02 June 2009

Toronto and Copenhagen

The Toronto Star features a piece on Copenhagen's bicycle culture, written by Matthew Blackett from Spacing.ca.

He was 'shocked' hearing the head of the City's Bicycle Office, Andreas Røhl, say that "We try to never talk to the public about cycling safety."

"Riding a bike is like brushing your teeth in Copenhagen. It's just a part of our everyday life. But every project we do has the goal of making cycling more safe. We just feel if we start to talk publicly about safety, people will start to doubt if cycling is safe," says Rohl.

I even get quoted about The Culture of Fear regarding cycling. Must have been a slow news day... :-)

He compares Toronto with Copenhagen and wonders why the two cities are lightyears from each other regarding pedestrian and cycling facilities.

For the full article, click here.