It's my party and I'll ride if I want to. Next time you have a glass of something nice in your hand, raise a toast to Copenhagen.
This year - on 04 June 2008 - we can celebrate 25 years of the return of 'Copenhagen bike lanes', or "real" bike lanes as they're often called. AKA Cycle Tracks. The kind with a raised curb on the side, separating the bike lane from the traffic - and a curb on the other side separating the bike lane from the pedestrians.
For the record, there were cycle tracks prior to this, of course, with painted lines separating them from the traffic. Historically, separated cycle tracks criss-crossed Copenhagen but were largely removed during the brain fart that was the 50s and 60s where planners decided the car was a good horse to back.
The return of the physically-separated bike lanes is a landmark. The City of Copenhagen made a visonary choice in implementing them.
On June 4, 1983 the Danish Cyclists' Union, at a large bicycle demonstration, gave a "Cyclist Award" to Jens Kramer Mikkelsen in the form of a two metre long curb. Mikkelsen was the head of the traffic department and later Lord Mayor.
The curb was placed on the bike lane on Amagerbrogade at the corner of Hollænderdybet - just after Amagerboulevard - a sacred shrine for bike culture if anyone wants to start a'pilgrimage-ing.
The photo features the Cyclist Award and the two chaps who made it - stone mason Uffe Mohr [right] and his apprentice Egon Albertsen [left].