29 July 2008

Bricolage, Tryghed and Things Like That

Tickets Metro
Beach weather continues. Here's a couple trying to figure out how to stick their credit card in the slot to pay for tickets on the Metro. I love the guy on the left - tattoos all over and riding a cool ladies 'Sit up and beg bike' with a basket.
Metro Bikes
It was a bit busy on the Metro station near one of the beaches yesterday. Many people were heading home in the afternoon. But the trains run every 3 minutes, so there's not much wait if you miss one.
Slow Bicycle Ride - Party
Last Saturday I went for a Slow Bicycle Ride, hosted by Baisikeli - the bikes for Africa boys - and one of their friends. Not officially a Slow Bicycle Movement ride, but it is now. Afterwards there was beer and a DJ outside the Baisikeli shop. So very cool, casual and cosy.

Skirt Guard Discard
Ironic how so many people write to us about how impossible it is to get skirt guards - 'frakkeskaaner' or coat protector in Danish - and here in Copenhagen they just lie around on the cobblestones.

Over at Copenhagen Cycle Chic today we have a piece about 'tryghed' or feeling safe/secure on the bike lanes of Denmark. It's a bit of a buzzword here. The World Health Org and the EU and the European Cyclists Federation have published documents about how to increase this feeling of safety for cyclists and pedestrians without legislating or promoting bike helmets. There is a lot of good energy being put into it.

If any of you are interested, Marie and I have a Facebook group to accompany our anti-legislation/promotion campaign at Cykelhjelm.org. We would love your support, if you see fit to support us. It's in Danish, but don't let that frighten you. And you'll be helping us in our fight here in Denmark, based on our current bike culture conditions - so you don't have to jeopardise your position on your current conditions by supporting us.

We even started a funkalicious merchandising line - totally non-profit - to accompany the website. So if you're in the market for some ethnic and exotic Danish language t-shirts or bags, have a look here. We thought we'd funk up the debate a bit.
cykelhjelm.org merchandising
Our new logo.
cykelhjelm.org merchandising
We're not so fussed about swear words in Denmark. They don't have the same stigma attached to them here. Basically, it says, 'Fuck off, I know my facts'. :-)

Which is what we're gunning for - getting Danes who have never had a debate on the subject before to have a look at the facts so they can decide for themselves. Danes are traditionally a very thorough people. Very informed about current affairs and incredibly engaged in politics and in the local community. We're hoping they'll extend that tradtion to this debate.



jennifer said...

I love the guy on the left, too! He'd be riding a much different bike if he lived here! I'm always amazed at the differences in bike (and society generally) culture between Denmark/Copenhagen and big butch U.S./Chicago.

Anonymous said...

Does all merchandise have to be from Café Press ? I was really excited for a moment.

Pierre-Luc Auclair said...

Are people asking you this much about skirt guards? We're in the process in importing a bunch (we will be distributors) of them, along with rain capes, nice panniers, metal mudguards with white ends, bootle dynamo lighting and other things.

I might provide more into later if people are interested and you fellas at Copenhagenize don't matter. :)

Zakkaliciousness said...

It's easier with Cafe Press. We considered other companies but chose them since they are based in the US. Most of our readers are in the US so it's easier for them and for the Europeans, it's cheaper with the weak dollar. Win Win situation. What are your objections? Let us know.

pierre-luc: yes they are. chainguards, skirt guards, fenders. let us know when you're ready and we'll blog it.

Nick said...

What's all this nonsense about pressure to make helmets compulsary in Denmark? Surely not.

Zakkaliciousness said...

Please don't call me Shirley.
It's true. We are experiencing a period of intense helmet promotion. No resistance has existed until now. Marie and I.

Cyclingred said...

I am interested in the rules for bicycles on your metro trains. Are there any? Here only two bikes are allowed per car. They can not be used during rush hour. They also require that you use the elevators when going from one floor to the next. The problem with that is that elevators are sometimes pretty well hidden.

Sandi said...


I'm working with Takkle.com, a social networking site for sports. Members can post photos, videos, share stats and schedules, and a whole lot more with others throughout the community. Takkle is a place where students, athletes, coaches, and fans can share their passion for sports.

I feel that your site is very useful. I would love to know if you could link to our social networking resource.


Zakkaliciousness said...

Sandi from Takkle... we're not interested. we're not a sports site. please stop asking.

cyclingred: the metro allows bikes all the time, except for rush hour. this is because the metro generally goes to places the you can cycle to. so it's not a primary bike transport option, like the red trains which go far out into the suburbs.

there are no racks like on the red trains, you just stand up in the bike/pram/wheelchair area. Most trips are under 15 minutes anyway.

elevators are everywhere, on every danish train station in the nation. we have so many baby prams and bikes that we need them and use them.

Christina said...

I've been away for a while (beautiful West Cork) and just catching up on your blogs now. I'm saddened to read that even in Denmark there's now a campaign to push for the greater use of helmets. Knowing now the harmful effect they have on encouraging a real 'cycling culture' as you have in Denmark, I hope your new site will help raise awareness about the real truth about helmet use and the vested interests behind it so people can make informed choices.
Good for you and I hope you get a lot of support ;)

Heh!, good luck with trying to introduce mandatory helmet use here!I suspect the, well, plain disregard many Irish people have for authority and our hopeless lack of law enforcement in many areas of civil and criminal law would mean people would be more likely to not wear them just because some bloody politician told us we now had to!

For all our common Viking ancestry in some ways we couldn't be more different. Danes: sensible and law-abiding (from my limited experience anyway,) Irish: maddest people on earth (seriously. Don't believe me? spend some time here!)and anarchic.
Anyway, great entry as always ;)

Pierre-Luc Auclair said...

Hi Mikael!

Thanks for your offer of blogging about my project.

I will send you a email when I will have something to show.



Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks christina! we're doing what we can to battle the safety freaks and preserve our proud bike culture.