12 December 2009

Climate Conference Demonstration Bicycles

Waiting for the Demo
Earlier today Felix and I rolled out to what was expected to be a highlight of the current climate conference here in Copenhagen. A massive demonstration that walked from the parliament to the conference centre.

The news here in Copenhagen is reporting that 100,000 people took part and it really was a brilliant demonstration. It was amazingly global with different languages spoken all around you. Many people stood along the roads and watched. Felix and I walked with the crowds for a while and then pulled over to just stare in awe at the masses of peaceful demonstrators.

Standing Up for the Climate
The number of bicycles was amazing, too. Most weren't used specifically as demonstration props or symbols. They were merely transport and were dragged along to the event because that's how the person got there.
The number of cargo bikes was impressive, too. Families with their kids in the box, or friends hanging together, or pets. You name it.
It was great that Felix could see this. You have to go back decades to find a demonstration of this size in Copenhagen.

The shot, above, was taken on our way home.

Demo Food
This guy was serving hot food and kept hopping off to serve it and then hopping back on again to keep up with the crowds.

Cargo Convoy Yellow

Dismount Kangaroo Demonstration

Short John SF Demo Dog

Felix Demo
And here's my man Felix. He stood in the cargo bay of our Bullitt cargo bike and watched, quite literally, the world walk past.

You can see a slideshow of photos of the demonstration - not just bicycles - here.


Jose said...

It's a pity, but reports coming from Copenhaguen from many different groups say the behaviour from the Danish police on the demostration was totally arbitrary and inhumane towards the participants. There was no violence, no provocation (or so the reports say), and still the police cut the demostration in bits and identified every single individual inside each of the cuts.

Shame, so much diplomatic effort from the Danish government and all the good image is lost because of an excess of authority from the police.

All the noise coming from that demostration on the media is not about their message, but about the police performance...

Bic Control said...

Hi Copenhagenize,

This is a great entry.

We cyclists in San Diego, California need a lot of help. In 2006, only .3 (point three) % of all commuters in SD were bike commuters. A recent a study by USD found that nearly 50% of SD's GHG are emitted from automobiles. Earlier this year, a cyclist was cited by a police officer for riding in the full lane and on the left side of a line of motorists waiting to turn right. In short, we live in an extremely auto-centric establishment.

However, the good news is that there is a lot of positive change happening in SD. I started up a bike blog in SD called Bic Control which aims to document this change and encourage more. The name is a play on the expression 'mic control,' which is more popularly used in the hip hop world.

We need help.

Do you mind if I post up some of the photos you took during this demonstration on our blog? I hope the photos will serve as inspiration. I will certainly cite the very excellent Copenhagenize.com.

Thank you very much,
Bic Control