubai in the shape of palm trees and a world map, and with the recent announcement that the Netherlands is planning construction of an artificial island shaped like that nation's symbol, the tulip, Copenhagen decided to push forward the plans.
Four Percent
Wind Turbines in Copenhagen Harbour. © Mikael Colville-Andersen
"The choice of a bicycle is obvious for Copenhagen. And the granny bike is a traditional design form in Danish history - it is still the most used kind of bike in the city - and in using this bike design as the shape of the island, we are combining past, present and future in one fell swoop", the press release states.


The proposed Dutch tulip island.

More detailed plans are expected to be unveiled at the COP15 - Global Climate Conference to be held in Copenhagen next year.

12 comments:

WestfieldWanderers said...

My calendar seems to be running fast. It must really be April 1st.
:-)

Zakkaliciousness said...

April 1st is National Environment Day in Denmark, so that's appropriate.

Mackenzie said...

I can't quite contain or begin to describe my excitment over this blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I knew there were people out there in the bicycling world that felt as I do, but didn't know where to look. So many things to learn from this great community. Did I mention how exciting this is?

Anonymous said...

Hmm... it's in the middle of a shipping lane... Well, who needs shipping when you have bicycles.

Zakkaliciousness said...

so pleased to hear it mackenzie! 100 million people in the EU ride their bikes each day, most of them in normal clothes and on normal bikes. so you're not alone!

:-) the primary shipping lane is off to the right, under the bridge. for the minor shipping lane to the left, i'm sure they have lighthouses on the Cykeløen

tim said...

That will make a lovely bicycle-shaped reef when the sea levels rise due to global warming.

I would have thought that raising the elevation of low-lying land would be a better idea right now, rather than creating more of it.

Anonymous said...

Thinking big, doing big even in small ways can lead to big changes. Go for it!
Jack

Zakkaliciousness said...

the point of such islands is to thwart the rising waters and protect low-lying areas. Here's an article about the Dutch tulip island highlighting the aims.

Erik Sandblom said...

Visible from space. Cool.

The Vulcan Science Academy has determined that building a better vehicle than a bicycle, is impossible.

:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michael from Copenhagen for your excellent bicycling blog! When I've got my bum off my bike and couched in front of the computer it has become a regular feature of my web browsing...

Not sure if you've come across Danny MacAskill yet since you seem to be so on the ball with all things bicycling.. but just in case you ain't you're in for a wonderful treat! Have a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

20 million views!

And if you have already seen this vid you probably haven't seen this short one which is filmed right outside my front window in the heart of Edinburgh: Danny bicycling/dancing on the recycling bins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIvmP8bu7k

Big Respects from Bonnie Scotland!
Here's to fresh air and FREEDOM from infernal combustion engines!

Simon B

Anonymous said...

Michael - I echo what Mackenzie has said regarding your bicycling blog - it's exciting and inspirational... and on the subject of inspiration, i would imagine you've come across Danny MacAskill, a fellow Scottish bicyclist?

If not you're in for a REAL treat. Have a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

And if you have seen this, here's another wee short that you probably haven't, filmed right outside my flat in Edinburgh; Danny bikes & dances on the recycling bins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIvmP8bu7k

Thanks again for fuelling inspiration. Here's to fresh air and FREEDOM from the infernal combustion engine!

Best Regards from Bonnie Scotland!

Simon B

Anonymous said...

Michael - I echo what Mackenzie has said regarding your bicycling blog - it's exciting and inspirational... and on the subject of inspiration, i would imagine you've come across Danny MacAskill, a fellow Scottish bicyclist?

If not you're in for a REAL treat. Have a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

Almost 20,000,000 views!
And if you have seen this, here's another wee short that you probably haven't, filmed right outside my flat in Edinburgh; Danny bikes & dances on the recycling bins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIvmP8bu7k

Thanks again for fuelling inspiration. Here's to fresh air and FREEDOM from the infernal combustion engine!

Best Regards from Bonnie Scotland!

Simon B