Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Cycle Denmark: The Bike as King

What would cities look like if large numbers of journeys where taken by bicycle not by car? What about if no cars where allowed in the city centre, and if bicycles where given priority for planning transportation?

Well,all of these things can be said of Coppenhagen in Denmark.

It's an amazingly positive thing to see the bike living up to it's potential as the greatest form of transport. I perticularly like the tricycles...the whole city reminds me of a permanent 'critical mass' event.

Short video clip (5 Minutes of Cyclist Watching)

Cycle Denmark- Johnny Stardust Exclusive

How do you make a world class cycling city? Join CrankMyChain! video correspondent, Johnny Stardust, as he takes you on a tour of bicycle friendly Copenhagen. We'll find out that it doesn't happen by accident and some of the solutions may make some American's uncomfortable, e.g. hefty taxes on gasoline and automobiles.
Enjoy an original score by Danish Composer, Chris Juris

Long video clip (15 Minutes of commentary on how a cycling friendly city is created)

This is a lo-res version of a 15-minute movie that's available in hi-res on iTunes

Or at

The film features lots of happy cyclists from the Netherlands, Denmark and Colombia, and shows how creating a bicycle-friendly city is the civilised thing to do.

Scripted by Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá and the poster-child for city-wide bicycle advocacy, the movie was produced by the Netherlands-based Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE).

It was made in 2004 and received a financial contribution from the Dutch Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS). Shimano sponsored the CD distribution of the movie. These CDs are handed out at global cycle campaigning events. received permission to broadcast the film from I-CE.

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