23 January 2016

A nice touch

The city of Copenhagen has invested in a little pampering for cyclists. Not something that would make a dent in the budget, slanted trash cans along the bike lane (for easy disposal on the go) and a few nice railings with a foot rest, for leaning and hanging with the (bicycle) family, at a red light. Still, there are stingy voices complaining that this is a waste of public funds, arguing it is not really a necessity. Unlike getting around by car, I assume? That toxic waste of space, claimed by too many, to be something they can't do without?

Yeah, I say spend the funds pampering the cyclists. And watch the goodness evolve. 

I like

I like

the way

the way

you

you

touch me

touch me.


5 comments:

  1. The cyclists deserve it!

    Now they just need to figure out how to do a good bike-through coffee shop ;)

    xox

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    1. We do! It is a small gesture that makes a huge difference. Feeling appreciated is such a basic human need, really.

      I don't think the drive-through of cars concept translates to bikes. A bike is easy to park, you have everything on your person or in a basket, and it is easy to merge, dismount, park, get places (fast), leave again (with zero waiting time). Why bring the bike to the coffee place?

      But cyclist pampering is good. Keep it up, Copenhagen.

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    2. I just kidding about the drive-thru... Access to good cycle parking is good enough for me ;)

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  2. Hej, Sandra!

    I'm curious as to how a Dane feels when cycling somewhere less friendly to cyclists.

    I live near Boston, USA. The commute from my home to where I work is about 24 kilometers, with no bicycle infrastructure at all. I have to be very aware of everything around me, while wearing highly visible clothing and using very bright flashing lights. And many of my co-workers call me crazy...

    When I visit Copenhagen, it's so easy to cycle that I barely have to think. Then I see the pampering extras you mention, and I laugh out loud!

    Keep up the good work, Denmark!

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    1. Hej my cycling friend : )

      It is an interesting question. As a visitor, I wouldn't get on a bike in cities with poor bike infrastructure. Knowing that this is always followed by inconsiderate drivers, who pose a great danger to cyclists. I admire you for riding in front, to change this.

      Ideally, if I lived in a city with poor bike infrastructure, I would still ride my bike, to push for improvement, but I am not sure I would. At the same time, I can't imagine not getting around by bike, it is an extension of me, sorely missed when I am away from home.

      Amsterdam is cycling heaven, of course. And in Malmö, Berlin and Paris I would feel safe riding a bike, but nothing could get me on a bike in London, anytime soon.

      We are so lucky with our infrastructure in Copenhagen. Every day I am grateful for that. While pushing for improvement, of course. Cars still take up way too much space, and bike parking is practically non-existent. No city is perfect. :D

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