09 January 2011

Long Line of Cycling Copenhageners

The Bridge Winter Traffic
This shot was taken by Hans from Larry vs Harry the other morning. Sure, the bike lanes are, by and large, being cleared even though the repeated snowfalls are putting a strain on the city's logistics and budget. But since the bicycle is still the fastest way to get around - rain or shine - the citizens still use it. With this much snow the snowploughs clear a reasonable width but the strip is still narrower than the actual bike lane. If they have time they clear a wider strip but with the recent dump of snow there hasn't been.

So single file it is. Lower speeds. Nice and easy. It's not a problem. It's only a few days out of the year. But my goodness what a single file. Hans said that it was easily three times longer than the group you see in the photo in the morning rush hour. Up to Blågardsgade, for those of you who know the city. And that was just this wave.

The bike lanes on this street - Nørrebrogade - are being widened in sections and will be over 5 metres wide. But this is the busiest bicycle street in the western world.

5 comments:

Jeppe said...

Great! Regarding helmets, what do you think of this airbag helmet www.svd.se/ego/mainColumn_s185/http://www.svd.se/naringsliv/nyheter/vinn-nu-bidrag-raddar-airbag-hjalmen_5854149.svd

It more like what you have in a car...

mark said...

I dont understand how that many people are able to cycle. It must be quite dangerous during winter. I cycle almost everyday, up to 12000 km per year. Just today I felt down on an icy farmer way outside the city. Copenhagen must have a dry cold without slippy ice.

Anonymous said...

I use studded tyres when it's icy, safer than walking...

William said...

@Jeppe, I think Michael actually covered the bicycle airbag, but I think it's a bad idea. Bicyclists rarely fall, and when they do, they often land on their bum.

Marketing a "protect yourself from the dangers of cycling" is more liable to scare people away from cycling.

Mikael said...

mark: we have a wet cold (we're on an island) and ice is always slippery. :-)

william/jeppe: I haven't covered it because it's so ridiculous. and one of the designers who invented it also lobbying for helmet laws and promotion of helmets a fear years back... follow the money, as ever.