26 September 2009

British Transport Minister in Copenhagen


Photo: Finn Frandsen/Politiken

The British Transport Minister, Andrew Adonis, visited Copenhagen a few days ago and went for a bike ride around the city to pick up ideas and inspiration for Britain. Here he is, above, moving up and across the bicycle bridge over the busy Aa boulevard. He was accompanied by the British ambassador to Denmark, Nick Archer and a delegation of City officials.

"I'm impressed. You have many helpful ideas", he said to the press. "We have a lot to learn."

Most importantly, he rounded off the bicycle ride through the city by saying "I felt safe", regarding the city's separated infrastructure.

He also learned about the Copenhagen bicycle bells as the delegation rolled through the city, but not quick enough for Copenhageners on their way home. :-)

Via: Politiken.

9 comments:

l' homme au velo said...

Hopefully the Information will Sink in and he will be able to change things for the Better. Unless He is got at by the Motoring Lobbyiests and Business Organisations as is usually Happens. At least he is taking an interest,things move very slowly.

jason said...

chicago's esteemed mayor will be in copenhagen this week for the olympic voting, hopefully he'll get some ideas.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Denmark could just send over some former elected officials to the UK in a job-lot...? We don't care parties they belong to, we'll vote for them anyway. The ability to form rational transport plans and actually carry them through to completion would be a new phenomenon here.
WeeE

sexify said...

Right now I'm enjoying a long weekend in Osaka. The first thing that hit me coming over from Seoul is how very, very few cars there are here. Bikes everywhere. Almost no cars.

The city is beautifully quiet because of that and the peaceful streets really are surprisingly relaxing and calming.

Cyclo said...

Adonis is probably the best transport secretary the UK has had in a long time. Let's hope the Tories ask him to join them in government should they win the next election.

Cycledad said...

gotta agree with cyclo. For a british transport minister he seems unusually interested in transport. Lets hope the Tories poach him or that they have someone half as good. That said the Tories have been pushing on Transport and methinks the high speed railines might have been piched from Tory HQ.

MarkA said...

Isn't that Lord Adonis??? ;-)

Seriously, this guy is exceptionally eloquent and does seem to be switched on to the reality of transport in this country. I just hope he doesn't get poached by the motoring lobby. I saw a headline on the Beeb this morning saying that a new RAC report criticizes Boris Johnson for his cycling policies:
"He needs to think less about attention-grabbing policies linked to niche modes of travel like cycling and grasp the bigger problems of transport in the capital, not least congestion in outer London.
"With the best will in the world, encouraging a few more people onto their bikes is not going to solve the relentless jams in the suburbs."

God forbid if we should also listen to the RAC - what a damn fool statement to make -they clearly haven't woken up to the idea of TRANSPORT as oppose to just CARS...

Anonymous said...

Did he have a Ministry car following behind with his briefcase and shoes? Oh, sorry I was thinking of the man who wants to be the next British Prime Minister...

Anonymous said...

At the Labour party conference this week he said that British cities should aim for Copenhagen levels of cycling. Unfortunately this was not backed up with any plan or money apart from cycle parking at some train stations. This did not include Birmingham, population 1 million, 12 cycle stands at main train station. The car is still king.