29 April 2011

Sexing Up Your Weekend

Bicycle Postcard 04
It's Friday. It's springtime. The sun is shinging over Copenhagen and injecting us with upwards of 100,000 Lux. We thought it proper and right to sex up the weekend with another installment from the "Naughty Vintage Danish Postcards" collection from the late 1800's/early 1900's. See the previous post for more filth.

So here you have it. Racy racing with a spot of stunt. Check out that shockingly positioned leg on the tete de la course.

Copenhagenize - Sexing Up Your Internet depuis 2007. Now get thee to a nunnery.

Have a good weekend.

Start useless trivia: When Shakespeare wrote about getting theeself to a nunnery, he meant a brothel. Nunnery being slang for brothel back in the day. Innit.

28 April 2011

Naughty

Bicycle Postcard 01
A friend has a photo book of "Naughty Vintage Danish Postcards". Most are from the late 1800's/early 1900's.
Loads of rubenesque ladies in sultry positions and then there were these. Bicycle Naughtiness. So risqué. :-) Probably NSFW in some countries... watch out.
Bicycle Postcard 02

Bicycle Postcard 03

27 April 2011

Kjøbenhavn

Kjøbenhavn, Kjøbenhavn
Jeg er åndeløs

Har lige cyklet gennem dig
din kælling, din killing
sminket med forårsol
fra 2000 til 1072

Du har gjort dig til
for mig idag

har lige cyklet gennem dig
ved siden af dig
forbi dig og imod dig
har rullet langsom op i dig
bremset hårdt for at ikke køre
ind i dig

jeg cykler rundt i det
kjøbenhavn

har lige cyklet gennem dig
i en sværm af cyklende medborgere

jeg overhalede
trak ind til siden
spurtede og bremsede
hvilede med foden
på dine varme kantsten
omringet
af cykler og mennesker
mennesker på cykler
og afsted igen

Hvad er det du gør ved mig
Kjøbenhavn

lokker mig
forfører mig

jeg fløj gennem
tusinde usynlige skyer
af parfume og shampoo

lå på baghjul
af et dusin cykelpiger
og overhalede med et smil

mærkede mine medborgere
deres menneskelighed
iagttog deres bevægelser
deres bevægende kroppe

med rank ryg
lader jeg hidsige forstadsnitter
suse forbi
glæder mig ved tanken
at de er væk igen om 8 timer

missede med øjnene
i modlys
for at se uret på dit rådhus
og øjnene på hende
i den grønne kjole

Du... Hafnia
kæden hopper aldrig af for mig
når du tager mig i hånden
fører den op til din barm
ned til dit skød

alle cykelstier fører
til dit hjerte
som banker for mig alene
i dag

københavn
din gamle havneluder
lad mig cykle hen til dig
nævn din pris
jeg betaler
og betaler gerne ekstra
for et kys

du er min by
min copenfuckinghagen

jeg er åndeløs
har lige cyklet gennem dig

26 April 2011

50% On Bike By 2012! No... 2015! No... 2025!!

Spring Sunshine 39

ADDENDUM - 09 MAY 2011
The head of Copenhagen's Bicycle Office, Andreas Røhl, sent us a comment about the above article. It's at the end of this article.

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On April 16 there was an article in Politiken, a national newspaper, about some visionary new goals for cycling in Copenhagen.

The current mayor in charge of the Technical & Environmental Administration (DoT), Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard, is quoted as saying the following soundbites:

"If you don't dare to be ambitious, you don't get anywhere".

The journalist, who apparently suffers from short and medium term memory loss, wrote this:

"It is daring. The goal is that 50% of all trips to work or education in the city of Copenhagen will be on bicycles by 2025."

He happily quotes the mayor's press release (Ctrl+C - Ctrl+V is, of course, the New Journalism):

Aiming High
Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard admits that it is a high goal to aim for.
"We haven't seen cities that can reach 50%. It's an ambitious project and one must ask one's self if it the target can be reached," explains Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard. (who has obviously never heard of Groningen in Holland...)

If you know nothing about it it sounds great! Wow. How visionary of this Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard.

Here's the problem. Here's why this is Newspeak in a silver (tinfoil, actually) lining.

In the City of Copenhagen's Cycling Strategy 2006-2010 there was the declared goal that 50% of all trips to work and education should be by bicycle by... 2012.

Here's a screengrab of the visionary goals from the City's website:

That was back when the mayor in charge of our DoT was Klaus Bondam and he, together with the then Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard, found 250 million extra kroner to work towards the goals.

Bjerregaard later took the piggy bank away from Bondam in order to go to bed with the right-wing parties so that she could try and win the next election, leaving Bondam's visions out in the cold. What a smack in the face THAT was.

Then, a couple of years later, the visionary goals returned, slightly readjusted. This time wrapped up in a package called Miljømetropol (Environmental Metropolis). The declared goals looked like this:

50% of of all trips to work and education should be by bicycle by... 2015. A three year extension. It IS a tricky goal, especially when bicycle helmet promotion reared it's ugly head in early 2008 and rebranded cycling negatively for the first time, as well as causing cycling levels to fall in Copenhagen. But three years... I could almost live with that.

Here's a screengrab from the City's website with the 2015 goal:


And now the new mayor has just extended the deadline by a DECADE. 2025. Without admitting that A. the goals aren't even his vision and B. He has failed as a bicycle-friendly politician.

He prefers putting money into electric cars even when Copenhageners don't want them, prefering more bicycle infrastructure investment and more Metro instead.

You simply cannot 'communicate' yourself to 50% of all trips by bicycle. Posters, websites and recycled spin will not achieve that.

You need money. More than the €10 million annual budget for Bicycle Office. 250 million kroner could have been an excellent start. But the visionary bicycle-friendly politician has left the building. Leaving us in an increasingly car-centric vacuum in the nation's capital.

Copenhageners can discuss - often heatedly - the former mayor, Klaus Bondam, but one thing is certain. As far as making the City of Cyclists even more bicycle-friendly, Bondam was a once-in-a-generation visionary and he accomplished more in his first week on the job that Kjeldgaard has in his first 18 months.

ADDENDUM - 09 MAY 2011
The head of Copenhagen's Bicycle Office, Andreas Røhl, sent us a comment about the above article:

"1) The goal of 50% wasn't part of the bicycle strategy for 2002-2012 and thereby has never been a goal for 2012. In the Bicycle Strategy for 2012 there was a goal of 40% - which we started to edge closer to with 37% in a snow-free year (2009) . Therefore that goal was adjusted to 50% by the end of 2015 in connection with the City Council's 2007 decision that Copenhagen should become a Miljømetropol (Environmental Metropolis), including the world's best bicycle city.

2) In addition, it doesn't say in the new Bicycle Strategy that the goal has been veiled for 2015. It merely says that it is extremely ambitious and that if we don't reach it in 2015 we will continue to work towards it in 2025.

Also, part of reaching the 50% goal presupposed congestion charges, which the national government hasn't allowed the City of Copenhagen to initiate."


Thanks for your input, Andreas.

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Thanks to Lasse for the link.

A related criticism of the City's backpedalling on visionary projects - in Danish - at the Latterlig at... (Ridiculous that...) blog.

Dig This

Archeology and Bicycles
I end up riding behind these two chaps on my way to the Copenhagenize Consulting offices in the mornings. The new Metro line is underway and the first phase - like in any many cities with a long history - involves archeologists and historians from the Copenhagen Museum.

You can't stick spade into the ground without hitting history so archeologists are on the front lines when excavation begins.

The two chaps in the photos ride through town with their gear, heading for the dig, on two of the Copenhagen Museum's fleet of short john bikes.

Old Bomb Shelter under City Hall Square
Spotted this the other day. A WW2 bomb shelter under City Hall Square. Not exactly old, of course, but still interesting to see it dug up. The text reads; "Abuse (of the facility) will be punished according to the law."

25 April 2011

Cycling Nurses Help Thwart Hospitalisation

Copenhagen Nursing
Copenhagen Nurse doing her rounds by bicycle.

Don't be surprised if you see a cyclist in hospital whites pedalling about the city of Frederiksberg, in the middle of Copenhagen [population: 91,000]. Nurses providing post-natal care to new mothers and fathers ride around the city, and in Copenhagen as well, but treating the elderly in their own home has also proved to be beneficial.

Frederiksberg Hospital sends nurses out to elderly citizens in order to treat them at home. An initiative that gives the elderly patients a greater peace of mind, but also saves money on hospitalisation.

The nurses ride out to patients when a care home, a doctor or the person's home helper calls for assistance. The initiative has been in place since 2005 and it is now seen to bear fruit.

Frederiksberg Hospital believes that 82% of the cycling visits have thwarted a potential hospital visit, because it was possible to treat the problem in the patient's own home. While the hospital is pleased to save money, it is the human aspect that really matters. The satisfaction rate among the elderly is high when they are not required to undergo a stressing hospital visit.

On the financial side of the equation the hospital has estimated the savings. A hospital patient costs 3500 kroner [€460/$700] per day and is hospitalised for three days on average.

By sending cycling nurses out to patients there are 220 cases where hospitalisation is avoided. That is a saving of 2.3 million kroner [€305,000/$460,000]. Add to that savings on ambulances, which totals roughly 450,000 kroner [€60,000/$90,000].

"Our two cycling nurses have years of experience and are most certainly capable of deciding whether the patient can be treated at home or sent to the hospital. They spend a good amount of time with each patient and the citizens enjoy a quality experience when they are treated in the comfort of their own home", says project leader Berit Juhl.

Many other hospitals are now looking at how they can implement similar schemes.

19 April 2011

The Sperm Bike in Copenhagen - World Exclusive


Just when you thought you had seen everything in the Copenhagen bicycle culture, the Sperm Bullitt appears on the cycle tracks of the city.

Yes. The Sperm Bullitt. This is brilliant. If you're cycling around Copenhagen, keep your eyes peeled for this bike.

Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe's leading sperm banks and the company was looking at environmentally-friendly alternatives to how they could transport their sperm samples to the fertility clinics around Greater Copenhagen.

The company's CEO, Peter Bower, says, "The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility clinics in a C02-friendly way. Shortly afterwards followed the idea of a custom-designed bike with a cooling system. Now, six months later, we can cycle around the city on our sperm cell bike."


The text on the side reads Become a Sperm Donor in Danish.

The bike is more than just a rolling billboard for the company aimed at increasing awareness of the need for donors to help childless children around the world. Inside the head of the giant sperm cell is a cooler compartment designed so that the metal containers with sperm donations can fit snugly inside and be kept cold.

CEO Peter Bower rides the bike himself around town and he is constantly stopped by curious passersby who want to take photos of it or ask questions about the unique design.

"We're always looking for new donors so it's a fine bonus that the Sperm Cell Bike gets peoples attention.", says Peter Bower.

The Sperm Bike is, like the company's sperm donations, a Danish product and constructed around the Danish Bullitt cargo bike from Larry vs Harry.



Producing the Sperm Bike was no easy task. It was constructed by the Danish company 10 Tons - who specialise in zoological and botanical models as well as paleontologic reconstructions, including full-size whales and dinosaurs.

With the tail, the bike is 2.9 metres long and fully-loaded with... um... sperm... it weighs 50 kg. About the same as my cargo bike with two kids and a bag of groceries.

Here are some photos that Copenhagenize took of the Sperm Bike last month:
Sperm Bullitt 05 Sperm Bullitt 07 Sperm Bullitt Sperm Bullitt 02 Sperm Bullitt 03

An Aside from Copenhagenize... Why a Bullitt?
That it was a Bullitt from Larry vs Harry that was chosen for the Sperm Bike is not that surprising. From a marketing perspective, it is fascinating to regard how the brand has become cult so quickly all over the world. A loyal following of customers is something that any company dreams of and many bike brands have such a group. What I find interesting is why the Bullitt breeds so much creativity. There is enormous creativity regarding cargo bikes in Copenhagen but what we're seeing is that the iconic Bullitt is being used for purposes out of the ordinary. Here's a list off the top of my head:

- The Cocktail Delivery Bullitt.
- The Karaoke Bullitt in Berlin.
- The Surfing Bullitt.
- The Newborn-Baby Transport Bullitt.
- The Bike Repair Bullitt.
- The Childrens Bedroom Bullitt.
- The Nike Shoebox Bullitt.
- The Summer Wading Pool Bullitt.
- The Fixie Bullitt.
- The Windmill and Solar Bullitt.
- The Rowboat Bullitt.
- The Santa's Sleigh Bullitt.
- The Daddy's Sleigh Bullitt.
- The Stereo Bullitt from Klara Geist.
- Still awaiting documentation (detailed and photographic please) of the Stripper Pole Bullitt in Dublin.

16 April 2011

Bicycles Are Faster Than Cars

Langebro Stand
We're no strangers to the legendary 'Energy and Equity' essay by Ivan Illich from 1976. We have the first chapter here on Copenhagenize, but Andreas sent us a link to an excerpt from it at No Tech Magazine.

Which then led us to discover that the good people at Clever Cycles have slapped the whole essay on their site.

This excerpt is about how bicycles are faster than cars. As Andreas puts it, "Calculations are from the 70's, but I like the idea of the overall miles pr hour comparison between modes of transport, and am thinking that the figures might even be more advantageous for bikes these days."


"The model American male devotes more than 1,600 hours a year to his car. He sits in it while it goes and while it stands idling. He parks it and searches for it. He earns the money to put down on it and to meet the monthly installments. He works to pay for gasoline, tolls, insurance, taxes, and tickets. He spends four of his sixteen waking hours on the road or gathering his resources for it."

"The model American puts in 1,600 hours to get 7,500 miles: less than five miles per hour. In countries deprived of a transportation industry, people manage to do the same, walking wherever they want to go, and they allocate only 3 to 8 per cent of their society’s time budget to traffic instead of 28 per cent. What distinguishes the traffic in rich countries from the traffic in poor countries is not more mileage per hour of life-time for the majority, but more hours of compulsory consumption of high doses of energy, packaged and unequally distributed by the transportation industry."

"Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories. The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well. The bicycle lifted man’s auto-mobility into a new order, beyond which progress is theoretically not possible."

"Bicycles are not only thermodynamically efficient, they are also cheap. With his much lower salary, the Chinese acquires his durable bicycle in a fraction of the working hours an American devotes to the purchase of his obsolescent car. The cost of public utilities needed to facilitate bicycle traffic versus the price of an infrastructure tailored to high speeds is proportionately even less than the price differential of the vehicles used in the two systems."

15 April 2011

The World's Youngest Urbanist

Lulu Hardware Store Trip
Ah, out of the mouths of babes. Last Sunday I dropped Felix off at football training and then headed to a hardware store with Lulu-Sophia in the Bullitt. She's three and half. We talked as we rolled along, as we always do.

At a red light she looked over at a motorcyclist with a passenger on the back. She commented on it.

"Daddy... look. There's a motorcycle with TWO people on it!"

Daddy replied with "Yeah! I guess they're friends or something, aren't they?"

"Yeah." She thought about this for a moment.

"We're two people on this bicycle, too!"

"Yes, we are. We're friends, too."

"Yeah."

The light changed green and we rolled onwards. What then came out of her little mouth and clever mind amazed me. She must have been looking around at the traffic after making her observations.

"When people are in cars, you can't see them, can you?"

"No, you can't", said Daddy. But you can see people on bicycles, can't you? And people walking and those people on that motorbike."

"Yeah... cars are silly, aren't they, Daddy? You can't see the people in them. That's silly..."

That made my heart sing. The world's youngest Urbanist. Right there on my bike. She's only three and a half so I haven't had chats with her about why bicycles are cool and safe and good or why too much car traffic is a bad thing for cities and safety and the public health - like I have with my 9 year old son. Although the time she has spent in cars in her three and a half years totals no more than five or six hours.

This was pure observation on her part. And a pure, logical, innocent and human conclusion.

Being able to see people around you in your city is... a good thing.

Cars are silly.

Every Time You Buy Lycra, a Polar Bear Dies

Polar Bear

Steve from Bristol sent us an amusing email stemming from the recent Every Time a Bicycle is Stolen a Fairy Dies post.

As he puts it, Every Time You Buy Lycra, a Polar Bear Dies. He explains:

"It's worth noting that since 2004, Lycra and coolmax fabrics have been owned by Koch Industries.

The brothers who own most of this company don't believe in global warming - and also think if it is true, it could be good for the planet. Ironically, they are one of the top 10 air polluters in the US, according to a report from last year by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute.

Here's an article about the brothers from NPR.

And here's an article about the brothers and their support of right-wing causes, including the bit about air pollution from The New Yorker.

The conclusion is: if you own old Lycra or Coolmax you are untainted. If, however, you bought stuff after 2004 then you fund Sarah Palin and other mad people, and if you buy lycra now you only make things worse.

Whereas Merino wool only helps sheep."


Enjoy the Ride


Here's a whole different way of approaching a behavioural campaign. It's focused on drivers but the tone is refreshing and calm. Actually, if the Slow Bicycle Movement were given a few hundred thousand euros for an advert it would probably be something like this. Just with bicycles.

I actually caught myself taking deep breaths in the middle of the commercial.

It's a product of Western Australia and part of the Enjoy The Ride campaign.

Thanks to Peter for the link. He added "I like safety programs that reduce danger, as opposed to add padding." Indeed.

14 April 2011

When a Bike is Stolen a Fairy Dies


Our reader Rachel took this shot in Adelaide, Australia and fired it off to us. Thanks so much for that, Rachel.

I quite like it.

It reminded me of something completed unrelated. There is an old Danish superstition that if you light a cigarette directly from a candle flame, an Icelandic sailor dies. You can, however, save his life if you quickly light a match, let it burn halfway, grab the burnt end and let it burn the entire length, without breaking it.

On a vaguely more related note, Icelanders believe in fairies and elves. They actually reroute roads to avoid rock formations where they may be living in colonies. And this in the most literate country in the world.

11 April 2011

The World Has Changed


At last, 61 seconds of film in succint reply to the incessant whining about how things can't change, behaviour won't change, people won't ride bicycles in 'my' city, blahblahblah. From the World Wildlife Fund in Canada. Via @katsdekker and @thecyclingjim

Child's Play

Bicycle Commuting - It’s Child’s Play
Another graphic doodad from our friend Antoine in NZ. Click through to get a larger version, print it out, give it to the kids. Or a politician near you.

10 April 2011

Round and Round We Go

Keepyrighty
I like roundabouts. I ride through a couple each day, in particular the one above on my way to my son's school. The cycle track continues all the way around and you can turn off wherever you like. Cars give way, of course, and entering the roundabout involves the same basic rules of right of way as car traffic.

Roskilde - Right Turn for Bicycles at Roundabout
I particularly like this roundabout in Roskilde, 30 km west of Copenhagen. It has double cycle tracks so that if you're merely turning right you don't have to interfere with bicycle users who are continuing around the circle. Or worry about cars bothering you.

Roskilde Two Lane Roundabout 02Roskilde Two Lane Roundabout
Here it is in better weather.

Infrastructure trivia: a roundabout is called a Keepylefty in Swahili.

Nighttime Roundabout
Here's a smaller roundabout I pass quite often. I like this one. The cycle track is raised up to the level of the cycle track you arrived on- This creates a speed bump for the cars who are entering or leaving the roundabout but lets the bicycle users continue bump-free.

Copencouple Bicycles
Like most aspects of Danish bicycle planning, roundabout design is a part of our national design and concept guidebook.


08 April 2011

Accommodating for Cyclists During Roadworks & Construction

Prioritising Cycling During Construction
The City prioritises the bicycle traffic wherever possible in such situations. It doesn't make much sense to build bicycle infrastructure and then not keep it clear. Roads are swept or cleared of snow, as are sidewalks. The same applies to bicycle lanes and tracks. The bicycles must roll on. In a city with such high levels of bicycle traffic, restricting their movement would be expensive. For example, thousands of people late for work means lost manhours for the economy.

Plus, it's illegal to block the cycle tracks here.

Roadworks Nice To Bikes
Maintaining the quality of the infrastructure in cities is a neccessity and, as everyone has experienced, roadworks cause traffic congestion and delays. In Copenhagen, there are rules that apply to our bicycle network during situations with roadworks or construction.

We've seen how the cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg prioritise bicycles during snowstorms in the winter so let's look at some examples of how the cities prioritise bicycle traffic when there are roadworks.

Firstly, it is not permitted to block the bicycle lanes. I recall many years ago I was working on a commercial and we had a massive truck parked on a rather deserted street in the North-West neighbourhood of Copenhagen. We put up a little scaffold in order to paint a logo on the side of the truck. The scaffold was on the cycle track. There were hardly any cyclists on that stretch - a handful went past - but then a police car rolled up and told us that we were blocking the cycle track. We moved the scaffold, of course, and all was well. It must have been a slow day for the cops, but it's a good example of how seriously keeping the bicycle infrastructure clear is taken.

In the photo at the top a large sewage maintenance truck needs to occupy a space on the street for a while. Signage is required, informing the various traffic modes about the obstruction. The car traffic is forced into a one lane solution but the bicycle is allowed to continue straight on. In this case, the sidewalk is unaffected.

Stripes in the Bike Lane Urban Orange*
In case of more permanent obstructions like construction work, the city accomodates for cyclists wherever possible. In the photo on the left there was construction of a building and in this case the pedestrians were asked to cross to the far side and the cycle track was preserved. Worth noting that on this stretch the bicycle traffic is more considerable than the pedestrian traffic. In the photo on the right, past the Central Station, part of the sidewalk was obstructed by construction and barriers were set up to give the pedestrians more space, but still maintaining the flow of bicycle traffic. Narrower for a stretch of 75 metres or so, but still prioritised.

Renovations
When a building is being renovated and scaffolding is put up to cover the facade, the pedestrians have to be allowed free passage through the scaffolding on the sidewalk but there must not be any obstruction on the cycle track. Converted containers used as offices for the construction workers are placed on the street and any cables or wiring must be raised up and over the cycle track.

Roadworks
Here's a classic example of prioritising bicycle traffic, at the expense of the car traffic. Work is going on at the intersection and the cycle track is led out into the car lane. This situation lasted, if memory serves, a few days. Interestingly, car traffic was restricted from turning right during the roadworks, while bicycles and pedestrians were still able to do so.

Cyclist on the Sidewalk
There are rare situations where cyclists and pedestrians must share the sidewalk for a short period of time - again, only in places where traffic levels are low. Then the standard sign, above, comes into play - "Cyclist on Sidewalk".

Roadworks City Hall Square
At the moment in the centre of Copenhagen there is an excessive amount of construction work going on. We are building a new Metro line - a circle route - and several buildings are under construction - and especially on the City Hall Square - in the photos above and below - adjusting the traffic flow to accomodate for bicycles and pedestrians is a bit of a challenge.

Roadworks Cyclists Dismount and Detour
Roadworks City Hall Square Roadworks Glyptotek
Hans Christian Boulevard, running past the City Hall Square has 20-25,000 cyclists each day and 100,000-200,000 pedestrians depending on the season. In addition, there is a high level of car traffic. From the photos it is clear by the width of the temporary cycle tracks that bicycles are given priority.

Bike Lane Construction of Bike Lanes
The bicycle infrastructure is sometimes used for informing about roadworks ahead. At left: The signage straddles the cycle track and informs motorists (not cyclists) that Howitz Street is closed between April 15 and September 15. At right: A sign informing all traffic users that construction of cycle tracks on this stretch will finish in November.

Roadworks Side Street Roadworks Exception to the Rule
There are exceptions to the rules when the stretch of street/cycle track is not that busy. At left: On this short block the bicycles share the sidewalk. AT right: in the heart of the city - near Copenhagenize Consulting's offices - this may look like something people are used to seeing in other countries. However, the level of car traffic is low and it is safe for bicycles in this instance to weave around the obstruction to the left of it.

Bike Lane Obstruction
This is another exception to the rule. One that is hard to bitch about. Paramedics putting a patient into an ambulance on a very busy cycle track. I was at the front of a wave of cyclists and you can see the wave before us on the sidewalk at the right. I don't really get why the ambulance didn't park up on the wide sidewalk - loads of room. But hey.

Copenhagen Footrest Holding On
Footrest Advantage of Roadworks
Roadworks do have on distinct advantage. They allow bicycle users to lean against them whilst waiting for red lights. Including yours truly in the last photo.

At all times, prioritising bicycle traffic is of the utmost importance. A city must send concrete signals that it takes bicycle traffic seriously. Cycling citizens need a city that is reliable in its maintenance and prioritisation of bicycles. If they can count on their infrastructure being taken care of, it will encourage them to ride. If trains, for example, are unreliable, fewer people will use them and look to other modes. The same applies to bicycle traffic. Rain or snow. Roadworks or smooth sailing. 24-7.


07 April 2011

Cargo Bike Stuff

Logic and Co
Here in Cargo Bike land you don't see this type of cargo bike very often. But it's great when you do. It's for a building company called Logik & Co. - Logic & Co. - which applies perfectly to use cargo bicycles in cities.

Old School
I got excited seeing this old school cargo bike that used to rule the streets of the city back in the day. So excited I couldn't get a proper shot of it.
Copenhagen Bike Messengers on City Hall Square
Here's one from 'back in the day'.

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And here's Lulu outside a hardware store next to the Bullitt and some other cargo bike customers.