MOST CYCLES IN THE WORLD
HARBOUR CIRCLE OPENS
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ANDERS GARDE KONGSHAUG
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Most bicycle-riders in the world.
Copenhagen is now home to the bridge and street trafficked by most bicycle-riders every day compared to other cities in the world. And every day the bicycle riders of Copenhagen together bike an accumulated 1,34 mio. km.!
The newest addition to the city’s bike paths – a 13 km long unbroken cycle path around the city’s inner harbor, the Harbour Circle – has now been inaugurated.
The unbroken Harbour Circle has been made possible with the construction of new architectural bicycle bridges.
The inauguration featured a long bicycle parade that took six hours from the first to the last bicycle took off on the path along the waters in the inner city.
Certain stretches on the Harbour Circle already have the highest number of cyclists in the world – every day 41,400 cyclists cross the old harbour bridge Knippelsbro and every day 42,600 cyclists ride down the street Nørrebrogade.
To compare, the busiest street in Amsterdam “only” has up to 25,000 riders every weekday. And the latest available figures from China also indicate lower numbers of cyclists on the busiest streets of Beijing and Shanghai.
Rules on the bicycle path and life as messenger in various cities
The Harbour Circle is likely to boost the bikers’ safety and cycling experience, separated as it is from car traffic.
According to biker messenger Hasse Rømer from Christiania, the infrastructure for bikers in Copenhagen is safer now, than for his messenger colleagues in London, Paris and other capitals.
Mayor of Technology and Environment in Copenhagen, Morten Kabell, believes it helps, that people take more care of each other on the bike paths, using a simple hand signaling system to indicate if you intend to stop, turn left or turn right. There are statistically 4.9 million. km. between each serious accident on a bicycle in Copenhagen.
Bicycles bridges crossing everything
According to Herbert Tiemens, Cycling Policy Advisor from Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Harbour Circle will increase even more the number of Copenhageners and tourists that use bikes, instead of cars and public transportation.
And indeed, bicycle rental shops along the Harbour Circle – that among others takes you to the Little Mermaid, four harbour bath facilities and fishing possibilities in the clean city water – are booming, attracting in particular tourists.
Every day all in Copenhagen cycle 1.34 million km.
Social profiling via your bike
45% of all bicycle trips take their riders to work or education on Copenhagen’s 368 km of bike paths – throughout the metropolitan region the estimated length of the cycle paths is 1,000.
But other than a practical means of transportation, biking is also associated with an approach to life. The bike you choose to ride on can for instance send a signal about your approach to the environment, to creativity and to status.
Access to bicycles is facilitated by the approximately 2,700 hotel bikes and 1,860 electrical city-bikes in Copenhagen. The city-bikes symbolize the city’s policy-makers’ ambitions to make Copenhagen a leading bike-city in the world. It is a high-tech bike that features an on-line screen with access to city-info.
70% of Copenhageners experience that bicycle culture makes a positive contribution to city life and the atmosphere in Copenhagen.
1.BIKE PATH CONSTRUCTION. BURNING THE CITY BIKE LOGO ON THE STREET.
2. DRONE OVER KNIPPELSBRO. THE MOST USED BICYCLE BRIDGE IN THE WORLD.
3. DRONE LOOKING DOWN ON BICYCLES ON KNIPPELSBRO
4. KNIPPELSBRO CLOSE-UP OF FEETS PEDALING WITH BICYCLE LOGO ON PATH
5. SUNSET PICTURE OF BIKE-RIDERS ON STREET
6. BIKE-RIDERS ON STREET
7. OPENING THE HARBOUR CIRCLE BY MAYOR MORTEN KABELL, MAYOR OF TECHNIQUE AND ENVIRONMENT IN FRONT OF BICYCLES CROWD
8. BICYCLE PARADE STARTING THE HARBOUR CIRCLE
9. CLOSE UP – BICYCLE PARADE STARTING THE HARBOUR CIRCLE
10 BIKE-PARADE ALONG THE HARBOUR CIRCLE
11. INTERVIEW HASSE RØMER, BIKECYCLE MESSENGER H.R..
“When I see and talk to messengers from different places, London, Paris; they have a completely different job, there job is to wavering in and out of car-traffic, because there is no cycling-lanes, so that is just what you do and obvious they have an accident rate are triple to the ones we have”
12. CYCLEBRIDGE AT THE WATERFRONT, CALLED BRYGGERBROEN. MODERN ARCHITECTURE
13. CYCLEBRIDGE PASSING CAFE
14. CYCLEBRIDGE WITH CYCLES
15. CYCLEBRIDGE AT THE WATERFRONT
16. COUPLE WITH CHRISTIANIA BIKES
17. MORTEN KABELL MAYOR OF TECHNIC AND ENVIRONMENT SEEN ON THE BIKE.
18. INTERVIEW MORTEN KABELL MAYOR OF TECHNIQUE AND ENVIRONMENT M.K.:
“If I want to stop I pull up the hand, If i want to go left I pull out my left hand, if I want to go right I pull out my right hand.”
19. CLOSE UP OF MAYOR FEETS CYCLING
20. INTERVIEW MORTEN KABELL, MAYOR OF TECHNIQUE AND ENVIRONMENT CONT.
“I think in many ways Copenhageners is taking care of each other, in traffic and that’s what we do in the bicycle lane. so I think anybody can feel safe, when they ride a bicycle here in Copenhagen
21. KNIPPELSBRO BICYCLES AND POSTER WITH BICYCLE
Q: What do you think about biking in Copenhagen compared with your home-town?
ROLAND KIRSBERGEN, AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
“It’s better planed it’s better structured, it’s easier to go about in Copenhagen by bicycle than Amsterdam”
23. BESSIE CHU, NEW YORK, USA
“It’s nice it seems a lot more infrastructure build in and a lot more relaxed and organised pace”
24.CARL AND ANDREAS EKKEHART, TRILLE, GERMANY
– IN GERMAN
“The architecture is much more geared to cycling. It follows from the extensive network of cycle paths. It plays a much larger role in Copenhagen than in the example our hometown Trier. I would say that it is significantly better than we are used to.”
25. DRONE THE CIRCLE BRIDGE
26. PARADE CYCLING OVER THE BRIDGE BRYGGERBROEN WITH MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN THE BACKGROUND.
27. INTERVIEW HERBERT TIEMENS, CYCLE POLICY ADVISOR, UTRECHT, HOLLAND.
“These bridges they are gorgeous, they are fantastic build, they bring people to the water side to the water front”.
28. HERBERT TIEMENS, CYCLE POLICY ADVISOR, UTRECHT, HOLLAND CYCLES AMONG TREES AT THE WATERFRONT ISLANDS BRYGGE.
29. TOTAL CIRCLE BRIDGE
30. LITTLE MERMAID
31. DRONE OVER OF THE HARBOUR BATH
32. MANN ON FUNNY MINI-BIKE AT THE PARADE
33. GROUP OF FUNNY MINI BIKES TOGETHER IN THE PARADE
34. INTERVIEW HERBERT TIEMENS, CYCLE POLICY ADVISOR, UTRECHT, HOLLAND CONT.
“It’s part of the identity to have a good looking bike to keep it well maintained, while in Amsterdam a bike is just bike where you have to go from A to B”.
36. WOMAN BICYCLING ALONG WATERFRONT
37. INTERVIEW ANN LOUISE
“It’s not important it have to be good looking, it’s important to have fun, It’s important to take care of yourself be healthy, be happy, be playfull”.
38. CITY-BIKES AT THE WATERFRONT ON WOOD-BIKE.
39. CLOSE-UP OF THE CITY-BIKE’S TABLET
40. MAN TAKES OUT CITY-BIKE FROM ROW OF CITY-BIKES.
41. INTERVIEW KLAUS BONDAM, CEO DANISH CYCLISTS FEDERATION.
“If we wanna be the world best city for cyclist, I think it’s quite fair you have a state-of-the art system of bike share. It’s an electric bike, it has a tablet in front. map build in, route planner and everything, so it’s basically taking cycling to a new level”
42. T-SHIRT OF FUNNY BIKE-LOGO SHOWING A SMILE AND A BIKE
43. BIKES PASSING ON THE MIDDLE OF BICYCLE BRIDGE.
44. DRONE OVER OF THE CITY CENTER SEEING HARBOUR CIRCLE
EKSTRA INTERVIEW AVAILABLE FOR HOLLAND (DUTCH)
ROLAND KIRSBERGEN, BIKER
(NO TRANSLATION AVAILABLE)