Why biking is a way of life in Greater Copenhagen
Come feel the wind in your hair in Greater Copenhagen and experience a place where biking is not simply a means of transportation - it is our way of life!
What could the reason be for everyone biking in Greater Copenhagen?
Well for one, all of the three regions in Greater Copenhagen are very much a part of the development and expansion to ensure that biking is one of the main modes of transportation.
Each have individual goals but the common denominators include increasing the population’s health, protecting the environment, cutting costs and offering a means of transportation that is equal to public transportation or a car.
Another thing they all have in common is a high priority in several of the local municipalities concerning issues of road repair and snow removal.
There are now more bikes than cars on the streets in the Capital Region of Denmark proving already that investments in good cycle infrastructure pays off.
The bike friendly city index by Copenhagenize
Since 2011 the Copenhagen based design company has been rating cities around the world on how good they are for urban cycling. Each year both Copenhagen and Malmö have achieved a high score. As of 2015, Copenhagen was ranked number one before the much well know bicycling-friendly city Amsterdam.
In 2017 Copenhagen came in as the winner once again but Malmö was not far behind, coming in at a well-deserved fifth place ahead of cities like Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and Montreal.
“40 years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else but now 41% of the population arriving at work or education do so on bicycles, from all over the Metro area. 56% of Copenhageners themselves use bicycles each day. They all use over 1000 km of bicycle lanes in Greater Copenhagen for their journeys. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere.”
Is there an age limit when it comes to biking?
No, all you have to do if you’re starting to feel a bit insecure about your own balance, is to explore the “cycling without age” movement.
The movement is today represented in over 40 different countries around the world. But it all started here, in Copenhagen when Ole Kassow in 2012 started his movement wanting the elderly to be able to feel the wind in their hair once again.
He came up with the idea for a trishaw on which he started to offer free bike rides to the local nursing home residents.
But how do you expand such an idea? Well here in Greater Copenhagen, all you will have to do is simply knock on the door to the city hall and ask for contributions.
Hövding, biking in style on a bike, no more “helmet hair”
Have you ever wondered how we do it? All of us biking to work in our suits and high heels arriving to work looking good and still being safe?
Let’s face it, your typical helmet seldom does any favours to your hair. Maybe it’s no coincidence then that the world’s first helmet not worn on the head was invented by two women in Lund.
However, the real reason for the invention was due to a law passed in Sweden in 2005 making it mandatory for all children up to the age of 15 to use a bicycling helmet.
Two students of Industrial Design, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, decided to find out if it was possible to develop a bicycle helmet that people would actually be happy to wear – whether they had to or not.
Their Master’s Thesis resulted in the concept of an airbag helmet. Hövding’s unique airbag system turned out to offer cyclists superior protection against head injuries.
According to tests conducted at Stanford University in 2016, Hövding provides up to eight times better protection compared to traditional bicycle helmets.
Here’s how it works: