03 December 2012

The Bike Republic

Yesterday Copenhagen woke up with a frostbite, cold and extremely beautiful, with a constant drizzle of snow. In other words: just what my camera refuses to deal with. I am suddenly reminded how it is really a baby kangaroo, only working at a certain minimum temperature, demanding to be carried close to the body. And then there is the drizzle, kangaroo is not excited about that either. Enter the umbrella. I am now crazy lady with the snow-umbrella, groping myself in odd places. It's going to be a long winter...

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What is missing in this picture? See if you can tell.

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Søruten, the lake lane

Right in front of the runner is the latest extension of "Søruten", the lake lane. The sandy part is a shared space for pedestrians and cyclists, but once it turns to road, the space widens into a two-way bike lane, pushing the outdoor cafe (formerly known as the eyesore) back to the sidewalk. We are still at the learning stages of this shared space thing, but only one week in, the new asphalt part is already shared with runners. Meaning the runners are not stressing the pedestrians as much, on the lake level. Maybe it will all work out in the end?

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Like a row of frosted cakes, super edible.

Cykelrepublikken, The Bike Republic

And: I am now a founding member and second chairman of the brand new NGO Cykelrepublikken (The Bike Republic) fighting to make our cities a better place for cyclists and pedestrians. It was founded live on air last Friday, at the all-talk radio 24/7, on co-founder Michael Jeppesen's show "Forfra". Some of the things we plegded to work for was more and better bike parking, cleaner air, how the police should not have the ability to veto decisions made by parliament and local councils, and most importantly how we need to design our streets for people, not cars. 

Ice cold driver

Sorry little guy, you had your fun, we are taking the roads back!

Link fest:
The podcast (in Danish) part one and part two

And we are working on the website, I will let you know as soon as it is up.

UPDATE:
Cykelrepublikken.dk is up and running



10 comments:

  1. Længe leve Cykelrepublikken!

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    1. Længe leve Cykelrepublikken! :D

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  2. More great pics, Sandra - the picture of the row of apartment buildings in the snow is my new screen saver.

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    1. Thank you Kelly, what an honor. I wonder if it is a big enough size for a screensaver, or if I should upload some bigger ones for that purpose? For the phone it should be fine as it is. :-)

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    1. Mange tak, vi har allesammen brug for det.

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  4. Good luck! Sounds like a great project!

    Maybe you will think that it is funny but I always miss Copenhagen most at this time of the year- it is so cozy and I love the lights in the city! Thanks for the pictures!

    Big hugs to you!
    Celena

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    1. Thank you Celena, I really look forward to working on this issue, and hopefully do some good. Copenhagen is really beautiful at this time, I get why you miss it. Snow is so much better than just rain, grey and cold. Magic, almost. :-)

      Big hugs back at you!

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  5. Tillykke med cykelrepublikken. Jeg er selvfølgelig med. Helt. Og tak.

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    1. Hvor er det godt, Helle! Det er nemlig en republik for os alle sammen. :-)

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