03 October 2011

Bicycles to Visit the Queen

So we got ourselves a new government in Denmark. When the government is formed, the tradition is that they pop down the palace to let the Queen know. She provides tea and biscuits. All very ceremonious. Here we see the leader of one of the coalition parties, Margrethe Vestager of the Radical Left (not very radical, not very left, but hey) arriving in style at Amalienborg Castle, followed by the other ministers from her party. Not a BMW/Audi/Mercedes in sight. Only elegant Velorbis bicycles for gentlemen and ladies alike. The bicycles are part of a large Velorbis bicycle fleet available for politicians to use for getting to and from meetings at various locations in central Copenhagen and are adorned with the logo of the Danish parliament.
And here is Manu Sareen. This is not the first time politicians have arrived by bicycle for this, but it's the first time one of them was riding a cargo bike. In this case a splendid yellow Bullitt. Here's an earlier post about him campaigning for election on the bike.




Here they are outside the Danish parliament, on their way to the palace.

We're not sure how things will pan out with this government, but we daresay things may be looking good.

Thanks to Gregers for the link.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very civilised. Not a sight we expect to be seeing in London or Edinburgh Parliaments anytime soon!

amoeba said...

'Not a sight we expect to be seeing in London or Edinburgh Parliaments anytime soon!'

More's the shame! In the UK, many see cycling as quirky and part of an irrelevant sub-culture. Whereas of course, when oil inevitably doubles or triples in price, due to peak-oil and falling supplies combined with rising demand, the scales will fall from their eyes and everyone will become a great deal more interested in cycling and wonder why we were so incredibly stupid and wasted all that oil by burning it.

And our grandchildren will not thank us one little-bit for screwing-up the climate.

simonnurse said...

Fantastic. There is hope for politicians yet. in partciular, I was impressed with the use of the Bullitt. A politican on a cargo bike? Not an everyday sight.

peer said...

to us in austria this is pure science fiction. Car-Heads are ruling the country and brand cyclists as annoyance and law-breakers. Currently there is a focused action against the countless "bike rowdies" going on and there are attempts to force more law on cyclists (helmets are mandatory for children now...). bicyles are ~5% in viennas total traffic but thats to much for our goverment.

So we envy you and I envy the minister for its wonderful yellow bullitt.

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She Rides a Bike said...

I worked for a local pol who arrives everywhere on a bike, when he not walking or using public transit, that is. He's trusted and well-respected, not because he rides a bike but because he doesn't hold himself as above the people he serves and doesn't go in for any special treatment. Riding a bike allows him to be closer to his community. It was truly an honor to work for him.

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I think the idea of this is amazing!
There is no way politicians here in the USA would be caught dead riding bicycles to and from important meetings in suits. It makes them seem so approachable and of the people.

Richard Edge said...

Yes, very civilized.

Frits B said...

The parliamentary leader of the Dutch Socialist Party, former mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, even masters a unicycle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKSe6cbC7Bs

Might be staged, though. He does ride a bicycle at home, of course, as does his successor in Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan. Has an official car but rides to work on his bike.

Anonymous said...

Esto en españa no pasa ni de coña.
Los politicos no se bajan del coche oficial para nada.
Saludos

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BICICAPITALE said...

questo paese mi sorprende piacevolmente sempre di piu'!!!!!!!!!!!!
auguri al nuovo governo

Kim said...

Now there is a sight I would like to see at the London or Edinburgh Parliaments. Very civilised and a sign of a healthy democracy, they are not afraid of the people they represent!