19 February 2009

Copenhagen Winter Cycling


Copenhagenize.com - Winter Cycling from Colville Andersen on Vimeo.
Scenes from a cycling life in Copenhagen during the winter. Featuring some of the 400,000 citizens who choose the bicycle throughout the winter.

Typically, after I edited this and put it up onto Vimeo, it REALLY started snowing. I'll do a redux at some point with the new footage.

There are a couple of shots of small tractors clearing and salting the bike lanes. When it snows heavier, they are recruited and assist the exisiting bike lane snowploughs.

14 comments:

Karl McCracken (twitter: @karlonsea) said...

Love it!

What did you film it with - the low frame rate is great on this film, and I was wondering if it came from the camera, or you've created it in editing.

Mikael said...

thanks. it's a sony HD camera.

Tom said...

Where are the ski goggles?

Mikael said...

on the ski slopes :-)

Kiwehtin said...

The guy turning the corner between 2:54 and 2:59 brought back fond memories of cyclists in the Netherlands with that curious forward-backward, side to side bobbing motion they make on the bigger, older one speed bikes. There are a couple of others doing that in this clip, but not as much as that typical Dutch cyclist's body movement.

BTW, I have to ask: are there any Winther bikes in there? ;-)

Sean said...

Thank you for sharing this. The mood is so bleak here in America at the moment that it's heartening just to hear a happy pop song and see people out enjoying themselves.

Again, thanks for your efforts.

Gemma said...

Hi, great movie, thanks :)
Do you have any advice on where I might find statistics about how many people cycle in Copenhagen during winter (or the source of the 400,000 figure you mentioned?) I'm doing a school assignment on cycling in the snow. Thanks!

Mikael said...

Thanks, all.

Gemma, the source is the City of Copenhagen. 500,000 cyclists cycle each day in Copenhagen. 36% of the population.

During the winter, 80% of them continue to ride.

Your source, if you need to quote it, is Copenhagenize.com.

digitalmouse said...

Kiwehtin said: "I have to ask: are there any Winther bikes in there? ;-)"


I've seen several Winthers around Copenhagen, and I usually encounter them on my morning commute from Island's Brygge (in the east) to near Nørrboro Station. Mostly they are just getting in my way because I ride a recumbent trike, and tend to be one of the faster riders on that route (Thank goodness for the new wider cycle-path crossing the little lakes on Nørrebrogade/Dronning Louises Bro).

But when they are not slowing the traffic down, Winthers are decent people-movers. :)

-Jimm (http://thedigitalmouse-blogspot.com <- trike blog)

Anonymous said...

hi! great video of course, but nobody ask about music! ;) do anybody know name of this band ? thanks.

Mikael said...

it just be bo kaspers orchestra from sweden.

Anonymous said...

Could You tell me name of song please, from sweden ?:) i was listen and i thought it's french language

Mikael said...

långsomt. it means slowly.

Morten Jess Nielsen said...

Winter Copenhagen, very nice video thank you!
http://bit.ly/daP7vE