07 October 2008

FlexZone on Nørrebrogade

In the continuing tale of Nørrebrogade here in Copenhagen - the street that turned its back on cars - here's an example of reclaiming the streets.

We've covered the bus zones and the loading zones. This is a Flexzone. You can see in the photo that the bike lane was reclaimed for bike racks here but elsewhere up and down the street it is to be used for tables and chairs for cafés or for shops to display their goods, etc. The bike lane is now on the street, where a car lane used to be. At the moment it is a painted lane, but when the trial period is over and the project is made permanent a proper bike lane will be put into place.

It's nice to see a car-free street in the background.


melancholic optimist said...

One thing I always loved about European cities, was that they almost all have streets in the center of the city where cars aren't allowed (or sometimes where they just won't fit). In Vilnius, Lithuania, the main street through the center of town is car-less after 5 or 6pm until 6 or 7am in the morning. People there don't ride bikes as much, but you will see mobs of people just out for a walk in the evenings, strolling casually (except in the winter when it's -20C outside).

In Portland, we took one afternoon and closed 6 square blocks to cars in a not-very-busy part of town, and there was uproar that anyone would dare to force people to use any mode of transport besides cars.


Karl On Sea said...

This is great - there's something about it reminds me of the Yehuda Moon story where he paints his own bike lanes.

My inner anarchist is wondering if I could get away with it here!