03 April 2009

Copenhagenizing .citycycling

City Cycling in Style
Met up with Anthony from .citycycling last weekend. He was visiting Copenhagen with his one true love, Mel. We three had a few beers and a long, passionate chat about Copenhagenizing and promoting cycling positively.

Anthony and Mel are from Edinburgh. The similarities between Scotland and Denmark are interesting. We've both got about 5 million people. We're roughly the same size [I'm not including Greenland here... don't want to make the Scots insecure...], we have basically the same crappy winter weather and a sub-standard football league dominated by two incredibly overrated clubs.

The difference is that we have 18% of our citizens riding each day. Scotland is at about 1%. Denmark can be a real source of inspiration for Scotland because of the similarities.

Anyway, have a look at this month's edition of .citycycling, which Anthony publishes online. There is a great article called Copenhagen Cycle Chat.

Last year me and Copenhagenize.com met up with over 100 visitors from all over the world here in Copenhagen. From Japan to Portland, from Melbourne to Chicago. More often than not, we went for a bike ride around the city to see the highlights of our bicycle culture.

It's great to hook up with likeminded individuals. Let me know if you're coming and, if you know of a delegation heading my way, I'll take good care of them. A bike ride, a lecture about what we've done and where we going with our bicycle culture.


cyclepete said...

Yeah, but Edinburgh is a LOT hillier than Copenhagen!

Mikael said...

ah yes, but we have hilly cities elsewhere in Denmark. and then there's berne and basle in switzerland... 25% ride bikes...

kiwehtin said...

Well, I live in Montreal, which has its fair share of hilliness, especially between downtown and the areas outside where most people live, and that doesn't seem to stop many people from riding up the hill and even over the lower slopes of Mount Royal to get home after work in the warm months. (Though many people are fazed in the very snowy winter, especially since snow clearing here assumes cyclists won't or shouldn't be riding in the winter). Similar story for commuters climbing the Jacques-Cartier Bridge from and to the "South Shore" to the east of the city. Ottawa - in the downtown area - is a pretty similar story.

I've lived in the Washington DC area, where most of the city and surrounding area outside the government centre is VERY hilly, and found that no great problem, yet a surprising number of cyclists (for the US) are out using the streets on a daily basis there.

I've lived in flat Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I rarely saw another cyclist out on the roads. I've lived in Leiden in the Netherlands and visited Amsterdam, and despite the general flatness you have those arched canal bridges to cross all the time. Not much difference from hills in my personal experience!

Martin said...

"despite the general flatness you have those arched canal bridges to cross all the time"
REALLY, kiwehtin.

Perhaps you had simply ridden past a few too many 'coffee shops' and were thus out of breath... :o) or hallucinating.

William said...

I spent three weeks in Glasgow some years ago, and I must say that there are some differences and some similarities. The weather isn't worse over there, it's just more surprising (rainshowers out of the blue), and the hills in most parts of Glasgow (and Edinburgh) aren't too bad. Though there are many hills, most of them aren't that steep.

There wasn't much of an anti-bike sentiment among people, but the infrastructure was terrible. There's a lot of work to do, before it's safe to cycle there, even if the Glaswegians had cycleculture. In my opinion, anyway.

Apart from things of cyclery, Glasgow is really an amazing city. Beautiful, Stylish, New, Old, and full of friendly people. Just be mindful of what you eat.