23 December 2010

Bicycle Pumps on Copenhagen Trains!

Bikes Allowed
Danish State Railways [DSB] have been doing some good things for bicycles this year. First they made it free to take your bicycle on the S-Trains serving Greater Copenhagen. Now it seems that people transporting their bicycles by train can exploit their travel time a little more effectively.

DSB had a competition for customers where ideas for how to improve service were sent in. Four customers had the same idea and it was the idea that won.

Placing bicycle pumps in the existing bicycle compartments.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

The pumps will be installed in the new year. In addition, DSB are doubling the capacity of the so-called flex compartments to allow for even more bicycle capacity.

B+ Bike Meets Train. Falls in Love.
At left: A bicycle/pram/wheelchair compartment on a Copenhagen S-train.
At right: the flexible wheel holders hold the back wheel and allow for swaying movement.

Copenhagen Bike Culture Advertising
When DSB announced that bicycles were now free on S-trains, they put up this tunnel on Nørrebrogade - the busiest bicycle street in the world - to advertise the fact. Brochures were handed out to cyclists at the red light a bit farther along. Read more about this right here.

Via: DSB's website: "Pump cyklen i S-toget"


James said...

Lucky... Australia still wont allow bicycles on trains. :(

Anonymous said...

Please have more room for bikes because it's always crowded :)

Dennis Hindman said...


I'd like to know more about the s-train bike wheel holders. Is there manuel adjustment required to secure the bike and does it acommodate a wide range of tire widths.

Also, are those blue objects above the bike wheel holders seats that fold down?

The reason I am asking is that Los Angeles counties Metro mass transit is having a difficult time dealing with the increasing volume of bikes on trains or buses and Copenhagens S-train rack seems to be one of the simplest and easiest to use that I have seen.

Safety and costs to implement are big concerns of Metro and the above train rack looks unobtrusive with little chance of tripping over it. Metro is not willing to have a train car strictly for the use of bikes, wheelchairs and baby strollers, so a bike rack design that is off the floor and yet under the seat when not used would be very versatile. I could also see the possibility of it being used in Metro 60 foot buses late at night with seats folded up across from the back door and the bikes secured parallel to and out of the way of the aisle. Bus drivers on the Orange Line BRT have allowed bicyles in the 60 ft buses late at night but a few incidents of passengers being hurt by bikes in the aisle has created a ban on bikes onboard these buses recently. That makes it less reliable to use a bike in conjunction with long mass transit trips here.

I commute on a bicycle in Los Angeles and have been a active citizen participant in LA counties Metro mass transit Bicycle Roundtable meetings. The meetings bring together people who bike along with managers of Metro to discuss ways of accomodating the growing number of bicycle users.

At a recent Metro Bicycle Roundtable meeting I brought in copies of your above photos of the graphics on the outside of the train and the bike wheel holders from my 2010 Copenhagenize Fetish bike infrastructure calendar (After the meeting, the person who designs Metro's signs showed me the same picture you took of the outside of the train she had stored on her notebook computer. Also a Metro manager who bicycles, upon hearing the pictures came from Copenhagenize.com, shouted out that it was one of his favorite websites).

Metro only has small hard to notice signs on the outside of trains to indicate where the bikes should be brought in and there is no place to secure bikes once onboard. What happens is a disorganized mixture of passengers standing near doors, with some holding bikes, and bikes turned upside down or propped up against a handrail in a stroller/bike/luggage space onboard the trains. So showing the bold graphics on the outside of the s-train was a great way to point out a easily seen and understood message of where to bring bikes. The S-train bike rack also showed what looks like a simple and easy to use solution for securing bikes on the trains. It sure beats several suggestions by bike users for Metro to have bungee cords available to secure bikes.

Mikael said...

No manual adjustment required. They're sturdy and flexible and can fit all wheels. Although I've seen sometimes one 'rack' whereupon it reads "mountain bike", but I don't think anyone notices it.

Yep, the blue objects are seats that fold down for use if there is room. The racks are subtle and yet practical. If there are no bikes, they don't get in the way.

Here's another option featuring fold down seats and a bicycle seatbelt

Great to hear that Copenhagenize is known over there! :-)

happy christmas.