30 May 2011

Marathon Outriders

Outrider Come on Mum
Last weekend saw the annual running of the Copenhagen Marathon. 12,000 runners took part. I was out with my dad, his companion and my kids and we watched it for a bit. I mostly took photos of the cyclists enjoying the car-free streets, but hey. What I noticed, however, was the many outriders riding bicycles alongside the runners.

Above, a husband and child following the wife/mum with a banner reading "Come on, Mum!" as encouragement. Brilliant.
Another example was this guy riding alongside a friend. Respect to the runner for being able to smile and laugh.

The bicycle as support vehicle. Nice.

Get the Hell Away From My Children

My son brought this home from school the other day. He showed it to be with a smile and said "Daddy... I think you better put this on your website..."

Clever boy. By and large I have faith in the Danish education system. My boy goes to a good school and has brilliant teachers. Once in a while, however, they let people from the wrong side of the rationality tracks into the classroom. Without me, the parent, knowing about it or allowing me to choose if I want my children to particpate.

Denmark is largely a secular nation. Only 7% attend church in Copenhagen. When my son started going to school, however, I was rather amazed to hear that they were led down the street to church on occasion. So much for separating church and state. Now, he let's me know when it will happen and I take him to the Zoological Museum or the Science Museum to talk about Darwin and/or science instead - when work allows me to.

It's the same thing with this ridiculous reflective vest that was handed out to his class recently. Without any prior knowledge, some safety freaks from something called Børneulykkefonden - something like Childrens Accident Foundation in English - were allowed in the classroom.

They handed out reflective vests and flyers to the children. The headline on the flyer reads "It's Cool to be Seen in the Traffic". The text starts out with the bold claim that "Reflective vests save lives".

The funny thing is that there is very little scientific evidence that backs up this claim. One study from Norway is all they're basing their claim on. One study.

They go on to say that you should always wear a vest in the dark, the rain and in fog. Which is basically 7 months of the year in Denmark.

Seriously. This is what this little flock of worryworts wants. That everyone wears reflective vests.

250,000 years of Homo sapiens and now THESE ridiculous people are flogging their personal perception of fear to MY children.

These are the poster children for The Culture of Fear. These are the people society at large should be wary of. Together with The Danish Road 'Safety' Council (Rodet for Sikker Panik), this group of unelected safety nannies are allowed free access to society so that they can preach their fears. All so neo-religious. All so North Korean.

Regarding my son, he has great humour and knew that this reflective vest thing would be right down my alley. However, it's not all flippant. We have great conversations about safety and traffic and I try to be as balanced as possible when I try to explain the mentality of these safety nannies and why indepedent thought, based on experience and research, is more important than a little group of communication consultants vainly attempting to project their personal fear on the population at large.

Nowhere on the website for this little Borneulykkesfonden.dk website is there a call for lower speed limits, fewer cars on the streets, switching short trips to the bicycle or anything remotely rational and positive for society. Just the usually scaring people off of bikes and attempting to wrap citizens in bubble wrap while blatantly ignoring the bull. They are merely spokespeople for a car-centric society. Together with the rest of the Fear Culture Safety Brigade we should send them to a remote island with suits like these:

I spoke with a teacher who teaches a 7th grade class a month or so ago. She had given the students the task to research bike helmets. They all agreed that the only reason some of them wore them was because "their parents told them to". The teacher told them to research the subject thoroughly, looking at science and other sources and to reach their OWN conclusion. That's it. Nothing more said.

She told me that the conclusion made by these students was that here in Denmark - where they've from - there was little reason to wear or promote bike helmets and that their parents knew little about the subject.

What thrills me is that this cool teacher gave these 7th graders a task in independent thought, research and collective decision-making. Whatever the outcome of their project, independent thought was the winner at the end of the day.

And independent thought and rationality will defeat the Safety Nannies. Until then, stay the hell away from my children.

26 May 2011

Pleasing Everyone At Once

Here's a poster promoting cycling in New York for www.bikemonthnyc.com. My friend Kelly sent it to me and I think I'll let him do all the talking:

Thought you might like this poster - if only for the socio-political landmine it tiptoes through.

We have:

- bikes prominently featured (Ride a bike message: check)
- the older gent, middle-age woman, younger woman (Target age groups: check)
- race/gender diversity (Diversity advocates: check)
- gent with his helmet (Helmet advocates: check)
- ladies not wearing helmets (anti-helmet advocates: check)
- all walking their bikes on sidewalks (ride safely advocates: check; bonus points for appeasing both helmet and anti-helmet camp at the same time)
- speed of bike transport highlighted (urban transportation advocates: check)
- outer borough (Brooklyn) featured (hipsters: check)

The only thing missing is someone actually riding a bike. But I suppose that's to be inferred.

It's for Bike Month NYC, but if you're planning on riding on June 1st and beyond, remember to sign up for Bike Century.

Fear Campaign Sneak Preview

Here at Copenhagenize we've learned that a new campaign about right-turn collisions is underway from the Road Directorate and friends. You can bet that the communications people from the Road Safety Council have their car-centric fingers in the soup, too.

A group of people were called in to a feedback session for Megafon where they were presented with the new campaign and were asked to give their impressions about it.

By all accounts, the Danish population can look forward to more classic Ignoring the Bull messaging from people who seem to lack basic marketing skills.

We only have a verbal and written account of the upcoming campaign from a couple of the participants but it is clear that little has changed in the field of behavourial campaigns. Nobody has woken up and smelled the emotional propaganda.

The campaign is primarily posters for busstops and the sides of busses. There were different proposals that the group were asked to comment on. Different texts and images. All of them featured women.

One of the texts was:
- "Hun tog chancen, han skreg efter ambulancen"
- "She took the chance - he screamed for an ambulance."

Ah... now we see a pattern.
Danish Fear Merchants - Ignoring the Bull 1
The campaign was likely produced by the same 'visionaries' that whipped together the above car-centric campaign, which we have blogged about before.

So it's clear that there are no new dumplings in the soup - to confuse you with a strange Danish expression.

The user group apparently gave a solid thumbs down to the "She took the chance, he sreamed after an ambulance" text and the other texts were even worse, according to our moles.

There is also a radio spot with a woman singing a version of a Danish childrens song - similar to the American Ten Little Indians but with Ten Small Cyclists.

Predictably, the song involved lyrics about five cyclists cycling down the street. Four stopped and one continued on without looking - cue screeching brakes and a woman screaming.

The website to accompany the campaign was just as visionless and car-centric. The panel gave it a thumbs down, too. Five pieces of advice for avoiding right-turn collisions. Wisdom like "watch out for trucks", "look around", "keep eye contact" and so on. Why do safety nannies insist on condescending to people?

There was also a campaign aimed at motorists, which another panel allegedly was giving feedback on. With five pieces of advice for avoiding collisions with cyclists.

Not surprisingly, none of the five was "Leave your car at home", "Take your bicycle or public transport".

It boggles the mind that public funding continues to be used in flawed campaigns that serve no purpose other than scaring people off of bikes and making car travel look like the preferred way to get around.

25 May 2011

Frogs and Lizards Rank Higher Than Humans

Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, spoke at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig today and he brought an interesting observation to the discussion.

Millions of dollars are spent protecting frogs and lizards but pedestrians and cyclists often suffer from lack of infrastructure.

It's a great comment. Ranking frogs higher than humans in our spending.

What he is referring to is the many wildlife crossings that are built to protect wildlife and prevent wildlife/car conflicts. The most well-known examples are in Canada, providing safe passage for wildlife that wish to migrate across the Trans-Canada Highway:

What an impressive, expensive structure. I'm pleased that the wildlife doesn't have to suffer the destructive capability of the automobile. Hell, they don't even have to suffer SEEING the cars because of the foliage.

30,000 cars a day pass this point in Banff National Park in the summer. Which, however, is a number similar to the number of cars on many city streets. Here is a link to several other photos of these overpasses.

Here's a text from Parks Canada's website about the crossings:
This overpass was built JUST for wildlife (no humans allowed!). It’s on the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park, which serves more than 30,000 vehicles a day in summer. As you can imagine, fencing this wide and very busy roadway has greatly reduced roadkills. But without crossing structures, park wildlife would be unable to move from one side of the valley to the other. And wild animals need to move freely throughout their habitat to stay healthy.

It's quite easy to see Penalosa's point. Great sums of money spent to protect animals but very little money spent to protect humans on bicycles or foot in our cities.

Look at the last sentence in the text from Parks Canada. Human beings are no different. They need to move freely throughout their habitat to stay healthy, too. If someone could tell me how much these overpasses cost, I'll tell how many km of cycle tracks could be built for the same money.

On the same website you can see an example of wildlife underpasses. The one above, from Wateron Lakes National Park, is designed specifically for long-toed salamanders. There are also 27 underpasses along the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park, in addition to the overpasses.

In Davis, California, cute houses are built to hide tunnels that help frogs cross the street.

The company Theiss is proud of their highway fauna crossings in Australia, as you can see on their website. Although you can also read that "187,000 seedlings were planted, eventually equating to taking 1265 cars off the road.". Ignoring the Bull and Greenwashing all at once. Plant trees, sure, but please don't pretend it reduces car traffic. Seedlings, as far as I'm aware, don't kill people in collisions.

Wildlife crossings were first built in the 1950's, in France. The 1950's really are a pivotal decade in urban mobility and not at all in a positive sense. The post-war prosperity that led to the explosive automobile boom in that decade. It was in the 50's that bicycle usage started to drop in cities all around the world as urban planners started to think car first and pedestrians/cyclists second. The cycle tracks in Copenhagen started to be removed in the 1950's to make space for cars and only reappeared in the 1980's.

This Wikipedia page has lots of information about wildlife crossings or ecoducts. They are found in many countries. Densely populated Netherlands is one nation that has many wildlife crossing solutions. But they invest, of course, in protecting their human cyclists first.

So that's what Penalosa was on about. And rightly so. Protect the wildlife with large amounts of taxpayers money. Absolutely. But don't do it without providing homo sapians in our cities with safe bicycle infrastructure and safe pedestrian facilities.

Safe urban mobility is a basic human right that deserves investment and vision.

24 May 2011

Bike Century! Copenhagenize sponsors bike event

Copenhagenize is proud to launch an exciting new intiative today! With all of these Bike to Work Days/Weeks/Months proliferating on the internet we thought we'd take it to the next level. In a classic case of oneupmanship, we're proud to be the official sponsor of the launch of:

Bike Century!

For obvious reasons Copenhagenize was unable to sponsor the first Bike Century - one of the most successful events of any kind in human history.

Launched in the 1880's it was scheduled to run until 1999. Unfortunately, the rise of the automobile rained on the parade and the event petered out all over the world in the 1950's, despite a fantastic start over the first 60-70 years. There was a brief revival in the early 1970's but people just didn't seem to be involved in the event anymore.

Now we're launching the second Bike Century which encompasses a family of events including Bike to Work Century / Bike to the Cinema Century / Bike to the Supermarket Century / Bike to the Local Café Century / Bike to School Century etc etc etc.

We're looking forward to seeing millions of people signing up for this event from all over the world. But hurry! You have to sign up and pledge to ride a bicycle BEFORE December 31st, 2099!

All participants will get a free extra seven years of life plus fewer illnesses! At no extra cost!

You can pledge your participation by joining the Bike Century Facebook Group.

Feel free to use the above graphic to show that you're signed up for Bike Century on your blog or website.

Have a lovely bicycle-riding century! All you need is a bicycle.

Spread the word!

23 May 2011


Hitch a Ride
You don't see these too often in Copenhagen. Little trailers for hauling your kids on their own bike. The family looked like tourists. Kids will largely ride their bikes or be transported in cargo bikes. Perhaps that's the reason. Although it's a great little idea.

21 May 2011

Politicians and Bicycles in Denmark

Politicians Bikes
National election fever is rising in Denmark with loads of speculation about when the election will be called. Campaigning has already begun. On my way to the CycleLogistics conference a couple of days ago Kamal Qureshi from the Socialist People's Party was at a red light near City Hall Square. When each flock of cyclists stopped for red, he walked through and handed out leaflets.

On a newspaper earlier in the week the leader of the Danish Social-Liberal Party, Margrete Vestager, was featured in an article. "Vestager Goes Home Without an Agreement". Featured on her bicycle outside the parliament.
The man on this photo isn't a politician but he's married to one - Henriette Kjær. He was sentenced to three years in jail for fraud - his actions forced his wife to resign - and the headline reads: "Sentenced to three years in jail... Here is Erik running away..."

On bicycle of course. I don't know what the story is about - and am not interested - but of course he took off on a bicycle.

17 May 2011

Cargo Bike Armada in Copenhagen!

Mads and Toby
My good friend Mads and his son Tobias on their way to football.

Copenhagenize Consulting are well into our kick-off meeting in Copenhagen for the launch of the EU project CycleLogistics, which we are a partner in. Mary blogged about it the other day.

A strong team of stakeholders from all over Europe are in Copenhagen to meet up and plan the next three years of the project - as well as to be inspired by the cargo bike goodness here in the City of Cyclists.

During the conference all manner of cargo bikes are employed to cater to the group but tomorrow - 18 May 2011 - will be rather special. We've gathered an impressive armada of cargo bikes together for inspiration. Not only manufacturers but also people and companies who use cargo bikes for their businesses.

If you're in Copenhagen and want to see the armada, we'll be at Islands Brygge 37 - on the harbour side of the street - from 11:30 to 12:30.

Never before will such an array of cargo bike solutions be gathered in one place at one time in Copenhagen.

Hey. That's what we do at Copenhagenize Consulting.

Follow @CycleLogistics on Twitter. We'll be setting up FB and blog/website shortly.

Hvis du er journalist og gerne vil være med kom gerne i det ovennævnte tidsrum og find mig, Mikael Colville-Andersen. Jeg er nok tæt på pandekagecyklen med Nutella omkring munden. Du kan tale med vores venner fra de andre lande som er med og høre hvorfor de er inspireret af KBHs ladcykel kultur som en løsning i andre byer.

Bicycle Magnets

Copenhagen 1 Bike
It's no secret that bicycles possess magnetic properties. I often play a little game like in these three photos from last weekend. Parking my bicycle in an unorthodox spot and watching it attract other bicycles. Small bicycle anthropology field studies.

Last Friday I was out with a friend and we ended up - as we usually do - at a cool, tiny bar called Riesen. It was still early... about 1 AM. By chance there was a gap in the car parking on this side street and with a lack of space along the buildings, I happily parked my bicycle right there.

Copenhagen 2 Bikes
Twenty minutes later, another bicycle appeared.

Copenhagen 5 Bikes
After 2 AM the bars start getting busy. An hour later, when we left to go to another bar, this is how it looked. Five bicycles taking up the same space as one car. With space left over for more.

The concept is, of course, well known. Copenhagen's parking zones are a prime example, as is this art project in the Netherlands.

14 May 2011

Bike-In Cinema in Brooklyn

My friend Jason in NYC sent us this cool little press-releasy thing.


This May the first ever Bike-in-Theater will be held by the crew at Forking Tasty Suppers, a monthly dinema supperclub in Brooklyn. To launch their new season they are “going public” with their 2 story high projector and inviting anyone on two wheels to come join them. Of course, they like a little mystery so the location, day and time is undisclosed at the moment. To get on the notification list visit bikeintheater.com.

A few things you can expect; lots of cyclist, an old school hit movie and some delicious snacks. It wouldn't be Forking Tasty if they didn't provide some delectable morsels to munch on during what is sure to be a unique evening.

Next Saturday my friend Jason is holding a Bike-In-Theater to celebrate summer and bike month. Get the secret 411 http://bikeintheater.com

FORKING TASTY SUPPERS: http://forkingtastysuppers.com
Our roaming supper club that recreates the lost practice of dinner time. In our house, dinner time was a chance to bond, eat and laugh with family and friends. We restore this tradition by pairing simple, bold cuisine with a uniquely comfortable atmosphere.

Our suppers are an ever-changing experiment in creativity, both culinarily and experientially. Some of our dinners take place on a secret 60-foot deck under the glow of a huge movie screen. Other evenings pop up in a commandeered restaurant for just one night. Some may even require pedaling and chopping by our guests. We are always discovering new places to host our dinners and constantly inventing new dishes to pair with these distinctive locations.

11 May 2011

Punk Commute - Sydney - June 20th 2011

If I was in Sydney next Friday, June 20th, 2011, this is what I would be taking part in.

The Punk Commute. Organised by Copenhagenize darling, Sue Abbott from the Freedom Cyclist blog.

The event in Melbourne last July was great fun... now it's Sydney's turn. Come on, Sydneysiders and Australians at large. Rationality is the new black.

Announce your imminent participation on the Facebook event page.

Copenhagenizing Mary

Let's introduce Copenhagenize Consulting's newest recruit... Mary. She hails from across the sea - North Carolina to be precise - and she has recently started at the company as Director of Planning. Give her a warm welcome.

The simple one word company name, Copenhagenize, perfectly illustrates my dream job. I found written proof of it the other day in the form of an email to my study abroad advisor. It was September 2008 and I was doing my best to convince the study abroad office that Copenhagen, the "most liveable city" in the world and one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world, was where my Environmental Infrastructure and Urban Planning degree had to be completed. My purpose was to find out what green standards they implemented that resulted in so much liveability then take it back to the States and, well, Copenhagenize.

It didn't take long to realize that the thousands of sharply dressed men and women weren't riding for the environment (1% are). They say they do it because it's 'easy' and 'fast.' Since we at Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize like to cycle slowly, I think there's more to it. My American upbringing also tells me that this is neither fast nor easy:

No, these Copenhagen streets are captivating. When I'm not here, I crave them. And when I am here, I revel in them- citizen cyclists moving from point A to point B, chatting, pedaling. The ease that Copenhageners ride is a result of perfectly planned infrastructure details. Those oh-so-smart details that you don’t usually notice until you’re in another city in another country without them. Like the rumble strips on Knippels Bridge so cyclists don’t get too close to the curb, or the green wave leading into the city in the morning and out in the evening. They’re so delightfully subtle that it feels like finding treasure when you realize what you’ve just cycled.

Nowhere else have I been more relaxed and carefree while going to work during peak rush hour. In no dual air bag, roll bar, grill on the front SUV have I been as safe as I am cycling these eight foot wide tracks. No other city in the world is there infrastructure quite like Copenhagen’s.

Not too long after realizing this, I met Mikael. Within minutes it was apparent that this man, vintage wine rack on his gentleman's bicycle, and his career were far more than chic photographer turned blogger. He was doing the transportation planning I'd dreamed of and studied years for. I wanted in faster than you can say "time trial."

Fast forward countless visits to the immigration office and the good news: I’m in, doing the transportation planning I’ve always hoped for. The really good news: we’re Copenhagenizing, inspiring bicycle cultures and providing cities with the planning to re-establish the bicycle as urban transit.

10 May 2011

My Bullitt is Found!!!

The Bullitt is Back!!!!!
Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. I recieved a text message from Christian (at left, above) saying that he had spotted my red stolen Bullitt in his backyard in the Nørrebro neighbourhood.

I called him instantly. (I mean INSTANTLY) and we went over the details on the bike. There was no question it was The Missing Bullitt. My friend Andreas and I hopped onto our bikes and flew off from Copenhagenize Consulting's offices in the centre of Copenhagen to meet up with Christian.
The Bullitt is Back!!!!!
Sure enough, there it was. My primary means of transport. Not locked to anything, with just a cheap wire lock through the wheel and frame. Christian had locked it with his own lock to the railing, just in case.

The guy who nicked it peeled a few of the stickers off - the Bike Portland ones, the Cycle Chic one, but left the main stickers on the sides intact. DUH! The little seat where my daughter sits on the crossbar was gone, as was the wheel lock, but that's about it. Almost completely as I last saw it.

The Bullitt is Back!!!!!
As fate would have it, it was in a backyard only 75 metres from Larry vs Harry's workshop so I just lifted the back wheel and took it there. Borrowed some tools and cut the lock. Freedom! Liberation! A2Bism Revisited!

The Bullitt is Back!!!!!
I promptly threw Christian in the box and we rode to the nearest supermarket. Rewarding him with the traditional Danish summer menu: A case of Tuborg Classic, some potato chips and a bottle of Gammel Dansk.

The Bullitt is Back!!!!!
THIS is what social media is for. THAT'S why we we're here. THAT'S why we came.

I would like to thank everyone who has been on the lookout for the bike in Copenhagen. Thanks to Thue who posted about it on the Fixie King website here in Copenhagen, which is where Christian saw it. Get Christian to give you one of the beers and a shot of Gammel Dansk.

Thanks also to Treehugger and Bike Portland who wrote about it on their sites. And all the retweets and facebook sharing.

Thanks to Andreas from Baisikeli who offered to loan me his Bullitt, too! And to Thorsten, who spotted another Red Bullitt and interegated the rider about where he got it! :-)

You people are amazing.

09 May 2011

Fear the Automobile

Robert Doisneau - Fear the Traffic
Robert Doisneau. Paris. Fear the automobile. You are incapable of defeating it. Fear it.
Doisneau Traffic

08 May 2011

My Bike Was Stolen

Photo by Diego Franssens - from interview in Belgian magazine Knack.

Saturday morning, 11:30. Came out of the flat with the kids, heading for a toy store to buy a present that Felix would then take to a birthday party. Lulu-Sophia and I would then run some errands and hang out in the backyard.

All of this would happen with my red Bullitt cargo bike. Which, I discovered, wasn't where I parked it.

First thought... "Hmm, I thought I parked it there..."
Second thought... "Maybe I parked it in the other spot..."
Third thought, gradual realisation... "It's been nicked..."

Not a foreign line of thought. Hell, I've had loads of bikes stolen before. But the fourth thought really says all about the role of the bicycle in Copenhagen - and in my life:

"Shit... how I am going to get around today?!"

Standing there with two kids - Felix was on his own bike - with things to do, places to go and stuff to buy and the cargo bike rug was pulled out from beneath me. My uattainable schedule that day flashed before my eyes, followed by the following days.

Rather telling that all the practical uses for my missing bike were the primary thoughts filling my head. Only after a while I said to the kids... "Damn... I really liked that bike."

Cue a couple of minutes of restless, confused lingering on the sidewalk. Logistical solutions presenting themselves. I called the kids' mum to borrow her cargo bike. In conversation with her I realised we could still get Felix to his birthday party on time. So off we walked. Legs are our alternative transport in this neighbourhood.

I still didn't have any way of getting Lulu-Sophia around after that. My Velorbis was loaned out to a friend and it was rigged with a bulldog seat. I called him and he was kind enough to hurry over with the bike so I could transport The Girl, like we've done before:
Lulu and Pippi
There's a lot of bike theft in a mainstream bicycle culture. Such is life. Where cargo bikes are concerned, however, it's not intoxicated fellow citizens needing a bike right then and there who take it. It's more organised. There's big money in cargo bikes. So much so that backyards are infiltrated in the search for them.
Load 1 Me
The funny thing is that whoever nicked it probably doesn't realise that it's the most famous Bullitt in Copenhagen. Not least because I blog about it often. That just make it possible to spot it on the streets.

If you spot it, I'm really looking forward to hearing about it. There are loads of Bullitts on the streets of Copenhagen, but not many red ones. It's also quite unique for a Red Bullitt.

- It's red with a Brooks saddle and handlebars grips.
- The red side panels are quite rare.
- There is a black cover on the cargo box.
- It has a foldable seat in the box.
- On the cross bar there is a seat for the kids.
- Which is on top of a Cycle Chic sticker.

- On the right side there is an FC St. Pauli sticker (as above) and a "Du må gerne køre uden cykelhjelm" sticker.
Load 2 Me 2
On the right side there is a I Bike CPH sticker. Sure, I'm sure all these stickers will get peeled off, but... what makes it rather unique is that the Bullitt logo on the sides - at the bottom - is in a yellowish colour, whereas many Red Bullitts have white lettering. This is quite an important detail in recognising it.

There is also a secret mark underneath the bike that I'll be able to recognise.

Beach Transport
There were no sleeping children in it. Shame, I might have gotten it back if there were.

Football Transport
If anyone here in Copenhagen spots it, or sees it for sale, please let me know. Let's see if - against all my expectations - this social media lark can help me get the bike back. :-) Thanks in advance for any help.

Hvis du bor i KBH/FRB og ser cyklen send gerne en sms til 26259726.

07 May 2011

CYCLE Logistics Cargo Bike Project

Moving goods by cargo bike. That's one of the many aspects of Copenhagen bicycle culture. Now we get to promote it head on for the next three years under the European Union supported project, CYCLE Logistics. At Copenhagenize Consulting, we are thrilled to be a part of this promotion. We're honored to be a part of the team and super excited to work towards building cargo bike culture. As the main Danish stakeholder, Copenhagenize gets to host the kick-off meeting from May 16th- May 20th. With services from catered coffee and lunches to electricians, all via cargo bike, we'll introduce the other partners to the endless number of goods and services deliverable by bicycle.

Ole the espresso man on his custom Sorte Jernhest cargo bike.

The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) issued the press release, in it stating, "CYCLE Logistics will push for behavioral change across a broad spectrum of stakeholders: individuals will be informed on how to use their bicycle to transport goods usually moved by cars, businesses (e.g. tradesmen, window-washers or plumbers etc.) will be motivated to use bikes or cargo bikes for delivery, with the goods sector being pushed to increase deliveries by cycle. Towns and cities across Europe will have a role to play, replacing their unneeded motor vehicles with cargo bikes to provide municipal services (e.g. street cleaning, park maintenance)."

Copenhagen has a significant number of cargo bike users already, so along with increasing that amount, we're using this opportunity to implement super-innovative-spoil-our-cargo-cyclists campaigns. Here is a slideshow of some of the many creative cargo bike entrepreneurs we're promoting and catering to with CYCLE Logistics.

Here's the full CYCLE Logistics press release (opens as pdf).

06 May 2011

Early Cargo Bike Learning in Copenhagen

Lulu Cargo
Cargo bike culture starts early in Copenhagen. With 25% of families with two or more kids using a cargo bike to get around, it's a part of life for children in so many ways to be well-acquainted with cargo bikes. The municipality of Copenhagen estimatest that there are around 30,000 cargo bikes in Copenhagen. Copenhagenize Design Company has reached a number of 40,000, based on sales numbers and including vintage cargo bikes, in Greater Copenhagen.

That number, however, doesn't count the armadas of mini cargo bikes found at schools and kindergartens and in the backyards of flats around the region. I've just moved to a new place and we found the cargo bike, above, in the backyard. For communal use. Lulu-Sophia has taken a liking to it and gravitates to it like magnet whenever we're out playing.
Cargo Lulu
Here's an even mini'er version at her kindergarten for the two to four year olds.
Cargo Kids of Mine
Here's another version in our new backyard. Perfect for pint-sized, sociable urban mobility. Big brother Felix loves giving Lulu-Sophia a ride.
Early Cargo Bike Culture
In the playground at Felix's school there are many bikes for kids to play on. Here's Lulu-Sophia showing off a couple of them, above and below.
Early Cargo Bike Culture
A bit too big for her, this one, but it's intended for older kids. Most of them feature a passenger seat. Because Citizen Cyclists - whatever their age - like cycling sociably.
Cargo Bike Training
Much like this, at the school. And these are just the tip of the iceberg regarding design and variety.

Lulu Rides 2
This trike, with the back bucket, is a Danish classic. Winther Bikes have been making them for 50 years and they are rather iconic in this country. The bucket at the back serves a practical purpose, of course. Carrying stuff. Which is what cargo bikes are all about.

Cargo Bike Training
Here are a couple more examples from the mean streets of the Danish capital. Above, heading home from kindergarten, a Copenhagen kid gets to try and ride the family's Christiania bike along the cycle tracks.
Bike Share
And this was spotted on my way home from picking up Lulu-Sophia from kindergarten. A mum sitting on the back rack and letting her kid get the feeling of the ride from the saddle of this Nihola.

The Secret Life of Cargo Bikes
Here's a glimpse into the secret life of cargo bike compartments. This one - one of many - was parked outside the kindergarten. All the essentials for a kid's life. Including a magic wand.

Things I Bring Home On My Bike From Kindergarten
I used to use the Velorbis to pick up Lulu-Sophia from kindergarten. Well, Lulu and friends, of course.

Things I Bring Home On My Bike From Kindergarten 2
The classic hook on the back racks of Danish bikes comes in handy when transporting a lunchbox. Although apples are doable as well - among many other things. Here's more on these hooks on our bikes.