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by Aaron Naparstek
How do you measure a city's bike-friendliness? Do you count the number of lane miles, daily commuters or annual injuries? Here is one set of metrics that I found in Copenhagen:
I really want one of those three-wheeled bikes.
Great shots Aaron. I miss Denmark so much.
I want one of those bikes with the bucket in front for for my girlfriend’s dog. Then we could use the Hudson greenway all day and not worry about having to get back to walk the dog.
Cute! Although the dude biking with his kid and talking on the cell phone at the same time is not so good. Still, at least his kid is in a cart–I saw a woman on a bike (not wearing a helmet) with a toddler in a seat on the back screaming into her cell phone on 3rd St near LaGuardia the other day. I wanted to ask her what the hell she was thinking.
Looks somewhat similar to Portland, OR except for the completely separated bike lanes.
Ah, if we only could get children in/on bikes here more often!
What? I don’t see any big angry SUVs? What kind of weird city is that?
It looks a lot like Madison, except that Madison kids would be in Burley-esq trailers, or on Alley Cat-type “instant tandem” trailers.
(and some bikes would have one of each, with the Alley Cat hitched to the bike, and the Burley hitched to the Alley Cat. I don’t know how they get around corners, but they seem to do OK.)
But I think it’s interesting to see all those people riding bikes that are built to carry children or babies. I would imagine that most of those bikers have an ordinary, no-passenger bike at home. Instead of getting another, passenger-ready bike when they become parents, most Americans (if they bike in the first place) would attach a trailer to their old bike.
What does this say about the Danish attitude toward bikes, compared to the American attitude?
Jan Gehl said that most Copenhageners have two bikes for different uses. A nice bike for recreation or long commutes, a rain bike that you wouldn’t care a whole lot if it got stolen, a kid/cargo bike….
I keep missing shots of dogs being carried on bikes but they are out there. I’ll try to get you one…
Please do if you can. My main dilemma would be where to park that thing. I’m sure the Danes have figured that all out.
Must have a three wheel bike for dog and or child. I visited Odense(my bithplace) some years ago, rented a comuter bike and went everywhere, left the bike unlocked at my hotel. It was wonderful. Vancouver is becoming bike friendly; however, we have a long way to go.
I’ve also seen some Mexican cargo bikes that can hold kids, and we’ve even looked into getting one. Interesting though that the Danes don’t go in much for helmets.
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