21 October 2010

Copenhagen in Madrid

Copenhagen is making a guest appearence in Madrid these days. There is an exhibition at the Circulo de Bellas Artes called Miradas de Europa, which is translated on the website as Looking on Europe. Sponsored by the EU and the City of Madrid.

"A visual journey around the European Union as seen through the eyes of its photographers, this is an exhibition about tradition and local customs, historical places and events relevant to each culture, bringing us closer to a reality which is near at hand and yet largely unknown."

One photo from each of the 27 European Union countries is presented and a photo of mine is representing Denmark. Which is flattering and humbling.

Thanks to the Royal Danish Embassy in Madrid.

For the next month, at least, there is some separated bicycle infrastructure in Madrid... and more is on the way.

Circulo de Bellas Artes
C/ Marqués de Casa Riera 2, Madrid.


Anonymous said...

Madrid is probably the worst example of bad urban transport planning. The city hall has spent billions in building roads and tunnel for cars and the result was been... more traffic jams.

Anonymous said...

Some things you must now about Madrid:

- Is the world capital with more km of urban highways, after Singapur (yes, even more than Loa Angeles)

- Everyday, more than a million cars drive on the streets of Madrid

- There are exactly 0 Bike lanes in the city centre.

- Madrid is the only spanish big city without Public bike system (and one of the few in all western europe)

- As a result of that there are almost no bikes in Madrid (about 4000 bikes in a three and a half million inhabitant city, according with the city council statistics)

- And Madrid's air quality is one of the worst of all europe (we have spent two days on alert because of the big pollution levels)

So... this is the real Madrid. Help us, please!!!

eulez said...

Hi there!

You wrote: "For the next month, at least, there is some separated bicycle infrastructure in Madrid... and more is on the way."

I don't understand that. What do you mean? More "separated bicycle infrastructure" in Madrid? More is on the way? There will be no more bike lines in Madrid, because of lack of money, you know. The Mayor canceled all the plans for making Madrid a more bike friendly city. So, I do not know what do you mean with that phrase (ironic, maybe?)

And it is not true that there are no cyclists in Madrid. We are more each day (the city's Critical Mass has 2.000 cyclists every month). Also, it is not true that Madrid "is the worst example of bad urban transport planning", because of the public transport, which is quite good. The problem here is the cars, which are so many.