25 July 2008

Simple but Effective

Transport Integration
Transportational integration at Flintholm Station. The shiny new Metro up top, the bike/wheelchair/pram compartment of a local S-train in the foreground. I couldn't get the busses in the same shot.
Copenhagen Campaign
A typical public service poster from the City of Copenhagen informing citizens that "Better conditions for cyclists" are on the way in Lille Kongens Street, using a photo representative of average Copenhageners.
Space Management
The city of Frederiksberg - an independent city within Copenhagen - is in many ways ahead of the game regarding bike friendliness. They are constantly setting up bike racks in the residential areas to encourage people to stop leaning their bikes up against the buildings. Every cosy space can be used. They reclaimed parking spots in this street in order to plant trees and, in the process, installed two or three racks in every space. Almost all of the racks down the street were in use.

The City of Copenhagen is soon launching rackless bike parking in the centre of the city since bike racks take up too much space and most bikes have kickstands anyway. More on this when it happens.
When roadworks are necessary, the cyclists are not forgotten.

My mate Mikkel from Kommunikationscast - a weekly podcast on communication in Danish - took this photo outside of his flat. A scooter [løbehjul in Danish] for grown-ups! How fun is that!


martti said...

Thanks once again for a cool post! This is such a great blog. Do you mind, if I use your photo with the train in picture and perhaps this one as well in my own blog related to transporting bikes on trains in Helsinki, Finland?

Zakkaliciousness said...

sure, mate. send a link when it's up.

martti said...

Thanks a lot! The text will be in Finnish, but I'll explain you what it's about.

bibliogrrl said...

re: the grown up scooter. That looks like a kick bike. I saw one in use here in Chicago. It was the strangest thing EVER. big like a bike, but rode like a scooter, and the girl riding it had a helmet on and biking shorts and looked kind of silly.

But my, was it FAST.

I think I'll keep my pretty Schwinns, and if I want to look silly I'll keep looking for a unicycle. I'll find one I can afford eventually. :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's a Kickbike! I have one (red KB Sport model) and have been kicking around Montreal the last three years with it. Barely a day goes by without someone (from 3 to 83) whipping their head around or dropping their jaw... Very comfortable, fast as a bike -- in fact I often pass ordinary cyclists when kicking around town, even on uphills. I even did most of my riding over our dreadfully snowy winter last year with my KB. A real plus is that if you slip, you can quickly jump off with nothing between your legs to catch you.

It was designed by Hannu Vierikko in Finland: http://www.kickbike.com

FelChap said...

I wish Portland, OR had more room on its transit for bikes. (Actually, I wish Portland did a lot more things like Copenhagen!) Most buses have a rack on front for 2 bikes, and the trains have 4-8 hanging spots for bikes -- far from enough to support the Portland cycling crew.
What do the inside of the new train bike cars look like?

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for the info on the kickbikes!

felchap: the red train is not new - the metro up top, in white, is new - but the red trains look like this inside:
photo one
photo two.

The first car and the last car on these S-trains are bike/pram/wheelchair compartments.

AlecMuffett said...

It's a kickbike all right; a colleague of mine uses one similar to commute into work, pulled dogsled-style by the family Samoyeds.

Pictures at http://www.crypticide.com/dropsafe/article/1521

Alec :-)