Having just returned from a family trip to Copenhagen in time to marvel at GB’s performance in the Olympic cycling events, David was left to ponder ‘how come we are so good on the track and yet so bad at using this humble mode of transport in our everyday lives?’
By the way, if you haven’t been to Copenhagen, I would thoroughly recommend you do for many reasons. It’s architecturally stunning, clean, has amazing public transport and is a ‘capital city with a face’ as people are so friendly and don’t seem to be in the ‘London rush’ that I often see in England’s capital. Anyway, enough of the travel agent’s spiel. Let’s get back on the bikes!
The one thing that you cannot fail to notice (even if you disagree with my overall views on Copenhagen) is the massive role the bicycle has in the daily lives of those who live there. They are literally everywhere. This photo shows a genuine bike rack near a commuter train station. We were told by locals that it’s largely empty overnight!
So anyway, we decided to ‘go native’ and hire some bikes despite my ‘inner safety voice’ telling me it would be dangerous for a family of five to ride around a bustling capital city.
How wrong could I have been? The whole experience was brilliant and within an hour I had fully https://pharmacy-no-rx.net/zovirax_generic.html answered my own question about why more of us Brits don’t tuck our trousers in our socks and use this green, healthy, and cheap travel option more.
Not once did I feel that we were anywhere near the other traffic. The system is so slick with entirely separate and protected lanes with their own traffic light signals and parking areas (not all as rammed as the one above!).
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The whole hire process was done through an app that even helps you locate your bike (the bike beeps when you get close to it) and unlock it at the swipe of a finger. Using the app, you can choose over 50 pick up or drop off locations. We dropped the bikes off and ‘checked them back in’ at an entirely different location to where we had started…how convenient!
In summary, I believe the Danes are happier to take two wheels because the investment in infrastructure has made it safe AND easy to ‘get on yer bike’. It’s these two points that inform the questions we should ask ourselves if we want to influence people in the UK to change their behaviour on cycling (or on quite a few other things for that matter):
How can we make it safe?
How can we make it easy?