06 January 2010

Winter Bicycles Continue

Copenhagen Snow Counter
Most of Denmark resembles Greenland at the moment. Many regions recieved over 50 cm of snow yesterday alone and one town - Hobro - was cut off from the rest of the world for most of the day.

Copenhagen wasn't the recipient of half a metre of snow but the outer edges of the snowstorm that hit north Denmark rolled over the city last night and dumped 5 cm on us. I was out and about and took the above shot of the bike counter on Nørrebrogade at about 21:30. Okay, it says 21:42 on the counter.

While 80% of Copenhageners who use the bicycle continue to cycle throughout the winter there is a further drop when the weather features snow. The busses and trains are filled on days like this. Although as the bicycle counter will attest, over 16,000 people on bicycles rolled past this point yesterday, which is still very respectable.


Images from Denmark yesterday from Danish Meterological Institute.

Snow Stats
I also caught these two walking past the counter and stopping up to look at the numbers while some cyclists rolled past in the background.

See more Winter Cycle Chic shots over at Cycle Chic now and in the coming days.

6 comments:

Anth said...

This is our National Cycle Network route 1. The flagship if you like. A much-used route in Edinburgh. Note, I'm not on the road bike for the commute at the mo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpuddinonnabike/4247746916/in/photostream/

You'd be lucky if a counter got much past about 50 bikes for the day at the moment judging by what I saw on the route.

That said, the roads don't seem to have had any attempt to keep them clear of snow either. Cycle lanes are impassable, being the typical UK shoved-to-the-side-of-the-road type. But with traffic at a standstill it's easy to ride down the middle of the road.

sheffield cycle chic said...

I did make it into work today on my bike, but it did involve a rather long detour and I have to say corners in the snow proved rather "interesting" to put it mildly. Yesterday I took the kids to school by sledge even the main raoads were barely passable.

"Sheffield Council today admitted it cannot afford to keep the city moving in severe wintry weather - as the city ground to a halt within an hour of the first flakes of snow falling."

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/We-can39t-afford--to.5958845.jp

Brian said...

How do Copenhagen Cyclists cycle comfortably on packed snow and occasional ice? Clearly Copenhagen plows their bike paths more regularly than most cities. But your more recent photos show random amounts of snow on the ground, and surely the plows can't get everywhere all the time.

Do Copenhagen cyclists use snow tires? Studs for the surprise ice or hard pack? Do you see more three-wheeled cycles in the winter?

~Brian
cycling through our Boston winter snow

Oldfool said...

I saw two bikes yesterday and it was 40* F here.
I'm sorry to say I wasn't one of them.

Mikael said...

no studded tires, just the same old worn, half-flat tires as usual. :-)

people just slow down and take it easy. riding straight is simple enough and on corners you just slow down more than normal.

dominic said...

I bicycled in Minneapolis Minnesota on snow covered sidewalks from Linden Hills to the Warehouse District, about 6 miles, since all residential streets are ice covered and impossible to ride. I was only stopped once by a traffic policeman who yelled at me to get back onto the street where I belong.