18 April 2009

City of Cyclists



At long last. The music video I made for the City of Copenhagen is now finished. It's a promotional video aimed at highlighting how the bicycle is an integrated part of this city's urban fabric and the many ways that the citizens use the bicycle.

I filmed throughout August 2009 and a few times during the winter, when it snowed.

It's a great thrill to finally get it online. I showed the film at a bicycle conference hosted by the Danish Embassy in Riga a couple of days ago - the world premiere as it were - but here is the video, finally online.

Enjoy.

23 comments:

anna said...

Great! It's nice that you took the videos throughout the whole year and not just on one sunny summer day.

Ls said...

2008!
Klaus Bondam showed this in Birmingham recently.

Anonymous said...

Awesome.

Forbe's lists Copenhagen as one of the Top Ten Cities to Live In Europe but then claims: "However the city's love of bikes--it's sometimes called the city of cyclists--means that congestion drags it down the overall rankings."
Jack

Vadim said...

I really liked the movie, thanks Michael

Gerry Gaffney said...

Congratulations! Love the integrated all weather/all places/all people feel.

Anthony Robson said...

Denmark's entry in the next Eurovision?

Nice stuff. And what on earth are Forbe's on with that quote earlier in the comments?

Kris said...

STUNNING!!!! I especially like where the woman reaches for the guy's hand :)

Ryan said...

Just in response to "Anonymous-Jack", for anyone else interested, here's the link to that forbes, who IMO has lost all or any credibility they had: http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/21/cities-europe-lifestyle-forbeslife-cx_vr_0721europe_slide_4.html?thisSpeed=15000

Great video btw.

Just a cyclist said...

It is nteresting to see how people seem to make a habit of using hand signals when braking. It also looks nice how relaxed everyone are riding.
You'd need to true your front wheel though Michael =)

le homme au velo said...

Great Video,everybody is so Relaxed and unafraid of being Hit by Motorists. To Anonymous Jack,I would rather A Traffic Jam of Cyclists than Cars any Day. We have Traffic Jams with Cars causing the Congestion instead of Bikes and the Fumes of Petrol and Diesel is Choking everybody. The Cycle Lanes in Copenhagen are Marvellous ,we could do with the same Infrastructure in Dublin.

Simple Dodo said...

Thank you very much~ I love this video. but it should be 2008 august right? BTW, Taiwan is also an fabulous island where you can cycle it around for about 7 days. Dodo from Taiwan.

Cian said...

Great video.

On the above mentioned list -- it is not compiled by Forbes. It's Mercer's 2008 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, Forbes only reported what it said.

Forbes could have made it a bit clearer what the source was, but I'm guessing they think people will arrive at the story first and not the list.

SEE: http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/21/cities-europe-lifestyle-forbeslife-cx_vr_0721europe.html

Agung Cahyadi said...

very good video.
mm..i have one question for you..

how you keep record video while biking?

Trims.

Anonymous said...

@just a cyclist. You are actually required by law to signal when you make a right turn and when you stop.

Sara said...

cool video, great work!
on top of all the other things mentioned I especially liked the couples kissing and holding hands. and I challenge you next time to also shoot a gay couple kissing, just to show another of the good aspects of living in copenhagen :)

Char said...

Great video! I liked the music as well. :) Here's wishing a lot of cities in America can have more people using their bikes instead of their cars!

Jimm said...
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Jimm said...

Great job Mikael! Hopefully it will be an inspiration to others!

Spencer said...

Really lovely work. You've got a great sense of color and composition, and the whole thing speaks to the beauty of biking.

Anonymous said...

Ouch. It took me a while to get up the nerve to actually watch this. As I knew it would, it had me in tears. A similar video of my usual routes would have you lying awake nights, shivering in fear and horror. I always keep, deep in my heart, a vision of what is (in some places) and what could be, and what I am continually working to bring about, but I usually don't think about it too specifically. To do so would be to realize how far we have to go. Your video put the vision specifically before me; it was beautiful. I'm still recovering. Thank you. Val

Mikael said...

thanks everyone!
val, you're a brave man. get a kleenex. :-)

Anonymous said...

What an inspiring video! I visited CPH in October '08 and February '09 and I'm moving there in June. I remember how impressed I was by the integration of bikes in everyday life. It was actually a major factor in deciding to move to DK :) - Laura

Anonymous said...

Fantastic video ! Fantastic city!

Hello from Moscow, to all.

Ilya B.