21 April 2009

Break a Car, Borrow a Bicycle

Bikes on Loan
A harmonious little traffic marriage. A car dealership in Helsingør - a town north of Copenhagen - offers its customers a bicycle when their car is in the shop for repairs, instead of the usual borrowed car.

Nice.

9 comments:

Ryan said...

That would be sacrilege here. People complain when they don't get a car they want when their car is in the shop.

portlandize.com said...

I seem to remember David Hembrow has also posted about this happening in the Netherlands. I think it's brilliant. Of course, in the U.S. people would probably be offended that you would offer them a bicycle, they'd feel cheated (and perhaps rightly so in many cities, since the ability to get places on a bicycle is often rather limited, or made intimidating except for the most adventurous people).

Anonymous said...

It looks like a trend - Nehterlands, Denmark, and now Great Britain: http://tinyurl.com/d8wfts Who knows, someone in Portland may start this soon, too! Val

David Hembrow said...

Yes, I did post about it. It's quite normal for garages to do that here, and not at all newsworthy unless a foreigner like me notices.

Brent said...

While Copenhagers get loaned bicycles, New Yorkers hope God will keep them safe:

http://tinyurl.com/coy3sv

Andy B from Jersey said...

I usually use my bike to get back and forth to my mechanic's shop 14 miles away. But then I don't even miss my car when he keeps it for several weeks (he's excellent but really slow and cheap!).

Cycle Chick said...

I work for a large government agency in Copenhagen and when I have meetings elsewhere in town I can choose between taking a cab on the company's bill or taking one of the company's many staff bikes. I usually ride my own bike but yesterday I had a flat tire, so instead I went on a company bike. It was a good quality town bike with a basket in front so I could have my purse and my lap top in there. Wonderful arrangement I think.

We also have company helmets that you can lend, but I declined on that one ;-)

Charlene said...

I live in Lexington, KY and there's an auto repair shop here that provides bicycles to patrons while their cars are being worked on.

Mikhail Kent said...

When I took my car in a windscreen repair in Auckland, I had no choice but to use the bicycle every now and then. It was really nice.