24 August 2010

Bicycle Rush Hour in Copenhagen

With my Copenhagenize Consulting hat on I've produced a series of short and sweet films for the City of Copenhagen's Bicycle Office. Short films on five different bicycle subjects for use in presentations when their employees travel to conferences and what not.

I rather fancied this longer version of the Copenhagen Rush Hour film - a Director's Cut if you will - and decided to slap it rudely onto the internet. Shot over a period of several months, featuring a number of locations, I hope it shows what rush hour is like in the City of Cyclists.

Most of the footage is taken in the morning rush hour, although with some exceptions. It's more concentrated in the morning than in the afternoon.

There is also a set on Flickr of rush hour shots if you like: Bicycle Rush Hour in Copenhagen.

Rush hour on bicycles in Copenhagen seems to be a popular subject on youtube. Here's a film shot by a visitor. And this one is pretty famous by now. And then there's this one.

But really... isn't this the goal? A return to where we used to be?


Jangomango said...

Now I wish that was my rush hour!

Cardiff Cycling said...

Wow, how very jealous! Our cycling scene is definitly on the increase though, look forward to people embracing it a bit more though.

Frits B said...

Interesting detail in the 1937 film: bicycles numbered 1 in 3 inhabitants (registered ones that is). What is the local rate now? Holland has approximately 18 million bikes for 16 million people.

In 1937 cars were a luxury item, bikes weren't cheap either. All that has changed considerably. A bike costs less than a flatscreen TV - an item most ordinary people wouldn't even have room in their homes for.

Frits B said...

"an item most ordinary people wouldn't even have room in their homes for."
I see I forgot some essential words in this sentence: "wouldn't even have *had* room in their homes for *in 1937*". If tv had existed at all - it did, but on an experimental scale only.

Saw a rerun of the James Bond movie Octopussy last week. Dates from 1983, not a cell phone in sight. Not even invented by Q yet. So weird.

central park bike tours said...

Greetings for NYC. Well we have an extremely busy rush hour here in NY. If someone can make it here they can make it everywhere.

Green Idea Factory said...

Regarding the "goal": Broadly-speaking, very, very much YES and I would like to see more the courageous politicians in Copenhagen and elsewhere starting to talk about separated paths inside cities only as transitional solutions.

Aside from the unfortunate and detracting "white race" thing, there are some other details or questions to consider:
* The motor vehicles seem to be slowing the bikes down.
* Are cycling speeds the same as today?
* The motor vehicles are slower than the bikes, but this is because of the bikes,rather than car-car issues.
* The motor vehicles are causing nearly all the problems.
* What was it like for children to ride back then?
* Gender and adult age is very diverse and balanced.
* Will current drivers willingly travel at 15 to 20km/h in city centres, or will they need localized speed limiters, or is their exclusion really what is needed to make it totally kid-friendly? (In my book, "Shared space" with shared cars is fine as a transitional solution).
* Something better is needed for the flower business.

ndru said...

That looks quite amazing, so organic. You can squeeze so many bikes into such little space. Try doing that with cars.
I also liked the way they turn left in the video makes much more sense that trying to dodge the traffic.

ZA said...

Hmm, 1937. Let's say I'll take the bikes and the riders, and leave the rest of that racist claptrap in the past.

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

I concur with ZA

kfg said...

"We're civilization and we're here to help."

No wonder the poor "animals" of Ireland, Scotland and France ran screaming when they saw the long ships coming.

Anonymous said...

What's the music on this? Great film.