tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-244173282020-05-18T12:02:26.664+02:00Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Urbanism by DesignBicycle Urbanism for Modern Cities. Since 2007. Powered by Colville-Andersen.comColville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comBlogger2027125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-49772278059538459342019-11-22T14:13:00.000+01:002019-11-22T16:52:39.968+01:007550 New Bike Parking Spots at Copenhagen Central Station<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16889493777/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="456" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7603/16889493777_9ce939b471_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />For all of Copenhagen's badassness as a bicycle city, there remains one thing that the City still completely sucks at. Bicycle parking at train stations. At Copenhagen Central Station there are only about 1000 bike parking spots. Danish State Railways can't even tell us how many spots they have. They're not sure.<br /><br />Even in Basel they have 800+. In <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/04/antwerp-bicycle-parking-at-central.html" target="_blank">Antwerp they have this</a>. Don't even get me started on the Dutch. <a href="https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/utrechts-indoor-bicycle-parking-facility/" target="_blank">12,500 bike parking spots are on the way in some place called Utrecht</a>. Amsterdam has <a href="https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/bicycle-parking-amsterdam-central-station/" target="_blank">a multi-story bike parking facility, floating bicycle barges round the back</a> and are <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11433834/Amsterdam-to-build-underwater-parking-for-bicycles-after-running-out-of-space.html" target="_blank">planning 7000 more spots underwater</a>.<br /><br />Even at the nation's busiest train station, N?rreport, <a href="http://www.nynoerreport.dk/node/193" target="_blank">the recent and fancy redesign failed miserably in providing parking that is adequate for the demand</a>. Architects once again failing to respond to actual urban needs.<br /><br />It is time to remedy that. Here is my&nbsp;design for 7550 bike parking spots behind Copenhagen Central Station. Steve C. Montebello is the architect that I worked closely with.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16474451654/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="455" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7695/16474451654_4062cc4d34_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />By exploiting the area over the train tracks and using Tietgens Bridge as the transport spine, we have created an iconic bicycle parking facility with ample parking spots at this important transport hub where trains, buses and - in 2019 - the Metro converge in an inter-modal transport orgy.<br /><br />In our work on <a href="http://bitibi.eu/" target="_blank">the EU project BiTiBi.eu - Bike Train Bike</a> - we have been focused on parking solutions at train stations. It was a natural evolution to use that experience in developing this project.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/17096210371/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="453" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7669/17096210371_1f67557498_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The structure is supported by columns and utilises the existing platforms below, which dictated the shape that we decided upon.<br /><br />There are:<br />- 6880 bike parking spots in double-decker racks. This can be expanded with 1360 more if necessary.<br />- 30 dedicated cargo bike parking spots featuring.<br />- 640 secure, indoor bike parking spots in the green roofed building at left (above).<br />- A bike shop for repairs and maintenence.<br />- Ticket machines and displays for departures and arrivals of trains and buses.<br />- At the end of the long point, the belvedere will be the world's premiere, dedicated lookout spot design for trainspotters.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16909333320/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="453" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8739/16909333320_cf92d10e05_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Here is the view of the area as it is today.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/17070936106/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="453" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7694/17070936106_8ba368ee58_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There are four on/off ramps from Tietgens Bridge for ease-of-access.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16476740133/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="456" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7653/16476740133_cdf7b99868_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />A secure bicycle parking facility will house 640 bikes.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16474450834/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="455" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7608/16474450834_4a045eb44d_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />We used 3D models of bike racks courtesy of our colleagues at <a href="http://www.falco.nl/" target="_blank">the Dutch company Falco</a>. They know a thing or two about bike racks.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/17095372912/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="456" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7606/17095372912_3e9a910c8f_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There will be a space for a bike shop for repairs and maintenence located at the entrance, next to ticket machines and displays featuring departures and arrivals for trains and buses.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16910692289/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="456" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7632/16910692289_6f4390758a_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The parking with have signs with areas divided up alphabetically, so you can find your bike again.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/16909332710/in/photolist-s1v1yA-rJt55z-rLdKFE-rLkHEa-r6MSvU-r6MSgL-r6ZANr-rLdKv9-s3EfLQ-s3JxHM/" title="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station"><img alt="Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station" height="455" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8743/16909332710_0cdf0e8f5f_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There is access to the three platforms below by stairs that will, of course, have bike ramps. Duh.<br /><br />This facility will right so many wrongs and will thrust Copenhagen into the 21st century regarding bicycle parking at train stations. If we are &nbsp;to maintain the momentum of a blossoming bicycle-friendly city, we need to up our game regarding parking.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-2769279815158994182019-10-04T11:24:00.000+02:002019-11-04T08:46:51.571+01:00Bikes Beat Metro in Copenhagen<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><i><b>Originally published on April 4, 2014</b></i></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Like anyone interested in city life, we&nbsp;like to keep our eyes on the street life of our city. Currently however, the City of Copenhagen is planning to take some away from the street, by forcing people underground, with the 'M3 Cityringen' expansion of the Metro. Instead of investing in the reestablishment of our tram network - so rudely removed by the ironically-named mayor Urban Hansen in the 1970s - Copenhagen seems keen to get people off the street.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">This doesn’t come cheap: €3 billion gets you an additional 17 stations added to the existing Metro network. Some of the cost can be explained by the fact that&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">It is not easy to build a Metro in Copenhagen, a city that is on the whole scarcely above sea level, and with a dense urban fabric too. &nbsp;It's due for completion in 2018, but that's later than the initial estimate and with the date still some way off who knows whether it will actually be ready by then - just ask the planners in Amsterdam, where a new metro line has been under construction since 2002 and is still not finished, although it was supposed to have been operating for several years by now. As well as that, Amsterdam's costs more than doubled from initial estimates.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">But this article is not only about the Metro extension in Copenhagen; it deals with the question of which kinds of transportation are needed to support cities in becoming more liveable. We realise that we won't be stopping the Metro, but we are keen to highlight - even years before it's finished - that it ain't "all that".</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The projections for the Metro also have an alarming statistic buried in the paperwork. Cycling levels in Copenhagen are expected to drop by an estimated 2.8%. That is a lot of cyclists we'll be losing.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">We know what people want. We want to move fast, safe and cheap from A to B. Also, the transportation system has to be sustainable, namely environmentally friendly, at a reasonable cost to society and it should not exclude anyone. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">We decided to just test it ourselves. We were curious how the different transport modes score compared to each other and especially how the bike performs against trains, buses and the new Metro.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">What we did was simple. For some days we tracked all our journeys from our homes to the Copenhagenize office (and vice versa) or other routes with the <a href="http://www.endomondo.com/" target="_blank">GPS-based App Endomondo</a>. A great app - also because it includes Cycling - Transport as an option. Not surprisingly, it's a Danish app. Sometimes we came by public transport, most often by bike.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Since the new metro is not operating yet, we had to be a bit creative when comparing it to the bike. We built scenarios to challenge the totally unrealistic times which are published on the project website of the Metro extension. If false advertising is a thing, the Metro are guilty of it. "7 minutes from N?rrebro Runddel to Enghave Plads!", they declare, without anyone bothering to check if it's true. Until now.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">To be clear about that point: It is probably very realistic that the time you will need to spend on the metro carriage itself between the future stations N?rrebro Runddel and Enghave Plads is seven minutes. The unrealistic part about that is that nobody lives or works in those stations.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">To have a realistic <i>Home to Work</i> scenario with which we could compare travel times with the bicycle, we took addresses in potential residential areas in a range of less than one kilometre to a future Metro station and tracked the time it takes to walk from the address to the future station. We then added the two minutes that it takes to get down to the train and wait for it. (We actually timed this at a number of stations and worked out an average. We like details.)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And then comes the time you actually spend in the train, followed by the fact that it will take another minute (again, on average based on our timings) to get off the Metro and reach the street level again. Lastly we added the walking time from the station to an address in a potential working area, again in a range of less than one kilometre to the Metro station. As you can imagine, a trip incorporating the journey from N?rrebro Runddel and Enghave Plads doesn't take seven minutes any more.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Here you can see the results of our Bike vs. Metro study. &nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/clolabaule/12929251815/" title="TIME bike vs. future metro - copie copie de clotilde.imbert, sur Flickr"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><img alt="TIME bike vs. future metro - copie copie" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3697/12929251815_7122b4617b_z.jpg" height="453" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/clolabaule/12929653624/" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="TIME bike vs. future metro - 2nd map - copie copie de clotilde.imbert, sur Flickr"><img alt="TIME bike vs. future metro - 2nd map - copie copie" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2875/12929653624_ee062ec478_z.jpg" height="451" width="640" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">For the bike trips we assumed that we were travelling at an average speed of 16kph, which is the average pace people cycle in Copenhagen. Very relaxed, without having to sweat, and doable for all cyclists. We also added two minutes to unlock, park and lock the bike. The results are impressive: in three out of five scenarios the bike is faster door to door than the Cityringen line will ever be.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">In one scenario there is a tie between Metro and bike and in only one instance is the Metro slightly faster. The longer you have to walk to and from the station (<i>last mile</i>) the higher are the chances that the bike will be faster. From our data we see that 700m can be seen as a threshold: if you take the metro to work and have to walk more than 700m (about 10 minutes) on the way from door to door, you almost certainly would have been faster by bike.</span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">We're asking why the City of Copenhagen and the Danish government put so much money into something which does not bring a significant advantage to the people in the city? We're not saying that a Metro never makes sense. There are cities where the Metro is an indispensable element in the transportation system, carrying millions of people a day, like in London, Paris or New York. But does it make sense in cities like Copenhagen or Amsterdam, where you can reach almost everything in the centre within 20 minutes on a bike? </span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Of course, we understand that not everybody is able to ride a bike. And we definitely want a transport system which does not exclude anybody. </span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">So, where is your tram, Copenhagen? </span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Imagine what a fantastic tram network we could have for €3 billion. Look at France, where new tram systems are popping up like mushrooms. Also, there would be plenty of money left to further improve the cycling infrastructure within the city. What we get now is a new line with 17 stations which runs in a circle and only connects to other lines at two points. It doesn't seem like the main effect of this project will be to make Copenhagen more liveable. The City of Copenhagen is clearly afraid of reducing car traffic. Despite the goodness in the city, they still are intent on maintaining the car-centric status quo.</span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Back to the competition: What about our commuting trips we tracked? Also in those cases the bicycle is highly competitive as you can see in the graphics below. &nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/clolabaule/12929250055/" title="TIME bike vs.bus - Map 1 de clotilde.imbert, sur Flickr"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><img alt="TIME bike vs.bus - Map 1" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/12929250055_b052df77da_z.jpg" height="453" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/clolabaule/12929353803/" title="TIME bike vs.bus - Map 2 - copie copie de clotilde.imbert, sur Flickr"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><img alt="TIME bike vs.bus - Map 2 - copie copie" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7393/12929353803_233ae86286_z.jpg" height="453" width="640" /></span></a><br /><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">On trips less than ten kilometres the bike is usually the fastest option. The longer the trips are, for example from Frederiksberg to the Airport at Kastrup or from Glostrup to the new Copenhagenize office on Papir?en (Paper Island on the Harbour), the better public transport scores. That makes sense and it is also in line with the fact that cycling drops significantly for trips longer than eight kilometres. </span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">But we also have to mention that we set the average speed for cyclists even on the longer commuter trips to 16kph. It can be assumed however, that commuters who cycle everyday between 10 and 15 kilometres to work are faster than that. The bicycle superhighway network for greater Copenhagen for instance is designed for an average speed of 20kph. And then, the bicycle is even very competitive up to distances around 15 kilometres. </span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">So, what’s the message of our short study about getting from A to B in Copenhagen? First: there's no obvious need to invest billions in mega projects if the effect is as small as in Copenhagen’s current Metro extension project. Secondly: Invest the money instead in cycling infrastructure.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Our little experiment has shown again that the bicycle is the best mean of transport to get from A to B in a city. And thirdly: Invest in public transport solutions which cover a larger geographical area at a lower cost. Like trams or light rail.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"></div><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And lastly, you might wonder why we did not include the car in our comparison. Well, because a car wouldn't make sense at all for daily trips in a city and because only 14% of Copenhageners transport themselves by car each day.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-77687644170372020752018-11-19T09:00:00.000+01:002018-11-19T11:32:57.739+01:00Cycling with Disabilities and Injuries<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5393549941/" title="14 Below Zero - Broken Hand by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="14 Below Zero - Broken Hand" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5393549941_e63129436f_z.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a><br />I haven't been on a bicycle for 7 days. The reason? A couple of cracked ribs. I've tried each and every day to cycle, but it hasn't been possible. When a simple cough is enough to bring tears to your eyes, riding a bicycle is a long shot. A serious blow to my pride but hey, at least I can walk around the neighbourhood. Which is nice.<br /><br />Many Danish cities have <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2007/12/comfort-testing-bike-lanes.html">small cars like these to measure the level of comfort on the bicycle infrastructure</a>. I have a better, cheaper idea. <br /><br />The city should just give citizens with broken or cracked ribs a smartphone, with activated GPS and a live line to a person at the Bicycle Office. Then they just ride around the city. Every time an OWWWW! or groan is heard, the GPS location is registered. That way the city will be able to map the spots that need maintenence. Now broken ribs are one thing, but what of citizens with more serious injuries or disabilities?<br /><br />So I thought I'd whips together this article with photos of Copenhageners and other urban dwellers cycling with injuries or disabilities or using other vehicles that improve accessibility and mobility.<br /><br />Like the shot of a Copenhagener in the morning rush hour (above) riding with what looks like a broken - or at least injured - hand, above. Still looking cool as you like.<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5395253364/" title="Bicycle Crutches 02 by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Bicycle Crutches 02" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/5395253364_68b8cd2e11_z.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a><br />Then there is this Copenhagener carrying her crutches with her on her bicycle. Fair enough, she might have been heading to the hospital - across the street - to deliver the crutches back.<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3409187090/" title="Double Crutch by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Double Crutch" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/3409187090_6916664faf_z.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a><br />Then I remembered this shot from a while back of a girl carrying her crutches and getting doubled by her mum. The bicycle is a versatile tool. I know several friends who, after many years playing sports, have problems with their knees. They are invariably advised to ride a bicycle by their doctors. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3630503336/" title="Urban Mobility"><img alt="Urban Mobility" height="360" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3300/3630503336_ee50d6206b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There is a bike for almost everyone.<br /><br />If you also make the bicycle the quickest and safest way to get around a city, people will do so - whatever their physical challenges. The bicycle is a freedom machine for many people.<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2979058588/" title="Mobility by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Mobility" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/2979058588_7dd890e155_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2251334540/" title="Five Wheels, Three Arms by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Five Wheels, Three Arms" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2310/2251334540_1552260931_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a><br />The dapper gentleman to the left may have reduced mobility for whatever reason, but he can get out and about with ease on this tricycle. Note his cane sticking out of the back. <br /><br />I see the man in the right photo quite often. He rides a tricycle and only has one arm. A friend of mine knows him and I'm told that he only has one leg, too. He lost his limbs in a landmine explosion in the country he was born. He still gets about with ease on his wheels. Both of these gentlemen were impeccably dressed.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/26750695370/" title="Bicycle Mobility"><img alt="Bicycle Mobility" height="640" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/26750695370_8604228ac8_z.jpg" width="480" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />This gent is amazing and so is his cargo bike. A retrofitted Nihola lets him ride around the city with no lower arms and only one leg to pedal with. Fantastic.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5044731161/in/photolist-53Gdma-4qWFjL-fj2dJZ-dALMiL-8FMyPt-4ZAAuo-2TKmXn" title="Rock Star"><img alt="Rock Star" height="427" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4092/5044731161_e94361d1f4_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />If you're a legendary Danish rock star, like Steen J?rgensen (above), you have a certain look to maintain and Steen pulls it off to perfection. The fact that he has no left arm is of little consequence.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3592606089/" title="Disabled Motion by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Disabled Motion" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3636/3592606089_8f1043ec42.jpg" height="500" width="376" /></a><br />I took this photo in Tokyo. The man had some form of disability with his legs. It required effort for him to get the pedals to turn but you can bet that it was a fraction of the effort he'd use when walking.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2655889063/" title="Casting Call by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Casting Call" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3140/2655889063_8d155ba573_m.jpg" height="240" width="180" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4339558283/" title="Crutch Bike by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Crutch Bike" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4339558283_2b6d45ccf5_m.jpg" height="240" width="180" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4340303694/" title="Crutch Bike by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Crutch Bike" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2758/4340303694_cbdc2d90ec_m.jpg" height="240" width="180" /></a><br />The lady on the left has a kind of cast on her leg, but still rides. The two photos on the right are from last winter. The boyfriend was holding the girls' crutches and she moved slowly along - injured foot wrapped in plastic - on a child's bicycle they had borrowed. It was icy so the crutches were probably more dangerous than helpful so the bicycle stepped in to assist. They were heading to the hospital down the road.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4508261248/" title="Vienna Cyclist Sticks by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Vienna Cyclist Sticks" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4508261248_c573d6a83c_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a><br />I spotted this lady in Vienna, Austria. Carrying her walking sticks to help her after she got off her bicycle.<br /><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5344672235432763522" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kSNVKrktKUQ/SiwXFLHc4II/AAAAAAAADkU/9Fn6gQKDT2Y/s400/102+-+Kopie.JPG" /><br />This quaint sign on this tricycle reads, "Slightly Disabled".<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5394660413/" title="Invalidecykler by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Invalidecykler" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5394660413_9077851545_m.jpg" height="147" width="240" /></a><br />What with all the bicycle options for disabled - whether permanently or temporarily - it's not surprising to see a parking sign like this outside my local library. It reads "Invalid Bicycles", reserving a space close to the door for those who need it.<br /><br /><b>Wheelchairs</b><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5823736263/" title="Montreal Wheelchair"><img alt="Montreal Wheelchair" height="427" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2235/5823736263_67e16e7657_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />I took this photo in Montreal. A trike pulling a wheelchair behind. This takes intermodality to a whole new level.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5444349591/" title="Wheelchair Transport"><img alt="Wheelchair Transport" height="480" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4142/5444349591_cdefe7c7b5_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />This retrofitted Nihola (it really is the Danish brand that offers unique variations of their cargo bikes) is designed simply to carry a wheelchair with passenger.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5539229019/" title="Walker Transport"><img alt="Walker Transport" height="427" src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5217/5539229019_5c87a6e2d3_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />This gent has his walker in the front of his cargo bike - intermodality once again.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2555043103/" title="Active Cyclist"><img alt="Active Cyclist" height="480" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3118/2555043103_c81e83f9de_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />You see many trike brands in operation in Copenhagen on a daily basis. This gent had what appeared to be Down Syndrome and he enjoys active mobility on this trike.<br /><br /><br /><b>Electric Vehicles</b><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5104656036/" title="Amsterdam Cycle Chic - Wheelie"><img alt="Amsterdam Cycle Chic - Wheelie" height="427" src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1070/5104656036_672a0fc7b3_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Spotted in Amsterdam. An electric scooter with the wheelchair on a rack on the back. Compared to other cities, you see so many of such vehicles on the cycle tracks of Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Used by people with disabilities and the elderly. It's a massive market with many brands. Offering urban mobility to people who might be restricted to a wheelchair.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2753297064/" title="Heading For The City"><img alt="Heading For The City" height="480" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3011/2753297064_3c78db7f96_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Cool as you like in Copenhagen.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4768398199/" title="Bicycle Cane by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Bicycle Cane" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4768398199_1c0086dfee.jpg" height="500" width="375" /></a><br />If it is ripe old age that has reduced mobility, the bicycle still serves a purpose. I see this lady all the time in my neigbourhood. Always walking her bicycle with groceries in the basket. Perhaps too unstable to ride, but using the bicycle as a kind of crutch. Lovely.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-64529505454631751122018-01-08T13:08:00.002+01:002018-01-23T11:07:11.849+01:00Copenhagen Bike Hub<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4SYurPXGsmM/WlNbEjio8YI/AAAAAAAAN8E/Hvi3KE4ljwUejMVp2_sgYCEbZdpaqO-4gCLcBGAs/s1600/front%2Bcover.png"><img border="0" data-original-height="668" data-original-width="1269" height="337" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4SYurPXGsmM/WlNbEjio8YI/AAAAAAAAN8E/Hvi3KE4ljwUejMVp2_sgYCEbZdpaqO-4gCLcBGAs/s640/front%2Bcover.png" width="640" /></a><br /><i>by Stephanie Patterson</i><br /><i><br /></i> <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a>’s time at our very cool co-working space on Paper Island/Papir?en is sadly coming to an end – the island's old industrial buildings are being demolished to make way for a new residential development. We’ll miss the creative vibe in our office - and on the island - that we have experienced daily for over four years. Paper Island was a freestyle creative hub that captured the imagination of Copenhageners and visitors alike.<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FPDztRHPpP8/WlNQhLYC54I/AAAAAAAAN70/5yJNJje7VwMNUw-i6ElNChiJQoyQoHR4ACLcBGAs/s1600/jumping%2Bin%2Bwater.jpg"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1600" height="360" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FPDztRHPpP8/WlNQhLYC54I/AAAAAAAAN70/5yJNJje7VwMNUw-i6ElNChiJQoyQoHR4ACLcBGAs/s640/jumping%2Bin%2Bwater.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><i>Harbour bathing is a regular, year-round activity at our office</i><br /><br />Instead of resigning ourselves to tristesse, or to merely search for new offices, we decided to finally dust off an old Copenhagenize idea. Luckily, some ideas get better with age. Back in 2008, Copenhagenize Design Co. CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen envisioned that "<i>Danish bicycle culture needs a physical home. A place where ideas can be fostered and discussed. A launch pad and showcase for Danish bicycle innovation</i>". Colville-Andersen had teamed up with Marie K?strup - who is now the head of the bicycle programme for the City of Copenhagen - and developed a list of ideas that would place focus internationally and nationally on Copenhagen as a bicycle city. A list that included harvested ideas from abroad but also original ideas like establishing a bicycle center and even a bicycle museum. The mayor of traffic at the time, Klaus Bondam, embraced the idea and worked, for a time, on the concept of an Urban Showroom, without completing the idea. However, the original idea from 2008 led to the establishment of the <a href="http://www.bicycleinnovationlab.dk/" target="blank">Bicycle Innovation Lab</a>, the first cultural center for cycling complete with a bicycle library and events. We wrote about the launch of BIL <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/11/bicycle-innovation-lab-cultural-centre.html">here back in 2011</a>.<br /><br />With the impending need for new offices, the idea has surfaced once again and this time a strong tailwind is pushing it along. Enter: <b>CPH Bike Hub</b>. With the growing global interest in reestablishing the bicycle as a feasible transport form in cities, Danish bicycle planning, social cycling innovation and product design - among other aspects of the cycling community - can benefit from gathering under one roof. <br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W1AJWnXSHFs/WlSauYXQtBI/AAAAAAAAN8U/daD_TDZrOAUD5Godc2pjEtrfXhTmCorTQCLcBGAs/s1600/Screenshot%2B%25284%2529.png"><img border="0" data-original-height="663" data-original-width="1197" height="354" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W1AJWnXSHFs/WlSauYXQtBI/AAAAAAAAN8U/daD_TDZrOAUD5Godc2pjEtrfXhTmCorTQCLcBGAs/s640/Screenshot%2B%25284%2529.png" width="640" /></a><br /><i>Statement of support from <a href="https://www.880cities.org/" target="_blank">Gil Penalosa from 8-80 Cities</a>, who regularly bring delegations to Copenhagen.</i><br /><br />We are thrilled that the idea has now gained purchase and is in a serious development stage, moving steadily towards becoming a reality. We're pleased to have a long list of colleagues join us on board. The core development team, apart from Copenhagenize Design Co. includes Cycling Without Age and the Danish Cyclists' Federation and Leader Lab. A veritable dream team.<br /><br />The idea for the CPH Bike Hub is not just sharing office space and innovation with colleagues. It also includes creating a destination for visitors. With all the delegations that come to Copenhagen to learn about bicycle planning, we have plans to develop a conference space to host them. Not just the delegations that Copenhagenize Design Co hosts, but also the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Cyclists Federation will benefit from having dedicated space to host visitors. Plans also include an exhibition space, a café/bar and meeting rooms.<br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-17b544c1-da8a-81e4-81ec-12fa8122d7f9"><span style="font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white;">Indeed, the City of Copenhagen supports the general idea of creating a space for cycling</span>:</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><i style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">"</span><span style="background-color: white; font-style: normal; white-space: normal;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The City of Cop</span>enhagen’s Bicycle Program welcomes all initiatives that will accelerate local innovation and product design in the field of cycling, bringing global attention to Copenhagen’s unique cycling culture. Establishing a physical meeting point for co-creation and showcasing will be valuable to the city as well as to the global community."</span> </span></i></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Marie K?strup, City of Copenhagen</span></span></div><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cse4KDdxI6I/WlSa_qWCQeI/AAAAAAAAN8Y/O879KpC6UTgAgg9zyIAAgZlxisN7TRyKACLcBGAs/s1600/Screenshot%2B%25285%2529.png"><img border="0" data-original-height="659" data-original-width="1193" height="352" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cse4KDdxI6I/WlSa_qWCQeI/AAAAAAAAN8Y/O879KpC6UTgAgg9zyIAAgZlxisN7TRyKACLcBGAs/s640/Screenshot%2B%25285%2529.png" width="640" /></a><br /><i>Core Concepts for the proposed CPH Bike Hub.</i><br /><br />We have seen the emergence of similar bike hubs in places like Barcelona with <a href="http://www.biciclot.coop/" target="_blank"><i>BiciClot</i></a>&nbsp; and the Netherlands with the <i><a href="http://dutchbicyclecentre.nl/" target="_blank">Dutch Bicycle Centre</a></i>&nbsp;and we hope that the CPH Bike Hub will contribute to this growing trend and the global dissemination of knowledge and experience.<br /><br />At time of writing, we are working hard with colleagues to establish the foundations of the CPH Bike Hub, secure financing and gather as many likeminded companies, organisations and individuals as possible. The list of colleagues continues to grow and includes the following:<br /><br />· <a href="http://cyklingudenalder.org/" target="_blank">CYCLING WITHOUT AGE</a> - Worldwide cycling non-profit for the elderly<br />· <a href="http://cyklistforbundet.dk/" target="_blank">DANISH CYCLISTS' FEDERATION / CYKLISTFORBUNDET</a>&nbsp;- National cycling NGO<br />· <a href="http://copenhagencycles.com/" target="_blank">COPENHAGEN CYCLES</a> - Global distributor of innovative bike trishaws<br />· <a href="http://leaderlab.com/" target="_blank">LEADERLAB </a>- Nordic sustainability business accelerators<br />· <a href="http://velorbis.com/" target="_blank">VELORBIS </a>- Leading Danish bicycle brand<br />· <a href="http://mate.bike/" target="_blank">MATE </a>- Rapidly growing local E-Bike brand<br />· <a href="https://www.cykelkokken.dk/" target="_blank">CYKELKOKKEN </a>- Innovative and well-known Copenhagen cycling chef<br />· <a href="https://cohandco.com/" target="_blank">COH &amp; CO</a> - Sustainable materials bicycle producers<br />· <a href="http://www.scandinaviansidebike.com/" target="_blank">SCANDINAVIAN SIDE CAR</a> - Cutting-edge Danish cargo bikes solutions<br />· <a href="https://hoe360consulting.dk/index.php/en/" target="_blank">HOE360 CONSULTING</a> - Danish green mobility consultancy<br /><br />Morten Kabell – the former environmental and technical mayor of Copenhagen joined Copenhagenize Design Company in early January 2018 as COO and he is now also spearheading the work to establish CPH Bike Hub together with our colleagues. The timeline is still under development, but we are looking forward to letting the world know about the launch when the time comes.<br /><br />Stay tuned. We're excited.<br /><br />For more information about joining the CPH Bike Hub, email Morten at morten @ copenhagenize .eu</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-59429903841213726132017-11-06T13:53:00.000+01:002019-05-03T10:29:03.893+02:00Traffic Safety Orgs Speak for Themselves - Not the Rest of Us<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WG00bc-wPr0/WfswshiWwYI/AAAAAAAANuw/l1UmV4TEPBwkX7FpcxTMwCm87p0UisvfQCLcBGAs/s1600/Screenshot%2B%252892%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="281" data-original-width="588" height="306" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WG00bc-wPr0/WfswshiWwYI/AAAAAAAANuw/l1UmV4TEPBwkX7FpcxTMwCm87p0UisvfQCLcBGAs/s640/Screenshot%2B%252892%2529.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>Classic traffic safety organisation narrative. "Stop cycling".</i><br /><br />By Stephanie Patterson<br /><i>With Mikael Colville-Andersen</i><br /><br />In the diverse world of traffic planning, advocacy and various movements for liveable cities, there is an odd group of outliers who broadcast conflicting messages. While “traffic safety” organisations seem like a natural part of the gallery and of the narrative, upon closer inspection they exist in a communication vacuum populated exclusively by like-minded organisations. There is little correlation with those organisations who advocate cycling, pedestrianism or safer streets. The traffic safety crowd are in a world unto themselves, with little or no accountability for the campaigns they develop or the messaging they broadcast. They are often allied with insurance companies who clearly take comfort in working with others who embrace <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/09/fear-of-cycling-02-constructing-fear-of.html">scaring the population at large through constructed fear</a>.<br /><br />In many ways, they are a classic subculture, with strong hints of sect-like behaviour. The English sociologist Roy Wallis argues that a sect is characterized by “epistemological authoritarianism”. According to Wallis, “sects lay a claim to possess unique and privileged access to the truth or salvation and “their committed adherents typically regard all those outside the confines of the collectivity as 'in error'”.<br /><br />The American sociologists Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge assert that "sects claim to be an authentic, purged, refurbished version of the faith from which they split". They further assert that sects have, in contrast to churches, a high degree of tension with the surrounding society.<br /><br />We thought it appropriate to do a little communication meta-analysis of their techniques of the traffic safety subculture.<br /><br />-<br /><br />“If it is going to make any meaningful contribution to the reduction of danger on the roads, our criminal justice system needs to recalibrate away from the prejudice that motoring is innocuous and cycling dangerous and towards controlling the behaviour of those imposing greatest risk.” <br /><br />Martin Porter - QC, personal injury lawyer and Author of the blog ‘The Cycling Lawyer’ made this statement in relation to a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/aug/23/motorist-would-not-have-landed-cyclists-wanton-and-furious-driving-charge" target="_blank">recent manslaughter charge</a> that was issued to a cyclist in London who collided with a pedestrian, resulting in her death. <br /><br />The final conviction of <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/23/cyclist-convicted-wanton-furious-driving-pedestrians-death/" target="_blank">“wanton and furious” cycling</a> brings up the question of how different road users are treated and perceived. Would someone driving a car receive the same level of punishment? Not likely. <br /><br />Along with the legal system, traffic safety organisations are integral players in shaping how we view road users all around the world. The first thing we noticed was how all these organisations seem to ignore one of the key messages required to truly make roads safer.<br /><br />Lower the number of motor vehicles on the road, and slow them down. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/sacred-bull-in-societys-china-shop.html">We call it Ignoring the Bull here at Copenhagenize Design Company</a>. <br /><br />Anyone who works in traffic planning or advocacy will find the lack of focus on the obvious to be rather bizarre. As it is now, the campaign language and programs promoted by the traffic safety organisations unabashedly victimise the individual (primarily pedestrians and cyclists) rather than speak out about the dangers of motorised vehicles. They also tend to ignore the one most obvious solution to lower road fatalities – a drastic reduction in the number of motorised vehicles on the road. <br /><br />Even a nine year old can figure it out that this is the only way to go:<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d1UbEQ9uIJw?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />However, the traffic safety organisations have settled upon strategies that are as uniform as they are blatant in their support of the status quo. As the following images show, these trends are not limited to countries who have high numbers of road fatalities, but in fact the same rhetoric and messages can be seen globally.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ThZt1RHpZCs/Wfm4yMYWCAI/AAAAAAAANtM/dQ7mHJCQkoc4YzBDj92dTjDbaUJUfKZDgCLcBGAs/s1600/001.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="207" data-original-width="472" height="281" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ThZt1RHpZCs/Wfm4yMYWCAI/AAAAAAAANtM/dQ7mHJCQkoc4YzBDj92dTjDbaUJUfKZDgCLcBGAs/s640/001.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>(Left) Road safety Australia, again victimising the individual and making being a pedestrian a dangerous activity. (Centre) Road Safety Campaign in Spain - 1998, a good way to turn people off walking (Right) More Australian victim-blaming without addressing the problem.</i><br /><br />The influence of road safety organisations clearly extends to municipalities, inviting them into their echo chamber, from where they point their fingers at the non-motorist population.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-otNjiCVcTU0/Wfm485pO_5I/AAAAAAAANtQ/4j0s7KpoQXcf_yRZaxuQIqzrILSCLbgRACLcBGAs/s1600/002.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="183" data-original-width="477" height="246" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-otNjiCVcTU0/Wfm485pO_5I/AAAAAAAANtQ/4j0s7KpoQXcf_yRZaxuQIqzrILSCLbgRACLcBGAs/s640/002.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><i>Signage in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen sends people on a wild detour and instructs them to cross at the designated crossing, putting motorist convenience above that of pedestrians and cyclists. A local response (right) clarified the municipality’s intentions with the added text: “Frederiksberg loves cars more than you”</i><br /><br /><a href="http://etsc.eu/wp-content/uploads/PIN_Conference-agenda-2017-final.pdf" target="_blank">Just take a look the recent ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Conference held in Brussels in June 2017</a>. The speaker list only represented the views of the car industry and road safety organisations which support it. Talk about an echo chamber.<br /><br />Speakers from other disciplines and with different points of view on methods of change, such as experts in user behaviour, strategies about behaviour change, and advocates of increasing alternative transport modes were absent as they always are. A diverse selection of opinions would include people who are not interested in maintaining the car-centric status quo in our cities, so why invite them?<br /><br />Whilst the organisations’ messages and actions vary based on their country or region of reference, there are common threads which we can see in a number of the road safety organisations campaigns, including: <br /><br />- Consistent use of the car industry’s favourite phrase,<i> traffic accident</i>, rather than fatality or crash. The rise of the hashtag #crashnotaccident hasn't penetrated the walls of their echo chamber.<br />- The use of the phrase <i>vulnerable road users</i> without any corresponding reference to dangerous vehicles<br />- Programs indirectly or directly implying that walking and cycling are dangerous and freely using classic Culture of Fear techniques to scare cyclists and pedestrians<br />- Anti-distraction programs<br />- Anti-drink driving<br />- Anti-speed programs<br /><br />Their baseline is clear. Cars are here to stay - everyone else either get out of the way or bubble wrap yourself. What this communication subculture doesn’t talk about is rather telling. Basically anything that would brand cars as the problem - or reducing the number of cars.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kEDY3hZZxs0/WfnN3L1bPZI/AAAAAAAANuY/SX9ZU18hjvYjWSUoPUyXS71p4wulbYsFQCLcBGAs/s1600/un_decade.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="160" data-original-width="550" height="93" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kEDY3hZZxs0/WfnN3L1bPZI/AAAAAAAANuY/SX9ZU18hjvYjWSUoPUyXS71p4wulbYsFQCLcBGAs/s320/un_decade.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />We don't know how many of you are aware that the United Nations declared the grand <b>Decade of Action on Road Safety </b>in order to tackle traffic deaths. Actually they declared it back in 2011. Have we saved millions of lives together, as they claimed we would? Nah. What has happened since? Lots of expensive campaigns from highly funded NGOs but absolutely no reduction in the number of traffic deaths worldwide.<br /><br />We analysed the communication narrative used by a number of traffic safety organisations and present some of them here.<br /><br /><br /><b>FIA Foundation</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uLOznUikkBk/Wfm5ObU5uII/AAAAAAAANtU/UePN2Ci1yo0CAKYG0nWc7qZ8vibNm2I4wCLcBGAs/s1600/005.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="159" data-original-width="379" height="268" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uLOznUikkBk/Wfm5ObU5uII/AAAAAAAANtU/UePN2Ci1yo0CAKYG0nWc7qZ8vibNm2I4wCLcBGAs/s640/005.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>(Left) Series of graphics by FIA. None of them call for a reduction in the number of cars that kill. (Bottom center) FIA's helmet campaign. (Bottom right) Children with their shiny new FIA helmets.&nbsp;</i><br /><i>(Top center and right) Images from the <a href="https://storify.com/FIA_Region_I/staybright" target="_blank">#staybright campaign</a> insisting that pedestrians and cyclists dress up like clowns</i><br /><br />Meet <a href="https://www.fiafoundation.org/" target="_blank">The FIA Foundation </a>(slogan: For the Automobile and Society). They are the advocacy arm of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile, who run the Formula 1 races. Their foundation is an international body funded by industry but also supported by heavyweight NGOs, UNICEF, UN Environment, the World Resources Institute and Save the Children. An organisation with this level of funding and recognition behind it should be leading the way in traffic safety, including sending the most effective messages and implementing the best programs to reduce fatalities. But they don't. Their primary focus is on glossy graphics telling everyone to bubble wrap themselves.<br />Unfortunately there are a number of unsaid things which we believe are key in combating the issue of road fatalities, including:<br /><br />- Proposing any attitude change to the existing transport norms. <br />- In car centric cities – saying that we need to change our urban design to de-prioritise motor vehicles and make active transport a viable transport option, not just a recreational activity.<br />- Warning people about the inherent danger of driving a motor vehicle. Focusing on the fact that cars and cities don't work well together and that your risk of dying and/or killing others is remarkably high. Instead of scaring people away from bikes and walking, focus on inciting fear of driving<br />- In all seriousness, promoting and <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/australian-helmet-science-for-motorists.html">mandating motorist helmets, as the Australian government has recommended</a>.<br />- Programs which <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/07/the-greatest-urban-experiment-right-now.html">restrict car usage or make driving more difficult</a>.<br />- Campaigns for alternative transport options as the norm <br />- Campaigning for investment in alternative transport infrastructure <br /><b><br /></b>It's a tough sell. These organisations like FIA are clearly not interested in behavioiur change, but rather a continued acceptance of the car-centric status quo.<br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">--</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #4b4f56; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Global Health Observatory statistics from 2013 showed over 200,000 traffic fatalities occurred in both India and China. Between 30,000-50,000 fatalities occurred in Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria and USA. Some of the countries with the highest rates of fatalities based on population size were Thailand, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and United Republic of Tanzania – all with fatalities between 15,000 and 25,000. We have taken a more in depth look at a few organisations across; INDIA - one of the countries with highest number of road fatalities, USA - the worst performing developed nation in terms of number of fatalities, and finally DENMARK - a country with low number of fatalities and generally good alternative transport options. </span></span><br /><br /><b>INDIA</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dhiWim1CDWI/Wfm5aqBJlMI/AAAAAAAANtc/VO75Xj1LCqsj4ZtbZ8K4EFlfzJR4gPeTQCLcBGAs/s1600/004.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="170" data-original-width="424" height="257" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dhiWim1CDWI/Wfm5aqBJlMI/AAAAAAAANtc/VO75Xj1LCqsj4ZtbZ8K4EFlfzJR4gPeTQCLcBGAs/s640/004.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>India. The country with the highest number of traffic fatalities of any nation annually. </i><br /><br />With a fast growing economy, India has the opportunity to make wise infrastructure investments that improve its cities for its people. Lack of rules, crazy fast driving and cars being seen as indicators of social improvement, are all reasons why the road safety organisations are suggesting modifications to the existing infrastructure rather than addressing a change in attitudes to motor vehicles in India overall. <br /><br />Due to the lack of diversity within the road safety authorities we see the same rhetoric over and over again. This recent #ipledge campaign wastefully uses highly influential cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to spin the same old narrative. Pledging doesn't save lives.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-awiJjCq7s44/Wfm5jXI-moI/AAAAAAAANtg/StaVnUL1TwM780vboZe8EmRGrvBoWWPmgCLcBGAs/s1600/009.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="171" data-original-width="337" height="325" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-awiJjCq7s44/Wfm5jXI-moI/AAAAAAAANtg/StaVnUL1TwM780vboZe8EmRGrvBoWWPmgCLcBGAs/s640/009.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>#ipledge campaign by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/astersaferoads/" target="_blank">Aster saferoads based in India</a></i><br /><br /><b>Arrive Safe</b><br />This is an NGO who claim to be‘working with road safety to promote sustainable transportation India’ but it does not mention bikes at all in any of its activities and proposals to increase road safety. In its Road Safety Manual it provides instruction to road users including basic rules, how to drive safely and so on across 190 pages of the 200 page manual. The final 10 pages briefly mention the benefits of choosing another transport mode and how to look out for pedestrians, bike and rickshaw riders. Same old, same old.<br /><br /><b>UNITED STATES</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7naVaHQjIA/Wfm5s8XTsHI/AAAAAAAANtk/SkeI0wojPEc59x2_BVfki90wT5f_Yn51wCLcBGAs/s1600/003.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="155" data-original-width="462" height="215" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7naVaHQjIA/Wfm5s8XTsHI/AAAAAAAANtk/SkeI0wojPEc59x2_BVfki90wT5f_Yn51wCLcBGAs/s640/003.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><i>A particularly gruesome example of the City of Phoenix spreading fear and victimising bike riders in one of their road safety campaigns.</i><br /><br />Of all the developed countries in the world, the US is by far the worst performing in terms of road fatalities and injuries.<a href="http://www.nsc.org/NewsDocuments/2017/12-month-estimates.pdf" target="_blank"> Estimates</a> from the National Safety Council recorded road deaths for 2016 at over 40,000, making it the deadliest year in nearly a decade. <a href="https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2013/02/4-reasons-us-trails-world-road-safety/4608/" target="_blank">A study by Juha Luoma and Michael Sivak</a> found several contributing factors to the US’ high road numbers of road fatalities. These included generally high speeds driven, low seat belt usage rates, high drunk driving rates, however the biggest reason: <br /><br /><i>Americans drive a lot and far and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. </i><br /><br />We also know that vulnerable road users are increasingly making up the numbers of the death tolls. Car users’ share of road deaths in America fell from 42% in 2006 to 36% in 2015, while fatalities outside of cars (people on bikes, pedestrians and motorcyclists) rose from a quarter of the total to a third. So what are the road safety organisations doing to address this issue? All this shows is that cars are getting safer for those inside of them - but not at all for those outside. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/11/external-airbags-on-cars-update.html">Mandatory external air bags on cars would be wise</a>.<br /><br /><b>Department of Transport DOT</b><br />To be fair, the nationally run road safety authority has as of 2015 implemented the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/safer-people-safer-streets" target="_blank">Safer People, Safer Streets: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Initiative</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/mayors-challenge" target="_blank">Mayor's Challenge</a>&nbsp;which encourage cities to improve streets for all people across seven different criteria. However, the same organisation stumbles by victimising policies such as helmet-first bike riding initiatives, ignoring reducing car usage and the danger of being behind a wheel - even if you are a safe driver.<br /><br /><b>AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety </b><br />Motoring organisations love traffic safety organisations for maintaining the status quo and placing focus on the dangers of transporting yourself in anything other than a motor vehicle. The AAA, like others around the world, focuses solely on either increased investment in road infrastructure or improved driver conditions. Research papers such as <a href="https://www.aaafoundation.org/safety-benefits-highway-infrastructure-investments" target="_blank">Safety Benefits of Highway Infrastructure</a> Investments might have been a bit more valuable if it also took into account modes of transport other than cars and didn't spout off old-fashioned engineering "solutions".<br /><br /><b>ADTSEA</b><br />The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association aims to be a leader in traffic safety education strategies. Alas - none of their strategies include choosing another transport mode when possible. Please start by educating people with some basic facts - fewer cars on the road, fewer deaths and injuries. <br /><br />We’re not saying stop educational programs about safe driving - just give people a rounded education which presents all the facts. <br /><br />Please.<br /><br /><b>FINLAND - The Finnish Road Safety Council</b><br /><b><br /></b><div style="text-align: left;">In Finland, this fear cam<span style="font-family: inherit;">paign from the <a href="https://www.liikenneturva.fi/en" target="_blank">Finnish Road "Safety" Council</a> hit the streets in 2019. The poster rea<span style="background-color: white;">ds: "<span style="color: #444950; white-space: pre-wrap;">Having ice cream without a cone is like riding a bike without a helmet</span>". They have other goofy slogans like "Snapchatting without a filter is like..." You get it. They probably clapped their hands and giggled at how clever they thought they were when deciding upon this campaign.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white;">But like all the rest, they do nothing to work towards drastically reducing the number of cars in Helsinki or other Finnish cities. They stick to victim blaming without any science harmed.</span></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fUAnhGlRTEI/XMv6oEqsx2I/AAAAAAAAO3c/B9SiJ2apq-UZwLk5sRX5-LyQi2ENHqtzACLcBGAs/s1600/helsinki02%2B-%2BCopy.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="977" data-original-width="810" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fUAnhGlRTEI/XMv6oEqsx2I/AAAAAAAAO3c/B9SiJ2apq-UZwLk5sRX5-LyQi2ENHqtzACLcBGAs/s320/helsinki02%2B-%2BCopy.png" width="265" /></a></div><br /><br /><b>DENMARK -&nbsp;The Danish Road Safety Council</b><br /><br />So while we have looked at two countries with particularly abominable road fatality levels, we can also be critical of road safety programs in countries with better track records. Denmark's road safety organisation <a href="http://sikkertrafik.dk/" target="_blank">R?det for Sikker Trafik</a> (Road "Safety" Council) recently released <a href="https://vimeo.com/231355910" target="_blank">this video</a> as part of there “use two seconds more” campaign- a fairly violent way to scare cyclists off their bikes. At the same time they continue to promote the wearing of a helmets in Denmark - compounding the message that bike riding is dangerous. Just another example of road safety organisations using the Culture of Fear in favour of the car. Classic.<br /><br />This organisation uses the same tactics as others in their private club. They have little scientific understanding of bike helmets and, instead, copy/paste info they recieve from like-minded colleagues in Sweden and pass it off as their own. They claim to be against mandatory helmet laws but this <a href="https://www.sikkertrafik.dk/media/6588/bicycle-helmets-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank">recent document would suggest that they are gearing up for helmet laws</a>. Aligning themselves with the likes of&nbsp;an American, Jake Olivier, in order to continue their branding of cycling as dangerous. Broadcasting with all the arrogance they can muster that a "meta-analysis" is conclusive proof only reveals they know little about the science.<br /><br />This is also an organisation who advocates cutting down roadside trees for "safety" instead of vehemently advocating for lower speed limits. Indeed, they have no mention of the European trend of establishing 30 km/h as a baseline speed in cities on their site. They are, like all the others, totally disconnected from the current trends.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q_MB6bp2h6I/WfnDUwTZwVI/AAAAAAAANuA/JAF-0Anu3tEEK0MDBOvb1-xCaIXIkPDwwCLcBGAs/s1600/008.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="171" data-original-width="731" height="150" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q_MB6bp2h6I/WfnDUwTZwVI/AAAAAAAANuA/JAF-0Anu3tEEK0MDBOvb1-xCaIXIkPDwwCLcBGAs/s640/008.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>(Left) ("Keep an eye on the side roads" painted on cycle tracks, without any corresponding messaging for motorists on those side roads who are obliged by law to stop. (Center) 2017 campaign urging people to "use two extra seconds" at the intersection so they don’t get killed - instead of campaigning for existing infrastructure designs to keep cyclists safe. (Right) A 2017 helmet promotion campaign aimed at college students, together with an insurance company. Classic tactics.</i><br /><br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0q0COBAvqSQ/WfnDj52DLRI/AAAAAAAANuE/U0UzX1H49YEjufLanPc5PYvAgkNE4AtwgCLcBGAs/s1600/007.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="172" data-original-width="685" height="161" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0q0COBAvqSQ/WfnDj52DLRI/AAAAAAAANuE/U0UzX1H49YEjufLanPc5PYvAgkNE4AtwgCLcBGAs/s640/007.png" width="640" /></a><br /><i>Three other campaigns in Denmark aimed at dressing pedestrians and cyclists up as clowns with reflective clothing instead of limiting the destruction caused by motorists.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i> Campaigns for reflective clothing are also increasing in The Culture of Fear, despite a limited amount of science on the subject. No corresponding campaigns are in place for cars, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7845366/Black-cars-more-likely-to-be-involved-in-crashes.html" target="_blank">even though black cars are more likely to be involved in accidents</a>.<br /><br />All the negative campaigns blaming cyclists and pedestrians for not equipping themselves with body armour and christmas tree lights would be more credible if the same effort was placed on motorists and cars. Traffic safety organisations can improve the message they are sending out to their citizens if they even the playing field and state in no uncertain terms how dangerous cars are in cities and how dangerous they are, generally. The culture of fear needs to be flipped on its head.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--6CuSN4ysoc/WgBcPF4IfjI/AAAAAAAANvc/Z2tNVRA-cIIRBAPSTAYn_Id5hNDKpM48gCLcBGAs/s1600/Hierarchy%2Bof%2BControls.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="796" data-original-width="1600" height="318" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--6CuSN4ysoc/WgBcPF4IfjI/AAAAAAAANvc/Z2tNVRA-cIIRBAPSTAYn_Id5hNDKpM48gCLcBGAs/s640/Hierarchy%2Bof%2BControls.png" width="640" /></a></div><i><br />The Hiearchy of Hazard Control as applied to urban cycling. Bubble wrap solutions are the last resort. </i><br /><br />While of course speed, drug and alcohol consumption, distracted driving, and badly designed roads can worsen the impacts, let’s not dance around the basic facts if cities and nations truly want to achieve Vision Zero. Providing an even distribution of alternative infrastructure options for people is clearly a key factor in making this change, but it also needs to go hand in hand with honest road safety initiatives that don’t misinform, misrepresent, or scare.<br /><br />In short, as it is now, if these traffic safety organisations are only speaking to themselves, backslapping each other at closed conferences, and arrogantly exaggerating the effect of their tired, last century campaign strategies - as well as being so completely disconnected from the rest of us working to improve city life around the world - do we have to listen to them or give them any credibility?<br /><br />Probably not. We can wonder, however, why they continue to recieve funding to broadcast flawed messages without any positive results and zero accountability.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/8601986969/in/photolist-8PNxxj-6MN334-QcnWPG-kb2gDe-e78r3a-brAj94-brApmD-brAp7H-brAkVp-brAm5M-98SrBv-8PNx3W-8PNwyo-7BtkU2-7AApN6-8PKsmX-6MS7Jq-6MS7Ws-6MS7T7-6MS82J" title="Fluorescent in Traffic"><img alt="Fluorescent in Traffic" height="427" src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8246/8601986969_33be9e19a4_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Remember your reflective clothing in traffic.</i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-10178038964064189542017-10-15T14:23:00.001+02:002017-10-15T14:52:35.496+02:00Arrange a Svajerl?b Cargo Bike Race!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_mTEY72eXAM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe><br />Last week in Barcelona, the inagural <i>svajerl?b</i> cargo bike race was held on a sunny Sunday in the Poble Nou neighbourhood. It was event organised <i>pro bono</i> by <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Co's</a> office in Barcelona in collaboration with <a href="http://ruedabcn.cc/en/" target="blank">the Rueda International Bicycle Film Festival</a>, where Mikael Colville-Andersen was president of the jury. Mikael and Jordi Gali from Copenhagenize whipped together a not-for-profit race and were thrilled at the turnout - both passionate particpants and curious spectactors. A 400 metre course was set up in the morning and there were particpants enough for 3 heats in the two-wheeled category, four cargo bikes in the three-wheeled and four teams in the team relay. The film, above, sums up the day nicely.<br /><br />For most of the 20th century in Copenhagen, a massive armada of cargo bikes were the backbone of transport in the city. A fantastic army of men and boys from the poor neighbourhoods made the city work. Men and boys who were also invisible in the social hierarchy. They were called <i>svajere</i> in Danish – or swayers if you translate it directly - because of the swaying motion of the huge, flatbed bikes when heavily laden. In 1942, a priest named Kristian Skjerring decided to change things for the better. He wanted to give these <i>svajere</i> a pedestal on which to stand. He organised what became known as a <i>Svajerl?b </i>in the city – a cargo bike race for these bicycle messengers. He raised money through the races to send the young men to summer camps. They were the hardest working people in Copenhagen and Skjerring thought they deserved some respect.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/8225188604/" title="Svajerl?b - Cargo Bike Race on Israels Plads"><img alt="Svajerl?b - Cargo Bike Race on Israels Plads" height="583" src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8225188604_ea25c43cd5_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The races become incredibly popular in Copenhagen. Thousands came out to watch. There was prize money, but really it was about honour, and winning the right to call yourself the King of Copenhagen – at least until the next race. These Svajerl?b races were held until 1960, when cars and vans started to dominate goods transport in the city. In 2009, the race was revived in Copenhagen and are now an annual event. The city has 40,000 cargo bikes in daily use, so a revival was a no-brainer. Unlike the 1940's, the cargo bike riders are now families and people with goods to transport. The Danish brand Larry vs Bullitt, who produce the Bullitt cargo bike, were behind resurrecting the races for the tradition, the fun and as an obvious platform to sell their product. While the event has developed a Red Bull feel to it - corporate marketing disguised as an event - there are race participants using many other cargo bike brands on race day.<br /><br />Cargo bike races are spreading fast, in tact with the rise of the cargo bike itself in cities around the world. There is now an <a href="http://www.cargobikefestival.com/" target="_blank">International Cargo Bike Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands each year</a>. Apart from the recent race in Barcelona, we have registered on our radar races in Vancouver, Chicago, Paris, and Berlin, among others. In the Netherlands, family-friendly cargo bike events have taken place for many years. There is a new Facebook group called <a href="http://facebook.com/svajerlob" target="_blank">Svajerl?b Global - The Cargo Bike Race Community</a> - where people can share experiences and let others know about their upcoming races and share photos after they're done.<br /><br />So why not arrange a cargo bike race in your 'hood? Help raise awareness about the usefulness of cargo bikes and have a fun day doing it. Here are the basics to get you started. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/37022552113/in/dateposted-public/" title="Svajerl?b Cargo Bike Race - Barcelona 2017"><img alt="Svajerl?b Cargo Bike Race - Barcelona 2017" height="480" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4477/37022552113_85eb78f5d2_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><b><br /></b><b>Designing the Course</b><br />- Design a circuit in a loop (as opposed to an A to B course). There is no set length, but in our experience 400 meters seems to be a decent number. There should be some challenging turns, a slalom section and a straight, home stretch. If you have the chance to incorporate a hill, all the better. This ain't no Sunday bike ride, sunshine. Although think about the potential participants when you gauge the level of difficultly. In the Copenhagen version, there are many spandexy dudes among the participants and the course is usually designed for them and for speed. If you want your event to be more inclusive and aimed to drawing the curious as well as the experienced, create a course that is well-balanced. We've seen courses with an awkward patch of sand in the middle. Mix it up, if you want. Just keep it realistic and safe.<br /><br />- The stop and finish line should be the same and should be next to the <i>loading zone</i>, where the riders will load up their bikes - read more in The Rules, farther down. For the loading zone, you'll need some space for the riders in each heat to stop and where you can position the cargo they have to load.<br /><br />- If you can, design the circular course so that the spectators are primarily gathered around the stop/finish line and loading area but also so that they see the bikes on the course as much as possible. It helps maintain a level of energy if the spectactors can keep an eye on the race.<br /><br />- Depending on the width of the course you design, you can have between four and six riders in each heat or race.<br /><br />- You can use various barriersr to design the course. Plastic traffic cones or bollards, chairs connected with plastic tape, fences, you name it. Whatever you can get your hands on.<br /><br /><b>The Rules</b><br />We recommend using the original rules from the historical races in Copenhagen. The organisers of the annual race in Copenhagen these days stick to the same concept in order to maintain history and tradition, but also because the original rules are pretty cool. There are other cargo bike races at, for example, the bike messenger championships, but we'll stick with the historical rules here.<br /><br />- The race consists of four laps. The riders wait on their bikes at the start line. The first lap is ridden empty. They speed around the course and, upon arriving in the loading area, they load up their bikes with the cargo. This is the fun part, which is why spectators should be positioned close to the area. Then the riders head out on three laps fully laden, until they cross the finish line for the fourth time.<br /><br />- Depending on the number of participants, you can divide them up into heats. For example, the top two finishers can qualify for a semi-final or the final. Or top three. You'll figure it out. It's a hard race, so try to limit the maximum number of races an individual will race to three. <br /><br />- Cargo: In the traditional races in the 1940's, the cargo often consisted of car tires, newspaper bundles, empty, wooden beer crates and sandbags. Cargo bike championships held in Paris in the 1920's and 1930's measured the weight of the cargo at 50 kg, although this was raised to 65 kg. Try to aim for between 35-50 kg as a rule of thumb. The cargo should not only be designed for weight. Make sure that you have items that oddly-shaped and difficult to secure to the bike. At the Barcelona race in October 2017, we had to be creative. Each rider had to load two plastic-wrapped bundles of water in 1 litre bottles (12 bottles in each), 5 kg bags of potatoes, another 3 litre bottle of water, a 5 kg bag of potting soil and a pack of 12 toilet paper rolls. We distributed the cargo to people after the race so we didn't waste anything.<br /><br />- Riders can use bungees or inner tubes to secure the cargo if they want. They can also carry an item in their hand.<br /><br />- After the bike is loaded and they head out on the last three laps, the cargo has to stay on the bike. If something falls off, the rider has to stop and pick it up, getting it back onto the bike before continuing. <br /><br />- Categories: traditionally speaking, there was a two-wheeler race, a three-wheeler race and a team relay. In modern versions, we've seen the addition of a women's category and a vintage bike category. In some cities, vintage cargo bike are hard to come by, so you can make the call about whether to have this category. If there are cargo bikes with an electric assist, you can create a category for them, if you like. Then there is the team relay. In this event, four riders share one bike. Each of them do one lap, four in all, just like the other races. When the first rider arrives in the loading area, the team members help to load the bike and the next rider gets on. It is permitted to help push the new rider into motion. <br /><br />- Next to the start/finish line and loading area, set up a table for the organisers and have some sort of board on which you can write the names of the riders in each race. Make race numbers that the riders have to put on their bikes so you can keep track of them. Pro tip: make them put the numbers on the side of the bike that faces the table as they pass. :-)<br /><br />- Spread out the races to allow for time between races. You can do all the heats for the two-wheelers, then move on to the three-wheelers and women's race and then get back to the semi-finals or finals. Traditionally, the team relay is the last race.<br /><br /><b>Family-friendly Race Ideas</b><br />In order to make the race even more family friendly, there can be side events with a parent cycling with a child in the box. You can created a separate course designed for finesse cycling and balance. The kids can be equipped with a stick and you can hang large rings up on thread. The parent cycles the bike close and the kid has to spear the ring with the stick, collecting as many rings as possible to win. Another idea is a cargo bike version of the egg race. A parent, with a kid in the box, has to cycle an obstacle course balancing an egg on a spoon. Or maybe the kid holds the spoon. Maybe both. Be creative.<br /><br /><b>Inclusiveness</b><br />The race itself need not be an expensive affair. Sponsors are always handy, if you can get them. Try to make it an inclusive affair and invite as many cargo bike brands as possible - if not to race, then to exhibit their products in the interest of growing awareness of cargo bikes as solutions for urban living. Copenhagenize Design Co was involved in the <a href="http://cyclelogistics.eu/">cyclelogistics.eu</a> project for three years and our partners arranged all manner of events with numerous cargo bikes to encourage citizens to try them out and get a feel for them, in cities around Europe. It really helps broadcast the message if people get to test them out.<br /><br />The more events around the world, the better!<br /><br />---<br />Here are some links to cargo bike history:<br /><br />- <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/11/cargo-bike-history-svajere-in-copenhagen.html" target="">History of the svajere - cargo bike messengers - in Copenhagen</a><br /><br />- <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/12/copenhagen-bike-messengers-and-my-dad.html" target="">The original cargo bike messengers</a><br /><br />- <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/10/cargo-bike-capital-rio-de-janeiro.html">Brazil is a cargo bike capital</a><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-80537141561273691832017-06-30T16:31:00.002+02:002017-06-30T16:31:38.078+02:00Bicycle Superhighways in Copenhagen Capital Region<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35461794752/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Capital Region Bicycle Superhighway Network"><img alt="Copenhagen Capital Region Bicycle Superhighway Network" height="640" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4057/35461794752_5140809a1a_z.jpg" width="633" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>The Bicycle Superhighway Network in Copenhagen Capital Region. Orange: Built. Black: Planned and financed. Dotted: Planned but awaiting financing.</i><br /><br />The Capital Region of Denmark is continuing its investment in <i>Supercykelstier</i> - or Bicycle Super Highways. With five new routes completed on May 2, 2017, 115 kilometers have been added to the three initial routes. The goal is to make inter-municipality bike trips easier for the citizens of the region. The super highways are being developed on largely pre-existing cycle tracks.<br /><br />In the Capital Region, 60% of all trips less than 5 km are made by bike. This falls to 20% for trips more than 5 km. While the region is great for intermodality, connecting bikes with trains, the plans for the Bicycle Super Highway network target increasing the latter number through constructing 28 routes that connect and pass through 23 municipalities. These will give bicycle users newer, wider cycle tracks, better street surfaces, pre-green lights, in addition to better lighting and traffic calming measures where needed. This will create 3 million more bicycle trips a year, which has the potential to reduce the number of car trips by 720,000 a year. This will save the region 34,000 sick days and give a 7.3 billion DKK (€1 billion) economic gain per year.<br /><br /><b>New routes, building on success</b><br />206km of the network will be finished by 2018, out of 467 km in total. The first two routes, Farumruten and Albertslundruten, have experienced a growth in the number of bicycle users of 61% and 34%, respectively, since they were built in 2012. Those two routes, in addition to the third one, Ish?jruten built in 2016, are <i>hub to tip</i> routes connecting Copenhagen Municipality with surrounding municipalities. The new five routes help shape the network; adding not only more hub to tip routes (Aller?druten and Frederikssundruten), but also ring routes (Indre Ringrute connecting Sundby to ?sterbro, and Ring 4 ruten from Albertslund to Lyngby-Taarb?k) and a route between outer municipalities (V?rl?seruten).<br /><br />The five new Cycle Super Highways have cost 154 million DKK (€20.7 million), while the same road length for motorist highways would cost 17.71 billion DKK (€2.38 billion). Municipalities expect an increase of 1.5 - 2 million bicycle users with the new routes running.<br /><br /><img border="0" data-original-height="611" data-original-width="955" height="255" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SfDcSsYnJEc/WVZgVhjyqyI/AAAAAAAAMHw/dao0P-gbbHsxzRgkHewFMEbnV9B8ISmawCLcBGAs/s400/Screenshot%2B%252814%2529.png" width="400" /><br /><i><a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/portfolio/project02.html" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company's Idea Catalogue for all the municipalities in the Region</a>, as commissioned by the Capital Region in 2014.</i><br /><br /><b>Dialogues and Efforts</b><br />The project came with challenges on both regional and local scales. Funding the superhighways required a particular approach; normally municipalities are totally financially responsible for building their bicycle infrastructure, but some of the municipalities couldn’t afford building the superhighways or preferred to cut it from their budgets. This caused a threat that more municipalities would leave the project as its rationality depends on its continuity through all municipalities.<br /><br />The solution that overcome this, so far, has been a 50% state subsidy so that municipalities only have to cover 50% of the costs. However, challenges for this approach will rise again in the future as no municipal funding exists for the project after 2019. The experience of the two initial routes also highlighted responsibilities for the municipalities during the operation of the superhighways; the Gladesaxe and Fures? Municipalities - both on the Farumruten - improved lighting conditions, asking bicycle users what their favored type of lighting was. While the Aller?d Municipality focused also on traffic calming measures; building a “2 minus 1” way on Bregner?d Skovvej, a road with one track for motorists and traffic in both directions. <br /><br />The municipalities have reached an agreement where each of them is responsible for running and maintaining its own part of the route(s) in close dialogue with the others. The success and rationality of a superhighway is achieved by the success of each of its individual parts in different municipalities, which raises the question of what form this superhighway will adapt to in rural, forested or urban areas along the way. It also highlights the importance of bringing all municipalities on board and keeping both the inter-municipality and citizen-government dialogues ongoing.<br /><br /><b>The Mayor Challenge</b><br />In an attempt to convince some of the more sceptical mayors in the outlying municipalities, seven of them were invited to switch to the bike for their transport needs for one month. Their health was measured before and after and, based on existing cost-benefit models, the result was clear. On average they were 11 years younger, based on their improved health.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35461793272/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Barcelona"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Barcelona" height="240" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4195/35461793272_7553d221c2_m.jpg" width="237" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34788702864/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on London"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on London" height="240" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4004/34788702864_b751a93fdc_m.jpg" width="237" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The Copenhagen Capital Region Bicycle Superhighway Network projected on Barcelona and London. This does not included the vast network of existing cycle tracks in the various municipalities, of which there are over 1000 km.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35461794112/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Paris"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Paris" height="240" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35461794112_6599e6cc89_m.jpg" width="237" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34788703004/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Toronto"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Toronto" height="240" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4134/34788703004_b6f344b14f_m.jpg" width="237" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The Copenhagen Capital Region Bicycle Superhighway Network projected on Paris and Toronto<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35629763355/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Montreal"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighways projected on Montreal" height="240" src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4261/35629763355_65503c374a_m.jpg" width="237" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The Copenhagen Capital Region Bicycle Superhighway Network projected on Montreal.<br /><br /><br />For more information about the routes, check the website:<br /><a href="http://supercykelstier.dk/">http://supercykelstier.dk/</a><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-9672756920632893012017-06-29T14:06:00.000+02:002017-06-29T20:06:55.671+02:00Egyptian Cycling History - Then and Now - Subversive Photo Series<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><i>In this latest installment of our "<a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/subversive%20photos">Subversive Cycling Photos" series</a>, we travel to Egypt. The same utterings are heard here as most other places. About how "it's too hot to cycle" and "oh, but we never had urban cycling here..." With these historical photos, we once again bust some myths, like we've done for <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/10/subversive-photos-singapore.html">Singapore</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/01/los-angeles-subversive-bicycle-photos.html">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2013/09/subversive-bicycle-photos-rio-de-janeiro.html">Rio de Janeiro</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/08/subversive-bicycle-photos-new-south.html">New South Wales</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/08/subversive-bicycle-photos-vancouver.html">Vancouver</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/12/oslo-subversive-bicycle-history.html">Oslo</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/02/dublins-two-wheeled-taliban.html">Dublin</a>, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/08/subversive-bicycle-photos-canberra.html">Canberra</a>, etc.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <i>Copenhagenize Design Company has had the pleasure of hosting architect and urban planner,<span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;Ahmed Tarek Al-Ahwal, on an exchange from Egypt made possible by the support of the </span>Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute<span style="font-family: inherit;">. He&nbsp;curated these photographs highlighting a long and proud history of using the bicycle as transport in his country.</span></span></i><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: inherit;">By Ahmed Tarek Al-Ahwal</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sHO-_gdhC4M/WVUW8hyPQ5I/AAAAAAAAMHY/FruWhvPCAHcyiVU8uYKtAX1AHDb1P69bwCLcBGAs/s1600/Sisi.jpg"><img border="0" data-original-height="485" data-original-width="674" height="288" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sHO-_gdhC4M/WVUW8hyPQ5I/AAAAAAAAMHY/FruWhvPCAHcyiVU8uYKtAX1AHDb1P69bwCLcBGAs/s400/Sisi.jpg" width="400" /></a><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Egypt's President Sisi has been on a bike ride or two, like this one in 2014. He has said that Egyptians should cycle more and that the country can save 16 Egyptian pounds for each 20 km cycled. He has, however, failed to provide any infrastructure.</span></i><br /><br /></span> <span style="font-family: inherit;">In the recent memory of some Egyptians, cycling used to serve a much wider group of users than today. Residents in Port Said, a port city on the Suez</span> Canal, are proud that cycling used to be their main mode of transportation. Indeed, during rush hour, the ferries were loaded with the bicycles of employees going to work. It′s a narrative that is heard in many other cities, usually followed by remarks about how women and children used to feel much safer cycling in cities and how there used to be many more bike shops - especially those serving a double-purpose. Shops that were also garages that would clean, repair and store bikes overnight.<br /><br />Stories of huge bicycle racks next to office buildings, factories and schools are heard across the nation, from the north to the south. The textile factory in Shebin, a city in the northern Nile Delta used to host one of those, which was removed after cycling disappeared under the weight of car-centric planning.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35607349795/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History" height="432" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4245/35607349795_98e29a7ffc_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>A bicycle rushing past an omnibus, Port Said, late 19th century.</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35439067642/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History" height="382" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4117/35439067642_1f81b62fda_z.jpg" width="550" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Cairo, early 20th century</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35439067742/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History" height="429" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4045/35439067742_83216fbafb_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>College Saint Marc students, Alexandria, early 20th century</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35607349855/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History" height="181" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4124/35607349855_191130ee66_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35439067872/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History" height="180" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4217/35439067872_4de0e9b988_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Left: A magazine article about the opening of a factory in Qena, south of Egypt. Factories were associated with bicycles in the 1960s.</i><br /><i>Right: Bike shops used to be a very common sight, catering to many clients. Port Said.</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34766013644/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History 1950s"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History 1950s" height="640" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4186/34766013644_4323a47b75_z.jpg" width="468" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Caption reads: “University girls in Asyut are more practical than their colleagues, overcoming traffic problems by using bicycles” a quote from a magazine. Asyut 1960s.</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34766013814/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History 1935"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History 1935" height="280" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4162/34766013814_65ddc2cb02_o.jpg" width="468" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Street scene, 1935.</i><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34766013694/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling History 1980"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling History 1980" height="458" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4155/34766013694_5b694622b3_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Bicycles were a normal sight on the streets, at least through the 1980s.</i><br /><br /><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/albums/72157683295997571" target="blank">See more historical photos from Egyptian cycling history here</a>.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">Cycling Persists in Egypt</span></b><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34799436423/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="480" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4279/34799436423_68832706e0_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>“Change the way you commute” An advertisement in Tahrir square for vacation houses on the red sea coast. Summer 2016.</i><br /><br />For many Egyptians, like other places around the world, cycling has become something unusual. Something subcultural, something done by poor messengers to transport goods, something for kids to do or a tool for advertising luxury, gated communities (photo, above).<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34767093624/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="360" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4284/34767093624_b35e8b7b70_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Bike parking at a school in Assiout, Southern Egypt. Photo credits: Yusuf Halim.</i><br /><br />In many areas in the south of Egypt and the Nile delta, one can, however, still witness a wide variety of bicycle users. In Assiout, in the more conservative south, one can still see huge bike racks in schools (above) and public buildings. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35608295925/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="640" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4181/35608295925_3dd48a79fd_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Bicycle user on a vintage bike. Photo credits: Osama Aiad</i><br /><br />While in other cities, men in their 50s or 60s riding vintage bicycles serves as a reminder that cycling is not alien to Egyptian minds and culture.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35569386896/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="640" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4176/35569386896_f2efc5269b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Bread delivery man riding in a Cairo street while holding wooden trays and reading a newspaper. Source: facebook page; Everyday Egypt</i><br /><br />When former bicycle users from this generation are asked about the reasons for the decrease in cycling modal share, they talk about the change of time, about the era where cars were much less and streets safer and you could feel safe about your kids rushing on their own through the streets. They also talk about the availability of bike racks near homes and work, and services around the city. All practical reasons that could easily be addressed by cities that aim to have less congested, less polluted streets with a better quality of life that is not exclusive to luxurious gated communities. Not to mention a healthy density and an economic alternative to sprawl.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34767094104/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="553" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4190/34767094104_8262814c60_z.jpg" width="623" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Unlike the old era, attempts to build bike infrastructure in the few last years in Egypt haven’t achieved the required goals. Instead of being used as an example of how cycling doesn’t fit the Egyptian culture, these projects must be addressed critically.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/35569386986/in/dateposted-public/" title="Egyptian Cycling Culture"><img alt="Egyptian Cycling Culture" height="500" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/35569386986_6c5bd5bef9.jpg" width="375" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>A symbolic stretch of bike lane.</i><br /><br />The bicycle lanes painted on the Shahid corridor, an 8-lane highway in the desert, 14 km from the center of Cairo and 3 km from the nearest residential low density suburban area doesn’t seem to be a logical location to start. <br /><br />The UNDP project of cycling lanes in Shebin are often ignored by bicycle users; the lanes deal poorly with intersections, also they don’t provide enough safety for bike users from traffic and are very vulnerable to be overtaken by car parking.<br /><br />Safety and the perception of safety is a main issue keeping down the numbers of bike users and, if not addressed properly with infrastructure, cycling will not rise again as transport in Egyptian cities.<br /><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-6735628875208932352017-05-09T15:28:00.002+02:002017-05-09T21:13:25.557+02:00Arrogance of Space - Copenhagen - Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34418354281/in/dateposted-public/" title="Great new data from City of Copenhagen. 62% of Copenhageners ride a bike to work or education. Only 9% drive a car."><img alt="Great new data from City of Copenhagen. 62% of Copenhageners ride a bike to work or education. Only 9% drive a car." height="425" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34418354281_38e79370c0.jpg" width="500" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The City of Copenhagen released its latest mode share data yesterday and the numbers look fantastic.<br />62% of residents in the City ride a bicycle daily to work or education in the city. 21% take public transport, be it bus, metro or train. Only 9% drive a car - even though car ownership is around 25%. Basically, 91% of our citizens DON'T drive a car in the city - here in one of the richest countries in the world. All good, right?<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34552759625/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4172/34552759625_f90c4daa23_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />You would think so, but even Copenhagen suffers from a serious case of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/arrogance%20of%20space">Arrogance of Space</a>. We took a section of Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard - the 1950s urban planning travesty that carves the Danish capital in two - and did a quick arrogance of space analysis.<br /><br />It's the busiest street in the Kingdom with between 50,000 - 60,000 cars a day roaring past, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/11/parasites-and-living-lungs.html">most of them firmly in the "parasite" category</a>. These are not people who live in the municipality and who therefore do not pay for the road space that we provide them. There has been talk for years of burying this street and reclaiming the space it occupies. While not a bad idea - albeit an expensive one - it wouldn't remove the cars from the city, since they would pop up out of the tunnel at some point. <br /><br />As you can see on the graph, a whopping 64% of the transport space in Copenhagen is allocated to cars - both car lanes and curb parking. This is most apparent at the location we are looking at here.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34511687536/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Bike Infrastructure"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Bike Infrastructure" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4169/34511687536_7831234cd2_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />When we map out the space allocated for cyclists, it looks like this. There are 26,400 cyclists along the boulevard on weekdays, according to <a href="http://kk.sites.itera.dk/apps/kk_trafik/pdf/UJpxEGxaCg.pdf" target="blank">the latest count in September 2016</a>. Add to that around 10,000 who merely cross the boulevard from the side streets. Certainly not one of the busiest bicycle streets in Copenhagen but the numbers are respectable. On the map you can see how the infrastructure is part of a cohesive network.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33742909153/in/dateposted-public/" title="Basic Urban Math - Copenhagen Style"><img alt="Basic Urban Math - Copenhagen Style" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4163/33742909153_6cbfaba4ae_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Here is a snapshot of one light cycle in the morning rush hour from this location.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34511689446/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Bus Lanes"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Bus Lanes" height="192" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4171/34511689446_c7c83635fd_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34552760455/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Pedestrian Space"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Pedestrian Space" height="192" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34552760455_6c65f844a8_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Here are the maps for the space occupied by bus lanes or trains, at left, and the space allocated to pedestrians, including squares. The trains are not relevant for this exercise, as they disappear underground, but buses are a key transport form on this corridor. 360 of them roll past between 7 AM and 7 PM. With an average capacity of 50 passengers, that would add 18,000 people moving back and forth along this stretch. And yet there is a severe lack of dedicated space for them.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34167015470/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Shared Space"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Shared Space" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4189/34167015470_7969cf0507_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Out of interest, here is a map of the "shared space". Not the classic and cute "shared space" that works in small, rural towns and residential neighbourhoods but merely parts of the transport area without separation. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33742528283/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Motor Vehicles"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen - Motor Vehicles" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4178/33742528283_e5524fe56b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />What IS relevant is this. The amount of urban space given over to motorised vehicles. Most of it handed free to motorists who do not pay taxes in this municipality. Motorists, it is worth mentioning, already have it easy in Denmark. It's cheaper to buy a car today than during the oil crises in the 1970s and the same applies to gas, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/10/danish-180-tax-on-cars-is-rather.html">rendering the tax on cars here rather irrelevant</a>. In addition, a resident's parking permit only costs around 750 DKK (€100) per year - despite the fact that a parking costs the city - and the taxpayers - around 50,000 DKK (€6,600).<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/34391689072/in/dateposted-public/" title="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen"><img alt="Arrogance of Space Copenhagen" height="511" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4181/34391689072_08f8b8cb1a_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Here is the complete map with all the transport forms together. The Arrogance of Space is clearly visible.<br /><br />There is a total disconnect between how Copenhageners get around and how the space is divided up. This is not urban democracy on this boulevard at all. It is the same car-centric dictatorship that so many other cities in the world suffer under. Yes, it is safe to cycle along this stretch, on separated cycle tracks. But this is not transport democracy. This is not the Copenhagen that inspires so many people around the world.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33743046653/in/dateposted-public/" title="Public-Private Disconnect"><img alt="Public-Private Disconnect" height="640" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4164/33743046653_513b5cff3c_z.jpg" width="636" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />If we valued public space in an economic sense as much as we value real estate value - instead of a massive majority subsidizing the transport habits of the few, we would be much better off. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/10/copenhagenize-slopes-iconic.html">Here is just one idea of how to reallocate the space more intelligently</a>. <br /><br />We would be more rational and this city would be not only healthier and more dynamic - it would be the leader that it should be.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/arrogance%20of%20space">See more articles about Arrogance of Space with this tag</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-90363295704707278142017-04-06T14:12:00.001+02:002017-04-06T18:48:45.707+02:00Copenhagen's Fantastic & Stupid Bicycle Bridge Inderhavnsbro<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GAz76CR0wjg/WOYAPUC6TNI/AAAAAAAAL8c/likhkshJWOs_CsVDoAPv5r58OTBivk3HACLcB/s1600/bro.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GAz76CR0wjg/WOYAPUC6TNI/AAAAAAAAL8c/likhkshJWOs_CsVDoAPv5r58OTBivk3HACLcB/s640/bro.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i>Copenhagen's Inderhavnsbro - Inner Harbour Bridge - Photo: City of Copenhagen</i></td></tr></tbody></table>It's no secret that Copenhagen continues to invest massively in bicycle infrastructure like no other city on the planet. The network is already comprehensive and effective but the City continues to add important links, especially over the harbour and the canals.<br /><br />One of the more recent additions is the Inner Harbour Bridge - Inderhavnsbroen in Danish - that spans Copenhagen Harbour at a key, strategic and iconic point. It links the city center at the end of the postcard picture perfect Nyhavn with the Christianshavn neighbourhood and the southern neighbourhoods beyond.<br /><br />It is one of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/08/the-bicycle-bridges-of-copenhagen.html">a series of 17 new bridges or underpasses for bicycle traffic that have been added to the City's transport network in the past few years</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/07/copenhagens-inderhavnsbro-inner-harbour.html">The Inner Harbour Bridge was riddled with problems and was extremely delayed, as you can read here</a>. Now, however, it's been open since July 2016.<br /><br />Let me be clear... I'm thrilled that we have a new, modern link over the harbour to accommodate bicycle traffic and pedestrians. I am over the moon that the number of cyclists crossing daily exceeds all projected numbers. The City estimated that between 3000-7000 cyclists would use the bridge but the latest numbers are 16,000.<br /><br />It's a massive success. But sometimes you can see the forest for the trees. I'm sorry, but Inderhavnsbro is a stupid, stupid bridge.<br /><br />It fulfills it's primary function of allowing people to cross a body of water. But it is a cumbersome, beastly thing that is completely and utterly out of place in the delicate urban, historical and architectural context of its location. A fantastic overcomplication of the simple, timeless art of bridges that open and close. Designed by an architect named Cezary Bednarski from an architecture bureau will roots in two countries where cycling is no longer mainstream transport, it has failed miserably in respecting the basic concepts of bicycle urbanism and the established standards for infrastructure and facilities. By the looks of it, <a href="http://www.studio-bednarski.com/" target="_blank">Studio Bednarski</a> didn't even bother to understand them.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/28135396496/" title="Inderhavnsbro - Inner Harbour Bridge - Copenhagen"><img alt="Inderhavnsbro - Inner Harbour Bridge - Copenhagen" height="480" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7475/28135396496_0c78458bdb_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />The nickname for the monster is the "kissing bridge" and it is flawed in so many ways. After millenia with perfectly functional designs to cross water like drawbridges and swing bridges, this architect decided to overcomplicate the concept. The bridge meets in the middle, where the two sides "kiss". A nice, giggly idea on a distant architecture office desk but quite stupid in practice. It proved incredibly difficult to make the giggly idea work. <br /><br />Crossing the bridge by bicycle involves two sharp turns - two chicanes. Chicanes designed by someone who doesn't ride a bicycle. Cyclists are shunted sharply and rudely towards the middle of the bridge and back out to the side again. Perhaps the idea of getting the two sides to "kiss" was too difficult with the length of the bridge or the width required to make the kiising part work. The quirky kissing idea is the primary objective, at the expense of common sense. The primary visual gimmick is that the glass panels change colour as the bridge opens. Oooh. Wow.<br /><br />For a century, Best Practice standards for details like chicanes have been in place. We know what curvature works best for comfort and for safety. These chicanes pose serious problems and they are clearly visible for anyone to see. You can see from the bicycle tracks in rain that people just cut the corners of them.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33057039793/" title="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge"><img alt="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge" height="480" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2879/33057039793_a534296479_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />A more serious concern is the many skidmarks you see on the bridge as you head downwards in either direction. I stop and study them every time I cross. Have a look when you cross. There are always fresh ones. They stop before the glass barriers, but I figured out why, as you can see in the photo, above. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33057040403/in/photolist-Sn8Yqt-T24iGU-SjtnBQ-SjtnrQ-PeQqLJ-NfcAY7-NWqqff-NZzZZM-MPm6p8-MrQoHR-M1C7ky-JVg2SD-J1zC6f-HXFEfb-Jek7nQ-JSeg3E-JNjrPD-JL3is3-JSega3-JSefWY-JL3ibw-JNjuei-HYQH1m-JuotZE-JSemjG-Juou8L-JL3r69-AMD3TQ-BhXp2M-AwWTSz-HME1Vo-HQse87-HYZKzc-G9vzu3-GxwCv5-GhL1oM-FT7M7i-DAyLur-CSxKZh-CQrmwX-AN7aeA-Bj4WsW-zByEkZ-yWFdRh-yhUFnA-yGfyzp-xoqkZ1-rxzZd1-riqyZg-rgybA2" title="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge"><img alt="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge" height="480" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2919/33057040403_22fc6a7ece_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />People crown the bridge in the middle and then get speed up, but many people fail to realise that the architect wasn't capable of a straight line and they slam on the brakes and hit the glass. I don't know if anyone has gone over the edge into the water, but the physics provide a perfect storm. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33486156560/" title="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge"><img alt="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge" height="320" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2915/33486156560_f9be0124ed_n.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33026876074/" title="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge"><img alt="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge" height="320" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2835/33026876074_79872d15de_n.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Look at the glass barrier in the above photo. The City has realised there is an issue and have slapped up a large, red and white warning sign to try and help people realise that it's a dead-end. <br /><br /><b>If you need to put warning signs on a design, it is basically a crappy design. Period.</b><br /><br />The grade to get up the bridge also ignores Best Practice standards for bicycle infrastructure. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/02/danish-bicycle-infrastructure-history.html">In this article you can read how most standards were established in the 1920s and 1930s</a>. The architect probably thought "bike" and a spandexy dude on a race bike popped into his head. I have seen a few people get off and walk up the incline, but most just muscle their way up. The bridge is too steep. It is not designed for a mainstream bicycle city and the architect didn't bothering researching the fact that we have 40,000 cargo bikes filled with kids and goods in Copenhagen.<br /><br />On all the other bicycle bridges in Copenhagen a simple boom will drop to the sound of a simple ringing bell to stop cyclists and pedestrians when the bridge is opening. Compare that simple design to the huge, groaning barriers that rise like creatures from the black lagoon on the Inderhavnsbro. Comical overcomplication.<br /><br />Another detail is that there are no ramps on the stairs on the pedestrian side - unusual in Copenhagen - but necessary. That is easily fixed, compared the rest of the nightmare.<br /><br />Is using municipal funding to experiment with giggly, freestyle designs really a good idea? The bridge was also funded by a philanthropic fund - but does that mean that we don't have to be rational when we get free stuff?<br /><br />I can easily and rightfully criticize the architect who failed miserably at his task, but lest we forget there was a jury of Copenhageners who actually looked at this and voted "YES!" So there are many fools at this party.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/33026875494/in/photolist-SjtnrQ-PeQqLJ-NfcAY7-NWqqff-NZzZZM-MPm6p8-MrQoHR-M1C7ky-JVg2SD-J1zC6f-HXFEfb-Jek7nQ-JSeg3E-JNjrPD-JL3is3-JSega3-JSefWY-JL3ibw-JNjuei-HYQH1m-JuotZE-JSemjG-Juou8L-JL3r69-AMD3TQ-BhXp2M-AwWTSz-HME1Vo-HQse87-HYZKzc-G9vzu3-GxwCv5-GhL1oM-FT7M7i-DAyLur-CSxKZh-CQrmwX-AN7aeA-Bj4WsW-zByEkZ-yWFdRh-yhUFnA-yGfyzp-xoqkZ1-rxzZd1-riqyZg-rgybA2-pdmA3x-mG69Cg-kKUgyK" title="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge"><img alt="Inderhavnsbroen - Inner Harbour Bridge" height="500" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3956/33026875494_1e19ae97e4.jpg" width="375" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There are so many moving parts that breakdowns will be inevitable. It's already happened a number of times. Ships have been stuck on the wrong side because it couldn't open. The little tent, above, appeared suddenly and was in place for more than a week. That's hardly good for mobility. A fancy schmancy bridge in Kiel, Germany, ended up having so many problems that another bridge was built next to it, to be used when the fancy bridge breaks down. Is that where we are heading in Copenhagen?<br /><br />The bridge is nothing more than "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119594876/archinect-s-lexicon-magpie-architecture" target="_blank">magpie architecture</a>". A shiny object that attracted the favour of the people who selected it. Seduced by bling and fake innovation instead of being guided by timeless rationality and basic design principles. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/03/the-depressing-rise-of-squiggletecture.html">It follows in the sad tradition of Squiggletecture, where bridges and facilities are designed by architects who don't understand the users</a>.<br /><br />What's more, in an attempt to appease the wealthy sailboat crowd, the City of Copenhagen agreed to let the bridge open 30 times a month - far more than the six times a month that the other main links over the harbour - Knippelsbro and Langebro -open. This bridge will be unreliable as a transport option for people who are just trying to get to work or education once the sailing season starts.<br /><br />The basic principles of Danish Design - practical, functional and elegant - were sadly forgotten in the choice of this bridge. The shine will wear off and, I fear, we'll be faced with more expensive problems.<br /><br />Facepalm.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-19969568647988172802017-03-28T12:10:00.000+02:002017-04-04T17:05:35.874+02:00Berlin - A New Hope<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JSI_EAVslZg/WNo2SYIx1XI/AAAAAAAAL5Q/wY7THw2p1-obeafK1zOjgwTLYgxgUjavQCLcB/s1600/2017-03-20%2B16.55.36%2B-%2BCopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="450" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JSI_EAVslZg/WNo2SYIx1XI/AAAAAAAAL5Q/wY7THw2p1-obeafK1zOjgwTLYgxgUjavQCLcB/s640/2017-03-20%2B16.55.36%2B-%2BCopy.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></i><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">This article is written by Copenhagenize Design Company's former urban planner, Leon Legeland. Originally from the least bicycle friendly city in Germany, Wiesbaden, he has lived, studied and worked in Vienna, Malm?, Copenhagen and currently Berlin. He has a master in Sustainable Urban Management and is recently finished his second masters in Sustainable Cities here in Copenhagen. He now works in Berlin.</span></i><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Last year we covered the <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/04/berlin-decides-its-future.html">state of cycling in Berlin</a>. It’s time for an update. </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Berlin has a quite ambitious bicycle strategy and the city administration, on some level, understands that urban cycling improves the quality of life and that it needs to be promoted and supported</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. As cosmopolitan cities the world over, cycling rates in the last decade have been on the rise. The substandard infrastructure built to date has been partly responsible, but in order to get the 99% on bikes, Berlin will have to turn to best practice infrastructure. Progress is painfully slow and there is little in the way of best practice design. Most importantly, the people of Berlin seem to appreciate the benefits of cycling, cycling rates are rising, and people are demanding more action from the political power through a referendum.</span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-a6bdf021-397c-f76b-4ef6-0d4366700886" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Our blog post from April landed right in the middle of the heated debate around cycling in the German capital. We flattered the group around the cycling referendum and we annoyed the senate with provocations about their actions making Berlin a more bicycle friendly city. Revisiting Berlin nearly a year later, we take a look at the current state of bicycle planning in Berlin.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thanks to the political pressure and activism of the cycling referendum group Volksentscheid Fahrrad [link], urban cycling became a key issue during the 2016 election campaigns. Consequently, the political powers had to incorporate the claims of the cycling referendum in their political agendas. We have to praise Volksentscheid Fahrrad once again for their activism, dedication and political prowess in bringing urban cycling to the political debate. Their communication and organisation can serve as &nbsp;an example for bicycle activism the world over. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Volksentscheid Fahrrad’s work is only one sign of progress in Berlin. The newly elected coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and the Socialists (Die Linke) agreed in their coalition treaty on the implementation of a mobility mandate by Spring 2017. This mobility mandate is poised to be the most progressive mobility concept in entire Germany and it certainly has some promising goals and objectives. First, the cycling mandate, proposed in Volksentscheid Fahrrad’s referendum, forms the fundamental basis for the future of mobility planning in Berlin, calling for a sensible redistribution of road space in favour of bicycles through dedicated infrastructure. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Mobility Mandate</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As part of the coalition treaty a mobility mandate will be implemented.The coalition treaty and will be implemented in a mobility mandate. Even some of the most pessimistic cycling activists are rubbing their eyes in disbelief that this is actually happening. So what exactly does this new mandate say?</span></div><br /><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The City will invest in bicycle infrastructure along all main roads with a lane widths of two metres.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Additionally a network of cycling streets, where drivers have to yield and bicycle riders will be developed on side-streets</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dangerous intersections will be redesigned with improved safety for pedestrians and bicycle users alike.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">100 kilometres of bicycle highways will be constructed.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The City is already <a href="http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/verkehr/zweite-gruene-welle-fuer-radler-in-berlin-23816014">testing green waves</a> for people travelling by bike and is willing to expand the system on more arterial roads. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bicycle parking will be improved with more bike racks throughout the city and large bicycle parking garages close to all main train stations.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">And a tiny detail, Intersections will be altered to allow bicycle riders to make right turns on red lights.</span></div></li></ul><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As if that weren't enough, the city agreed on another prestige project to show their change in traffic planning paradigm. As of 2019, private cars will be banned from Berlin's 60 metre wide boulevard, Unter den Linden, as it’s transformed into a large space for flaneurs and cyclists. The only vehicles to be are allowed are buses, taxis and diplomatic cars. It's open for discussion whether Unter den Linden is the right choice for a pedestrian friendly transformation and it remains to be seen how the space will be designed and used or what effects it'll have on the surrounding streets, but the symbolic significance is without a doubt. And beyond an improved pedestrian realm in the centre, the extension of the Autobahn 100 will be stopped at Treptower Park, cancelling the previously proposed addition under the river Spree. The insanity of a ring road Autobahn is on ice. Let’s hope it dies there. </span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-a6bdf021-397e-75ad-1ee0-ecbe20b5a12b" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beginning in 2018, this ambitious mandate will be financed with an annual investment of €51 million, or, €15 per person, per year. It’s worth noting that the current annual budget per person on bicycle infrastructure is €3.5. At this level of financial support, Berlin will finally rival other European like Paris or Madrid and their investments in bicycle infrastructure. The difference is that with an existing widespread acceptance and appreciation of the bicycle and a high bicycle modals share of 18%, Berlin has an advantage. This acceptance coupled with the forthcoming funding will surely make results..</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">All this sounds fantastic and we're wondering if it's just a lot of hot air to please the voters in the beginning of the electoral period. Can the City realise all their proposed plans and actions? If you look at the bicycle strategy from 2012 it is full of ambitious plans and states similar goals as the new mobility </span><span style="background-color: #fff2cc; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">mandate</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. However, with these new goals being legally binding, the likelihood of achieving these new goals is greatly improved.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Nevertheless, Volksentscheid Fahrrad are a little reserved with their enthusiasm about the new mobility mandate. They see it as a huge step forward, but they will continue fighting for even tighter commitment to cycling. We were lucky to meet the two group members Peter Feldkamp and Tim Birkholz for a brief interview. They explained that Volksentscheid Fahrrad’ is missing a measurable quantification of the new mobility mandate. In contrast to their developed Cycling mandate, the mobility </span><span style="background-color: #fff2cc; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">mandate</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> does not have a clear time plan and assigned obligations. Further the quality and design of the infrastructure is not defined. And as we’ve seen time and time again, reliable infrastructure makes all the difference.</span></div><br /><br />----<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hlIMjCnvIuk/WNohVChnkBI/AAAAAAAAEp4/sqVymdOFI4gXyurGZwfbFDtVHOL8WAFxACLcB/s1600/Berlin%2BStreet.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hlIMjCnvIuk/WNohVChnkBI/AAAAAAAAEp4/sqVymdOFI4gXyurGZwfbFDtVHOL8WAFxACLcB/s640/Berlin%2BStreet.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The path forward</span></div><span id="goog_1352958752"></span><b id="docs-internal-guid-a6bdf021-397e-fb20-a56f-3178fcd7ab8d" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Berlin, and Germany in general, suffers from a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/07/vehicular-cyclists-secret-sect.html">strong lobby for vehicular cycling, meaning these people think that cyclist belong on the road in the flow of cars and in accordance with the principles of riding a car.</a>&nbsp;The dominance of bike lanes separated by mere paint common throughout the country shows this. The best-practice alternative, with a clear, physical separation through a curb, parked cars or some sort of other physical protection still faces criticisms and is rarely realised. Turning to Danish best practice, Volksentscheid Fahrrad has presented a design standard for the construction of bicycle infrastructure in Berlin. In comparison to their developed Cycling law, the mobility mandate by the senate does not have a design standard for the quality of the bicycle infrastructure.Though unfortunately, the bicycle mandate presented by the Berlin senate lacks a design standard, let alone one that prioritizes physically separated, dedicated infrastructure.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Under both the current standards and the proposed mandate, painted bicycle lanes qualify as sufficient infrastructure, no matter the speed limit or traffic flow of the neighbourhoods automobile lanes. And at just 1.5 to 2 metres wide, these painted lanes run between parked cars and moving traffic, far from a comfortable, accessible ride. And from a user experience perspective, cycling in the dooring zone of parked cars makes the lanes feel more much narrower. There’s a time and a place for painted lanes, but they should be reserved for slower, less busy streets.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The influx of painted lanes in Berlin over the past decade gave bicycle riders their needed space, but now it's time to move to the next level, to best practice. The City is currently preparing for a pilot project studying physically separated cycle tracks and test different materials and objects for physical separation. Here’s to hoping this pilot study helps shape a new design standard.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Another remaining issues is the lack of qualified personnel that can take over the task of transforming Berlin into a bicycle friendly city. The current institutions seem completely overstrained with missing and qualified planners to mediate between all relevant actors. An example for the catastrophic situation in the Berlin administration came up this fall. For 13 years now, a bicycle lane along Skalitzer Stra?e has been shovel-ready, but the involved actors can't get their shit together and roll out the infrastructure. What makes this a true debacle, is we’re talking a simple painted lane.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We know that in some instances we have 18th Century institutions facing 21st Century problems. But we also know that a 18th century invention can solve 21th century problems.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As a reaction to the chaotic planning status, Berlin wants to start a City owned planning institution that has the overview of current bicycle planning and construction activities. Further, a cycling alliance between the ADFC, Volksentscheid Fahrrad, the relevant districts, and the public transit organisation has been formed. However, they still need planners, engineers and designers to get the much needed work done.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The newly approved budget for cycling infrastructure will be in place from 2018 and the newly formed administrations and municipal planning departments are reforming after the elections. It will take some time to get things done, but Berlin is moving towards the right direction! For now we look really optimistic in the future. </span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We'll keep you updated…</span></div><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-36869183812414191572017-02-21T15:24:00.000+01:002017-02-21T15:32:11.186+01:00Malm?'s Bicycle House is Open - Cykelhuset OhBoy<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0528.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="630" /><br /><br /><i>Jennie Fasth is a cyclist, bicycle advocate and freelance writer based in Malm?, Sweden. She is currently a student at the University of Lund, studying geographic information systems. She is working towards her Masters degree in urban planning. This article of hers was <a href="https://happyride.se/" target="_blank">first published on the Swedish website HappyRide.se</a> and is republished here on Copenhagenize.com with permission.</i><br /><br /><b>OhBoy - The Swedish Bicycle House is Open</b><br /><i>by Jennie Fasth</i><br /><br />On 23 October 2015, the first sod was turned for what would become the first "cykelhus" - or "bicycle house" in Sweden. The development is named OhBoy and is located in the Western Harbour (V?sterhamn) &nbsp;of the City of Malm?. Tenants have now gradually started moving in. What does the Bicycle House look like? Who are the residents and what do they think about their new and unique building? I decided to find out.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0633-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />All 55 apartments are rented out and there is no doubt that bike-minded people were among the first to move in. Not all moving vans have arrived just yet, but there is no shortage of bikes. Along the access walkways, there are many regular bikes and cargo bikes. The bicycle garage is a beehive of activity, as well.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0680-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />There are bicycles on every floor and, unlike traditional apartment buildings, bikes are more than welcome on the access coridors. The railings are reinforced and extra space has been designed in, allowing for wider bikes to fit - without conflicting with fire regulations.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170214_125632733_iOS-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br /><b>Bicycle Pool and Cargo Bikes</b><br /><br />Although tenants start to arrive there remains a lot to do on the house. Three places to tinker with bikes, will be available shortly, two outdoor and one in the basement. These will be provided with tools for residents to borrow. Tenants will also have access to a bicycle pool and three of the custom-made bikes arrived just the other day - <a href="http://www.xyzcargo.com/" target="_blank">from Danish DIY cargo bikemakers XYZ Cargo</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0533-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.hauschild-siegel.com/" target="_blank">architecture bureau Hauschild + Siegel</a> has designed, built and will manage the Bicycle House. They spent a great deal of time finding solutions to make the building as bicycle-friendly as possible. The bicycle pool is no exception. In order to maximize the comfort for residents living car-free, they have ordered bikes from XYZ Cargo in Copenhagen. In addition to the traditional three-wheeler cargo bike, residents can borrow both a kindergarten cargo bike with room for six children and a bicycle taxi with room for two passengers. Even some folding bikes have been ordered.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0545.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />These cargo bikes will have a separate parking area under a roof and next to the car park and the bike washing facility. After consulting with a landscape architect, an environmentally-friendly system has been developed. The traditional oil separator will be replaced with plants that will act as a filter in the cleaning process. Environmental considerations are consistent in the vegetation, the environmentally-friendly building materials and solar panels.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0553-1800x1440.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br /><b>Bikes - Access All Areas</b><br /><br />The kindergarten bike and the bike taxi are extra wide, but the building is designed for them. All doors are 10 cm wider than normal, which makes it possible for the residents to take their bike anywhere in the building. Even right up to their apartment door if necessary. In addition, every door is equipped with a door opener for easier access.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0569-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The architects have also thought about that all important turning radius in stairwells. Wider than in traditional apartment buildings. The bikes also fit easily into the elevators, which are wider and deeper than normal.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0578.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />It is easy to understand why the access walkways are teeming with cargo bikes. It is so easy to take them with you up to your apartment. The residents don't have to unload the bike and then carry everything up to the apartment. This ease-of-use could not be easier.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170214_130711265_iOS-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />You don't need to stop at the front door. The apartments are designed so that bikes can be wheeled right to your fridge, if you so desire. The apartment doors are also 10 cm wider than the norm. The kitchens are designed by <a href="http://www.puustelli.fi/" target="_blank">Finnish company Puustelli</a>&nbsp;and consist of cabinet doors in glazed birch (gray and white in most apartments) and the countertops are Finnish granite. All units are fitted with induction stoves, convection ovens, dishwashers and a washing machine.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170214_131107581_iOS-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The open floor plan provides plenty of opportunities to decide for yourself how you want to design the accessibility in your apartment. Interestingly, the walls and ceilings are concrete and it is not allowed to paint them. Picture frams and curtain solutions are provided by the building administrators. You'll need permission to drill in the concrete walls.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170214_131814897_iOS-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Regardless of which door the residents use to enter the building, bikes are thought into the design. All doors are wider and the elevator opens at front and back so you never need to turn your bike around.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170214_125513390_iOS-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Post boxes are available at the entrance and accommodate both large and small post. The idea is that the residents can shop from home - as so many people do - but also to make it easy to recieve packages. In addition to the cargo bikes, there is also a car share program included in the apartment.<br /><br /><b>A Car-Free Life</b><br /><br />It is totally possible to just wander around the entire building all day and study all the cycling options and details. There are small touches everywhere that are part of the big picture in a building designed for people who have chosen a car-free life. We were able to meet some of the residents to hear why they moved into Bicycle House.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0642-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Ola Fagerstrom is an avid cyclist with many bike kilometres behind him. He has a cargo bike, a cyclecross and a mountain bike in his collection. He worked for a year at Danish cargo bike brand Larry vs Harry in Copenhagen, so it's no surprise that a Bullitt cargo bike was the one he chose. You'll see Ola whizzing around on it in Malm?. He sold his car two years ago and hasn't any reason to buy a new one.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0658-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Moving to the Bicycle House has only been a positive experience. Ola's son, Malte, used to have t ride 10 km a day to get to school in Western Harbour, and now has a much shorter journey. &nbsp;Ola enjoys the area's industrial feel and calm streets. He likes not having a building across the street and the view of Stapelb?dds Park is harmonic, he says. Although there is still construction noise in the building, it is still very quiet. It is impossible to hear the local skate park or the traffic nearby.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0663fixad2-1467x1800.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Ola's bike expertise has been harnessed by the building's community and he has had the opportunity to take part in both the purchase of tools for the workshops and the bikes for the bicycle pool. Even though it has only been a few weeks since he moved in, Ola is thriving. He thinks it is fantastic to smoothly roll his fully-loaded Bullitt cargo bike into the elevator and park outside his front door.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0799-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The next resident we meet is Johanna Ekne. She lives and works in the building and will be responsible for the coming Bicycle Hotel and while the decision to move here was work-related, it was the design of the place that sold it to Johanna. Her family innovative thinking and a building dedicated to cycling felt right.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0724-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Moving boxes are not yet emptied and there is much to be done but Johanna loves it. The apartment is very different that the old house in M?llev?ngen where she moved from, which had four flights of stairs and no lift. The family also had problems finding space for their bikes. Today, the bikes are parked outside their flat, which Johanna thinks is brilliant.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0739-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The family kept their car during the move but now have plans of selling it. Something Johanna looks forward to. "It will be great. Everything is easier by bike".<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0776-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />The family lives at the top of the building and the apartment has two levels. Each apartment on the 6th and 7th floor has a spacious terrace that will &nbsp;eventually be fitted with green barriers and flower boxes to provide some privacy.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0820-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />For the residents who don't have a large terrace, the view can be enjoyed from the roof terrace. An orangery is being built and all vegetation will be in place by April 2017.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20161028_120706138_iOS-kopia-1800x1350.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br /><b>The Bicycle Hotel</b><br /><br />Moving boxes are still arriving in a steady flow and most residents are expected to move in by the time the Bicycle Hotel opens. March 1. 2017 is the date that the 32 apartments on the ground floor will be ready for guests.<br /><br /><img alt="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0848-1800x1200.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor and a kitchen and living room with work area are located upstairs. Guests have their own entrance with a little garden outside and, during the stay, will have free access to bikes. The reception will be on the ground floor of the building but the idea is that hotel guests will check in on their own. A communal laundry will also be included at the reception.<br /><br />The hotel apartments are aimed both at those who want to stay longer and those who are just looking for a short term accommodation for the purpose of, for example, looking for work. All apartments are equipped with a desk and chair and free internet access.<br /><br /><img alt="Graphic ? Hauschild + Siegel" src="https://happyride.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/GetFileAttachment-1800x875.jpg" title="Photo ? Jennie Fasth" width="400" /><br /><br />Many amazing things are happening in Malm?'s Western Harbour related to urban cycling. Several property owners are trying to reduce the number of cars and promote cycling, as well as generally making life easier in the area without a car.<br /><br />None of them, however, have gone to the lengths as Hauschild + Siegel and the Bicycle House Ohboy. This will hopefully be the start of an urban trend where expensive (to build) car parking can be replaced with investment in sustainable living and environmentally-friendly mobility.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-25111975422274428852017-01-30T13:21:00.004+01:002017-01-30T13:22:11.626+01:00Bike Helmets - Something Rotten in the State of Denmark<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4xmttLPvy0c/WI8uj_0ls_I/AAAAAAAALe8/jc62UJhMuEA3DsFBZ3yiHcDhp9wGmFKIACLcB/s1600/Health%2Bvs%2BSafety%2B-%2BCopy.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="344" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4xmttLPvy0c/WI8uj_0ls_I/AAAAAAAALe8/jc62UJhMuEA3DsFBZ3yiHcDhp9wGmFKIACLcB/s640/Health%2Bvs%2BSafety%2B-%2BCopy.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />I took part in a radio debate last week. Four guests and a journalist. In that forty-five minutes, I experienced a number of things including, but not limited to, the anti-intellectualisation of our society, emotional propaganda, alternative facts, manipulative and selective choice of facts, The Culture of Fear and the negative branding of cycling.<br /><br />You might expect I was on American or Australian radio. Nope. I was a 12 minute bike ride from Copenhagenize Design Company’s Copenhagen office - <a href="http://www.dr.dk/radio/ondemand/p1/p1-debat-2017-01-27" target="blank">at Denmark’s national broadcaster, DR, on their flagship radio channel P1 Debat</a>. <br /><br />The occasion was a debate about bike helmets. The week before, <a href="http://www.madschristensen-book.dk/" target="blank">a Danish media personality, Mads Christensen</a>, tossed out a remark on a television programme about how he let his kids decide for themselves, at the age of eight, if they wanted to wear a bike helmet or not. His comments were simply based on rationality about real or percieved dangers in society. Nevertheless, they generated a great deal of debate on social media. A journalist and radio host, Bente Dalsb?k (The Journalist), decided to allocate 45 minutes to the subject. <br /><br />Mads Christensen (The Rationalist) was there, of course. Also invited were Klaus Bondam (The Bike Advocate), head of the <a href="http://cyklistforbundet.dk/" target="_blank">Danish Cyclists’ Federation</a>; Torben Lund Kudsk (The Motorist), head of the <a href="http://www.fdm.dk/" target="_blank">Danish car lobby NGO, FDM</a>; and yours truly. <br /><br />I don’t often engage in discussions about bike helmets in Denmark and try to avoid them in other regions. I feel that it distracts from our work at <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> in designing infrastructure for cities. Like Chris Boardman - former pro-cyclists and policy advisor at British Cycling has said on BBC.com, "You're as safe riding a bike as you are walking," (a helmet is) "... not in the top 10 things you can do to keep safe."<br />http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29894590<br /><br />I did this TED x talk in 2010 about The Culture of Fear related to bike helmets in order to NOT have to talk about it all the time. <br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/07o-TASvIxY" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />This article by Howie Chong entitled <a href="http://www.howiechong.com/journal/2014/2/bike-helmets" target="_blank">Why it Makes Sense to Bike Without a Helmet</a> is also well worth a read.<br /><br /><br />What has shocked me is that the debate about helmets is at such a primitive level in this country. Even in hard-core helmet promotion regions elsewhere in the world, I can engage in discussions at a much higher level. The hysterical social media reaction to comments like those by Mads Christensen would be balanced by people aware of science and practicing rationality. Not so here in Denmark. The reactions were overwhelmingly hysterical and ignorant. Not to mention completely unworthy of a well-educated nation like Denmark.<br /><br />The 45 minute interview started with context, where The Rationalist explained his side of the story. He repeated his statement about rationality and risk assessment. When mountain biking the woods, he and his kids wear helmets. When cycling to the shops in the world’s safest bicycle nation or whatnot, he doesn’t and he allows his kids to make their own call. Sounds like an intelligent approach.<br /><br />Like almost everywhere else, kids have a higher risk of head injury in cars and in playgrounds and for adults, cars pose the greatest risk followed by being a pedestrian, being at home, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ethicallivingblog/2009/jun/29/bike-blog-cycling-safety" target="_blank">gardening</a>, etc.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AS5P0G3JNRY/WI8rUf4Z5AI/AAAAAAAALeM/oY06yx5DLOgfvtG9tADt8RtcXlRDqAajwCLcB/s1600/whats%2Blikely%2Bto%2Bgive%2Ba%2Bhead%2Binjury003.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="318" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AS5P0G3JNRY/WI8rUf4Z5AI/AAAAAAAALeM/oY06yx5DLOgfvtG9tADt8RtcXlRDqAajwCLcB/s640/whats%2Blikely%2Bto%2Bgive%2Ba%2Bhead%2Binjury003.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Yes, life remains dangerous, although we live in a safer society than at any other point in the history of homo sapiens. The Culture of Fear, however, is the bogeyman. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/09/fear-of-cycling-02-constructing-fear-of.html">We can still construct fear of anything - including cycling</a>. And wherever we can scare people, there are products to be sold to them.<br /><br />After The Rationalist outlined his point of view in the radio debate, The Journalist started to gather points of view, starting with The Bike Advocate. Klaus Bondam stated his organisation’s standard position. They strongly recommend helmets but are against legislation to make them mandatory. I pointed out that The Bike Advocate is the head of the only national bicycle NGO in Europe that actively promotes helmets.<br /><br />It was then my turn to present my point of view. How science should be respected, how manipulating selective facts is fundamentally wrong. I did what I could with the short answering time allocated to me by The Journalist but I could see early on in the interview that it was rigged in favour of The Culture of Fear. Which made it a loooong 45 minutes. <br /><br />All the strategy for one-sided debate was present. The Journalist threw out a statistic about how 60% of head injuries could be avoided with a helmet. No, not 60% of ALL head injuries - she only meant bike crashes. The Bike Advocate threw out another select statistic. With the looks on their faces when they did so, you really sensed that they felt they were nailing the debate. <br /><br />The Journalist didn’t bothering questioning the statistic or the context of it in order to provide the listeners with a bigger picture. The Bike Advocate looked all pleased with himself at being able to quote a researcher name and the year of the study. While science is under fire in Trump’s America, there is another category that is equally detrimental to any debate. The One Study Argument. Just cast one study that produced one statistic into the debate and wham. You are portrayed as an expert. People who don’t know more about the subject have no response. Pity those poor fools. Let them bask in the glory of your One Study Argument greatness.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Czy0rze6OJU/WI8rnl3l5tI/AAAAAAAALeQ/lGIh9OGGbacYasOP_C2xilNuE7TenrD6wCLcB/s1600/abunchofstuides.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="380" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Czy0rze6OJU/WI8rnl3l5tI/AAAAAAAALeQ/lGIh9OGGbacYasOP_C2xilNuE7TenrD6wCLcB/s640/abunchofstuides.png" width="640" /></a></div>&nbsp;That is not how science works, however. The bigger picture is more important.<br /><br />Why is the debate at such a primitive level here in one of the world’s great cycling nations? The answer is simple. Lack of information - or rather a strictly controlled and manipulated information flow. In the Danish context, we must examine the tightly controlled information flow. Like you, wherever you are whilst reading this, we have a road safety NGO in Denmark. They call themselves <a href="http://sikkertrafik.dk/" target="_blank">The Danish Road Safety Council - R?det for Sikker Trafik</a> (The Safety Nannies).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1MjyvlP8VNA/WI8vXiaxaWI/AAAAAAAALfI/28EXf5GMwI08mdkqkvGKhkOGiYbCnFMaQCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B%2528280%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="218" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1MjyvlP8VNA/WI8vXiaxaWI/AAAAAAAALfI/28EXf5GMwI08mdkqkvGKhkOGiYbCnFMaQCLcB/s640/Screenshot%2B%2528280%2529.png" width="640" /></a></div><i>Via Yehuda Moon -&nbsp;<a href="http://yehudamoon.com/">http://yehudamoon.com/</a></i><br /><br />This NGO is the puppet master controlling the flow of information about bike helmets. They have mastered the art. By doing so, they also contribute to the anti-intellectualisation of Danish society. They select one or two studies that adhere to their strict ideology and present it like the word of god to the masses. If individuals question it, the stats are merely repeated. The “60%” stat that The Journalist found and presented in the studio is their current one commandment carved in a stone tablet. It originates with the Norwegian Transport Economic Institute (T?I) and dates from 2004. It is perfect for them. It is a Scandinavian source from a fancy-sounding institute. Ironically, T?I has published other helmet-related studies since then and few would fit Sikker Trafik’s ideology. Better to ignore them and stick to the stat that works.<br /><br />You don’t need to explain WHY climate change is a hoax. You just have to repeat it ad naseum. Much the same communication strategy as The Safety Nannies employ and hand off to lazy journalists and pundits. It is a sad, flawed strategy that only fans the flames of anti-intellectualisation in any society but if you look at it, it is a brilliant strategy from a communication point of view. <br /><br />The Safety Nannies started their bike helmet promotion in the early 1990s in Denmark. Since then, cycling levels have continued to fall, which is what we have seen in many regions around the world. Danes are cycling more than 30% less today than in 1990. (If we got that 30% back, we could save over 1500 lives a year because of the health benefits of cycling, according to Professor Lars Bo Andersen of University of Southern Denmark, the most published academic about the health benefits of cycling)<br /><br />The positive aspects of having a cycling population are rarely presented in the current debate in Denmark. They are not sensationalist enough for journalists, apparently. In the middle of the interview The Journalist held up a printed out photo that she harvested from Facebook of a woman with a head injury. It was like a image version of the One Study Argument. “See?! Look at THAT...” End of debate. Showing photos of tens of thousands of people lying in hospital beds suffering from lifestyle illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, etc, due to inactivity is considerably less glamorous and have no place in sensationalist journalism.<br /><br />Another old chestnut was presented in the studio. 17,000 people visit a hospital each year as a result of a bike crash. I tried to put that number into context. The average in Denmark is 20,000, so I had calculated based on that number.<br /><br />If 18% of the population of Denmark ride a bicycle to and from work or education each day, that is 1,008,000 trips a week, Monday to Friday. Multiply that by 300 work days a year and you get 302,400,000 trips by bike. We’re not even including the trips to the supermarket, cafe, cinema, etc. <br /><br />If 20,000 trips end in a crash and a hospital visit, that means you have, in Denmark, a <b>0.0066138% chance of crashing and going to the hospital</b>. The vast majority of those injuries are minor and the person in question is back on a bike in, at the most, a couple of days. Motorists, by the way, end up in hospitals much longer when they get injured in their preferred mode of transport.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s93YN9TZlkw/WI8v1vAjpvI/AAAAAAAALfQ/5zGxe7iPLvYrnMZaLoK53GRv0ek7LJbgACLcB/s1600/10562976_10154606554795221_2960072514861867416_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="183" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s93YN9TZlkw/WI8v1vAjpvI/AAAAAAAALfQ/5zGxe7iPLvYrnMZaLoK53GRv0ek7LJbgACLcB/s320/10562976_10154606554795221_2960072514861867416_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />According to the City of Copenhagen who endeavour to battle this Bicycle Misinformation War whenever they can, I have to cycle to work for 2800 YEARS before I get injured.<br /><br />So where was The Bike Advocate during this onslaught of manipulation and alternative facts? Was he deftly and professionally countering all the arguments about cycling being dangerous? You would hope so. He was, however, all over the map, sending conflicting messages about cycling. <br /><br />The Safety Nannies broadcast the number of 20,000 cyclists visiting hospitals to anyone who will listen. They are not content with that, however. They invented “m?rketal” - or “dark numbers” as a way of further constructing fear about cycling. Cyclists also get hurt but DON’T visit the hospital and those dark numbers are an unknown. Yes. Cyclists who ARE OKAY and who have bandaids in their home after a minor mishap are now being used in the massive branding of cycling as an undesirable transport form. <br /><br />The Bike Advocate presented the listeners with this concept of dark numbers. Instead of defending cycling from the onslaught, he helped polish the rifles and load the ammo. A little later, he threw in a mix of neutral and positive angles to confuse anyone who was listening. There was no clear agenda from Denmark’s national cycling NGO. They refuse to acknowledge what most other cycling NGOs in Europe know - that merely promoting helmets is detrimental to cycling levels.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QmvC7RlvM-U/WI8r2APPuTI/AAAAAAAALeU/PfHspLpy2vQoTpChFVMUr7-fzbF1-4YlQCLcB/s1600/European%2BCouncil%2BMinisters%2BTransport.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QmvC7RlvM-U/WI8r2APPuTI/AAAAAAAALeU/PfHspLpy2vQoTpChFVMUr7-fzbF1-4YlQCLcB/s320/European%2BCouncil%2BMinisters%2BTransport.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Personally, I am sceptical when shopkeepers promote helmets. The Cyclists’ Federation has a bike shop. Several people in the industry cancelled their memberships back in the day when they opened a shop. The criticism was that an NGO for cycling should not promote one product over the other and remain neutral.<br /><br />In another twist, we still have emails in our archives from late 2007 and early 2008 when The Safety Nannies started their hardcore, emotional propaganda about bike helmets. What tipped it for them was that they convinced the Cyclists’ Federation to get on board. Colleagues from our industry informed me that the latter were promised influence and access to future funding if they joined the helmet brigade. They continue to deny this to this day.<br /><br />In Denmark, everything started with The Safety Nannies and their manipulated alternative facts are largely unchallenged by a society slowly dumbing down. Trump didn’t invent Trumpism, he just excels at it. Trump is merely a product of societal development. The same techniques are present everywhere. Interestingly, like Trump, The Safety Nannies in Denmark do not like being contradicted. They have actually spent time emailing journalists in Denmark and abroad about… me. Engaging in attempted character assassination with journalists and editors. Trying to discredit me. It is amusing. It only helps getting science printed and distributed. It also shows that their case is weak. You don’t go to all that effort if you are confident in what you are saying.<br /><br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JMs4POqC-fI/WI8s424WiaI/AAAAAAAALeo/FMXnCJ5_oCAbd4LkEOlrA4kK0K7lZf-KACLcB/s1600/HelmetCount02.png"><img border="0" height="286" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JMs4POqC-fI/WI8s424WiaI/AAAAAAAALeo/FMXnCJ5_oCAbd4LkEOlrA4kK0K7lZf-KACLcB/s320/HelmetCount02.png" width="320" /></a> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kHI6IARJuxs/WI8s40PGoQI/AAAAAAAALes/rcmDIp74Uv8hsHdskLtgdGBqG2yqshDFwCLcB/s1600/HelmetCount03.png"><img border="0" height="223" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kHI6IARJuxs/WI8s40PGoQI/AAAAAAAALes/rcmDIp74Uv8hsHdskLtgdGBqG2yqshDFwCLcB/s320/HelmetCount03.png" width="320" /></a><br /><i>Current helmet wearing rates in Copenhagen are at 11%.</i><br /><br />As we have come to expect, the debate also featured comments about “doctors and nurses say that...” Yet another technique in the debate. Who can doubt a medical professional?! They fail to realise that while those doctors and nurses excel at fixing people, they receive information about prevention from the same sources as everyone else. The one-way communication street from The Safety Nannies sends the same manipulated facts to doctors and nurses, too. Trust the medical professionals to make you better. Doubt the sources of their prevention advice. And notice that it is the trauma staff who get the best press. The doctors caring for those with lifestyle illnesses never get the same spotlight.<br /><br />The debate wandered into cyclist behaviour and the others agreed readily that “something has happened… cyclists are behaving more badly than ever before”. This is as amusing as it is wrong. Cyclist behaviour is largely unchanged for at least 120 years. There are countless articles, letters to the editor and editorials about cyclist behaviour over the past century. Not least this satirical piece by Denmark’s most loved satirist, Storm P..<br /><br />Perhaps it is time to realise that cyclist behaviour can only be changed if we stop forcing them to adhere to traffic rules and traffic culture designed to serve the automobile. We sending badminton players to play with ice hockey rules. It has never worked so it is time to think differently.<br /><br />We have shown time and again with our Desire Line Analyses that behaviour among our cycling citizens is fine. Only 5% of cyclists smash through the traffic rulebook. Which is on a par with pedestrians and motorists.<br /><br />A recent poll in Denmark outlined how ignorance of a topic can have dangerous consequences. This is a society where The Safety Nannies have a monopoly on the information about cycling. Danes were polled about whether they want a helmet law. A majority said yes. You don’t get that result in many places anymore due to the balance of information in the debate. Except in Denmark. The Safety Nannies and The Bike Advocate have been pushing helmets hard. Now they are under fire for not supporting a bike helmet law. They have shot themselves in the foot.<br /><br />It was a tough room. Countering emotional propaganda with an arsenal of science and rationality is difficult. I was in the line of fire as the others did what they could to continue this branding of cycling in Denmark as dangerous, using all the techniques we know from around the world. I tried to highlight facts like <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/australian-helmet-science-for-motorists.html" target="_blank">the Australian government’s study about motoring helmets</a>, but to no avail. I just hope some listeners got the point.<br /><br />I didn’t get to industrial design, unfortunately. People have been led to believe that a bike helmet can withstand a meteor strike. They have never been informed that a helmet is designed to protect the head in non-life threatening, solo accidents under 20 km/h. Or that helmets are tested in simulations that resemble a pedestrian falling - which makes them perfect for… pedestrians and people in their home. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cn4-dLVesBE/WI8sRXlYF2I/AAAAAAAALec/zapYpPSa4b4t3OcZbUoI0PuogjYn2D7DgCLcB/s1600/gaahjelm.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cn4-dLVesBE/WI8sRXlYF2I/AAAAAAAALec/zapYpPSa4b4t3OcZbUoI0PuogjYn2D7DgCLcB/s320/gaahjelm.png" width="227" /></a></div><i>"A walking helmet is a good helmet"</i><br /><br />Nor did I get to say that most serious head injuries are not a result of a lateral impact, but rather a rotational impact. Something bike helmets cannot deal with. <br /><br />Sigh.<br /><br />More people drown in Denmark each year than die in bicycle crashes. There is a missed financial opportunity there. Let’s pass laws making life vests mandatory within 2 metres of water. 35,000 Europeans die each year in cars. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/05/motoring-helmets-for-real-high-risk.html">Think of the money to be made if we imported these from Australia (it is a real product)</a>.<br /><br />It was a depressing debate session in that radio studio. Daily Mail tactics from The Journalist. Vague, conflicting and confusing messaging from The Bike Advocate. The Rationalist had his say, which helped, but at the end of the day, the sheeple will lean towards the strong-flowing current of misinformation from The Safety Nannies.<br /><br />You may recall that The Motorist was in the room, too. He didn’t say much. He didn’t need to. Would you? You have a national radio program completely trashing your main competitor. Car sales are at a four year high in Denmark. Just stand there and let them do it. <br /><br />I cycled back to the office and continued to work on our projects with cities who want to copenhagenize themselves. We’ll keep on keeping on. Designing their networks and infrastructure. Exporting the Copenhagen model. It is a good, transferable model. It is working to transform cities around the world. Embrace it. Everything else coming out of Denmark regarding negative branding, helmet promotion and The Culture of Fear… ignore it.<br /><br />Go talk to the Dutch. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/09/dutch-rationality-saves-childrens-lives.html">Start with this article about Dutch Rationality Saving Childrens’ Lives</a>.<br /><br />In Denmark, we're heading down this road:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-28JcjVDCoTU/WI8u2EPjxCI/AAAAAAAALfA/b25Kf7czuVcES_3ubYqCGzSWrxVqsQ90gCLcB/s1600/totalsafetysuit_fortheblog.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="319" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-28JcjVDCoTU/WI8u2EPjxCI/AAAAAAAALfA/b25Kf7czuVcES_3ubYqCGzSWrxVqsQ90gCLcB/s320/totalsafetysuit_fortheblog.PNG" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-24636074498130394682016-12-08T18:54:00.000+01:002016-12-27T13:04:47.552+01:00Top Ten Design Elements That Make Copenhagen Bicycle-FriendlyEpisode 01 - The Big Picture<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/69949876" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /><a href="http://copenhagenize.eu" target="blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> produced these short clips a couple of years back, filmed and edited by Ivan Conte, who was working with us at the time. They still get hits from various corners of the internet, so we thought we'd slap them together in one place. The Top Ten Design Elements that make Copenhagen a bicycle-friendly city.<br /><br />Episode 02 - The Green Wave for Cyclists<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/70355917" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /><br />Episode 03 - Intermodality<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/71170676" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 04 - Safety Details<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/71672595" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 05 - N?rrebrogade<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/72149913" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 06 - Macro Design<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/72539724" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 07 - Micro Design<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/73122441" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /><br />Episode 08 - Cargo Bikes<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/73669774" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 09 - Desire Lines<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/73926816" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Episode 10 - Political Will<br /><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/74610554" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-34382026212735175972016-11-27T15:26:00.002+01:002016-11-27T16:05:24.481+01:00Hygge and the Firepit of Transport<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4204486752/in/photolist-Cs7k41-C3cX6j-sbm6rJ-qwrXVv-peQctE-dchkvB-dchm4J-b9qVqX-aVWc5n-9umGbg-9umFUZ-8X3p6L-8SQ8iH-7px6qU-4iVdA1-2VjThP-G2m9i-G29iW-ByiED-y9mSP-wSSn4-wSSe4-u3kAv-sP3dJ-sbwv4-s3esP-k6Eqc" title="Advent Candles Week Three"><img alt="Advent Candles Week Three" height="427" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2696/4204486752_fae8b6e78e_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />The concept of "<i>hygge</i>" is, by all accounts, all the rage this year. A slough of books about “how to hygge” are on the market in the UK alone this year. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/nov/22/hygge-conspiracy-denmark-cosiness-trend" target="_blank">The Guardian even endevoured to produce a good longread about the whole shebang.</a>&nbsp;All to the amusement of Danes for whom the word is more of a ingrained feeling than a concept requiring an instruction manual.<br /><br />Hyg. Hygge. Hyggelig. &nbsp;This simple Danish word has captured many imaginations. Other languages have a similar word - <i>gemütlichkeit</i> in German or <i>gezellig</i> in Dutch but in Danish the meaning is taken to the next level. It often gets translated as “cosy”, but that is sadly inadequate. I’m going to get to how or if hygge relates to transport, but I need to lay down a baseline first.<br /><br />My standing example when I have to explain the concept to foreigners took place when I was in my 20s. A group of male friends and I met at a friend’s flat on a dark, November evening with pizza and beer to watch a Champion’s League match. Cue the usual boy banter and piss-taking. Until one of the guys looked around and said, “Lars… don’t you have any candles?” Lars had forgotten. He promptly hopped up to get them and light five or six of them, adding a “sorry” as he sat back down. A calm settled over the group and the football evening continued.<br /><br />In the winter months, candles are the prerequisite hygge prop. Indeed, Danes burn more candles than anyone else in the world. The focus on hygge in the international press - &nbsp;and a slough of glossy womens’ magazines - however, seems to be focused on baking cookies and moping under a duvet on the sofa whilst wearing slippers/wooly socks and sweatpants like a rejected character in Sex and the City. If that is the image we’re going to get slapped with in Denmark, we need to do some serious brand damage control.<br /><br />I’ve been asking other Danes for a couple of decades how they define hygge and I went on an asking spree before writing this article. While the general concept of hygge is etched delicately into the nucleus of our every cell, there is a slight divide in the interpretation, which may be a recent development. The debate is about whether you can hyg by yourself or whether you need to be at least two people. <br /><br />If you ask the older generation, most are adamant that it takes at least two to hygge tango. Many members of the younger generation, on the other hand, are fine with the idea of being able to hyg alone. If you told me that you were home alone last night and enjoyed a good book on the sofa with a cup of tea, I won’t ask if it was hyggeligt, although you might offer the comment that you hyggede with yourself. Yes. It’s a bit confusing. Personally, I find it most hyggelig when I spend time with one or more friends. At the end of it all, you can declare to each other “good to see you! It was hyggelig!” Home alone on the sofa, there is no one to say that to.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2171834012/in/photolist-Cs7k41-C3cX6j-sbm6rJ-qwrXVv-peQctE-dchkvB-dchm4J-b9qVqX-aVWc5n-9umGbg-9umFUZ-8X3p6L-8SQ8iH-7px6qU-4iVdA1-2VjThP-G2m9i-G29iW-ByiED-y9mSP-wSSn4-wSSe4-u3kAv-sP3dJ-sbwv4-s3esP-k6Eqc" title="Four Candles, A Zebra Crossing and a Bike"><img alt="Four Candles, A Zebra Crossing and a Bike" height="480" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/3/2348/2171834012_9b7fd2243d_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Right then. How does this apply to transport? Copenhageners, rumour has it, are predisposed to transport themselves in great numbers by bicycle each day. 56% of the citizens of the Danish capital, at last count. Urban cycling is certainly the most anthropologically-correct transport form for city dwellers. It provides independent mobility but still allows for interaction - conscious or sub-conscious - with the urban landscape and, not least, the other homo sapiens that inhabit it with you.<br /><br />To be honest, I’ve never heard anyone say that it was hyggelig to ride a bike to work. That might just be because we don’t often associate such things with transport. Avid cyclists will preach that cycling is “fun” as their primary messaging aimed at encouraging others to join their tribe. While I might, if forced, admit that cycling each and every day in Copenhagen is enjoyable, I would never use “fun”. Indeed, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/05/cycling-isnt-fun-its-transport.html">I’ve declared here on this blog that “cycling isn’t fun, it’s transport”</a>.<br /><br />Let’s slip under the surface for a moment. I dare to assume that the sub-conscious interaction with one’s city is one of the key strengths to growing and/or maintaining cycling levels. I’ve been asked in all seriousness several times through the years if cyclists wave at each other in Copenhagen - like I suppose they do in other parts of world where they are a rarity on the streets. However cute that might be, what a monumental task - waving at thousands of people all day long. And none waving back. But the subliminal sense of togetherness - something few realise - is there. The simple urban anthropological contentment at sharing a city with other humans - in a human form on a bicycle as opposed to boxed in and invisible in a car - is everpresent.<br /><br />To be honest, in the hundreds and hundreds of interviews I’ve done about cycling in Copenhagen, no journalist has ever asked if there was an element of hygge to it. Until last week... thanks to the current <i>hyggepocalypse</i> that is raging. Many, many journalists, however, have asked about the correlation between being consistently ranked as the world’s “happiest” nation and our cycling habits.<br /><br />First of all, on THAT note, the actual question asked in the survey is “are you content with your life?” Not quite the same as “are you happy”, is it? It gets morphed into headline friendly “happy” after the fact. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report" target="_blank">Look at the Top 10 happiest nations for 2016</a>. Seven of them - including all the Nordics - are countries with a high standard of living, cradle to grave health care, six weeks of annual holiday and strong secular cultures. Cycling doesn’t have much to do with it.<br /><br />Hygge is not exclusive to the Danes, however. It is merely an extension of the firepit. Besides serving an important role for security, warmth and preparation of food, the firepit was the adhesive that brought a tribe together. After a long day of hunting and gathering or warfaring, it was around the firepit that the tribe would gather. To eat, talk, tell stories. I suppose the television has replaced the firepit in many ways. Nevertheless, Danes just keep on firepitting in their own way. Seeking out the simplicity of togetherness.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5470650552/" title="Langebro Conversation"><img alt="Langebro Conversation" height="426" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5020/5470650552_c8865c2919_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">"Conversation cycling"</span></i><br /><br />So cycling in itself may not be regarded as hyggeligt, but there are still ample opportunities to enjoy the company of a friend as you cycle, with Best Practice infrastructure <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/albums/72157628902104983" target="blank">and what we call “conversation lanes” in Copenhagen</a>. Whatever the season.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4649472757/in/photolist-ddE5qa-cUweed-bwCbGy-brZWgE-bEUTMr-bbCoBz-bbCqTn-bbCqbD-b9rhzr-aVXerg-aGXUJD-aCjhdW-9VwStJ-9VwSdG-9VwRXy-9Vu1Cv-9SBktV-98VAy3-98VAQ9-98VBms-8EvhGx-7D88Yi-7yhJFf-77HDZS-6cfW5Q-5tBG8m-5tBGeb-5txjEx-98VB6N-8Yhv6E-8M5YBu-8Eyrym-8v5Ciw-8v6sxT-8v9uKA-85UVNE-85RLgp-85RL8D-7BxfMY-7tBV4m-7cMXDf-6kEPX4-66fchY-66aXnt-5HbxwP-5g9nM6-5gdFVS-4CebQH-Tgftw-Tgd2m" title="Cargo Bike Evening"><img alt="Cargo Bike Evening" height="320" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/4/3399/4649472757_5d314d7188_n.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />There can certainly be bicycle-related hygge, but the bicycle is merely a prop that makes it possible. Like chatting outside a bar in a cargo bike.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/27191347934/" title="Morten, the Bicycle Chef, working his magic in #Copenhagen #cphize16 @cykelkokken"><img alt="Morten, the Bicycle Chef, working his magic in #Copenhagen #cphize16 @cykelkokken" height="320" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7616/27191347934_41082ff689_n.jpg" width="320" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Cykelkokken at work.</span></i><br /><br />Copenhagen's renowed <a href="http://www.cykelkokken.dk/" target="_blank">Bicycle Chef - Cykelkokken</a> - Morten serves up gourmet food from his cargo bike and my god it's hyggelig. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/albums/72157633082476264" target="blank">Holding hands with someone you love while cycling is also hyggelig</a>, but again... the bike is a mere prop.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/19219315788/" title="Summertime in #copenhagen . Portable bbq"><img alt="Summertime in #copenhagen . Portable bbq" height="320" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/453/19219315788_87dee9ee08_n.jpg" width="320" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Bring your own bbq.</i><br /><br />I would argue that on some level, cycling is the firepit of transport. People gather at red lights. Not eating, talking or telling stories with each other, but they are elbow to elbow with other members of the urban tribe.<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/996Hg2GeUvo" width="560"></iframe><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">A long series of firepit moments in the morning rush hour.</span></i><br /><br />Warming themselves with the tightly-woven urban fabric on a deep but important sub-conscious level.<br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-83281407440121425092016-11-16T13:09:00.000+01:002019-06-10T08:40:20.382+02:00The Life-Sized City TV Series<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lLcEL58UcLM/WCxKszrCXnI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/26o_WypDQbgIkVrwOAxBbVuSsM9pbtEcwCLcB/s1600/12710716_1514780195496279_3166612543652996424_o.jpg"><img border="0" height="238" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lLcEL58UcLM/WCxKszrCXnI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/26o_WypDQbgIkVrwOAxBbVuSsM9pbtEcwCLcB/s640/12710716_1514780195496279_3166612543652996424_o.jpg" width="640" /></a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikael_Colville-Andersen" target="_blank">Mikael Colville-Andersen</a>, is embarking on an exciting new project in parallel with his work in our Copenhagen office. Shooting has begun on his new tv series The Life-Sized City. With his series, Mikael hopes to bring citizen urbanism into the living rooms of city dwellers all over the world. With rising urbanization, our cities are in focus more than ever. For the first time in almost a century, we are looking at the development of our urban centres in a new and exciting way.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">For 7000 years, ever since cities were first formed</a>, they have been fantastic theatres for human activity. Yet for the better part of the last 80 years, our perception of cities changed. They were suddenly regarded as a series of mathematical models that required engineering to make them function.<br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rJXHpZNU_M4/WCxK3Ixmv8I/AAAAAAAAAEU/h7p8OjIuVh8xXkdH2k4ks09WJ6ryPtsbwCLcB/s1600/LSC%2B-%2BCopy.png"><img border="0" height="268" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rJXHpZNU_M4/WCxK3Ixmv8I/AAAAAAAAAEU/h7p8OjIuVh8xXkdH2k4ks09WJ6ryPtsbwCLcB/s640/LSC%2B-%2BCopy.png" width="640" /></a>Slowly but surely, we are once again focusing on cities as life-sized urban spaces. We are witnessing the re-emergence of cities that are attractive, healthy, interesting and efficient. Cities that do not leave us feeling awestruck and insignificant with their height and girth, but that rather inspire us at street level. They are, quite simply, Life-Sized Cities.<br /><br />No city is perfect, of course. But some are farther advanced than others. Mikael will explore cities around the world and, instead of pointing fingers at their glaring flaws, we will seek out their pockets of life-sized goodness.<br /><br />&nbsp; <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/127687044" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><i>The promotional teaser trailer for The Life-Sized City.</i><br /><br />The title for the series was <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2013/07/lulu-and-life-sized-city.html" target="_blank">inspired by Mikael’s daughter, Lulu-Sophia, whom he calls The World’s Youngest Urbanist</a>. &nbsp;It was back in 2012 that Mikael started developing his idea together with his friend and executive producer, Nicolas Boucher, from <a href="http://dbcommedia.com/en/" target="_blank">production company DB Com Media in Montreal</a> . Fittingly, over a bottle of red wine. After a couple of years of development, the series started to take form until financing for the first six episodes of Season 1 fell into place and shooting the first episode began in Medellin, Colombia in June 2016.<br /><br /><i>“The Life-Sized City is, for me, a way to continue my work looking at how we can improve all aspects of urban life and, at the same time, transport my experiences into the living rooms of people all over the world”</i>, says Mikael Colville-Andersen. “<i>It is important to erase the borders between cities and to provide transferable inspiration that citizens can borrow freely from in their local community”</i>.<br /><br />The first six cities in Season 1 are Medellin, Toronto, Paris, Tokyo, Bangkok and Ljubljana. A mix of city sizes and styles that present a variety of challenges when seeking out life-sized elements on the urban landscape. The Life-Sized City will present a gallery of the best and the brightest minds and projects that are making our daily lives better in our cities - from bottom-up to top-down.<br /><br />Canadian broadcasters TV Ontario and Knowledge Network will broadcast the first season in Canada starting in September 2017, with other countries and regions around the world following suit afterwards. DBCom Media, among other programmes, produces the <a href="http://dbcommedia.com/en/waterfront-cities-of-the-world/" target="blank">Waterfront Cities series</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chacunsonile" target="blank">Island Diaries</a>.<br /><br />Follow <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lifesizedcity/" target="blank">The Life-Sized City on Instagram</a>.<br />Like <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lifesizedcity" target="blank">The Life-Sized City on Facebook</a>. </div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-65968458791021727552016-11-14T15:36:00.002+01:002016-11-14T15:36:45.849+01:00Massive Passenger Increase After Bikes Allowed Free on Trains<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2603964924/" title="Bikes Allowed"><img alt="Bikes Allowed" height="480" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/4/3150/2603964924_917911d03d_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />So what exactly happens when you're a major train operator and you suddenly make it free for passengers to take bikes on your trains? We know that some rail operators in various parts of the world would have you believe that chaos would ensue and that they would lose passengers. Numbers from Greater Copenhagen and Danish State Railways (DSB), however, seem to indicate that the opposite is true.<br /><br />The S-train network that serves Greater Copenhagen is arguably the most integral part of the public transport mix in the region. Buses, Metro and regional trains are vital parts of the network, but the red S-trains stretching out into Europe's third-largest urban sprawl are in many ways the backbone.<br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ezWD30XQBKU/WCnElEBhFjI/AAAAAAAALRY/LnqDgL4J4nExWEZxUSCG9_m-_SsC_ueYgCLcB/s1600/CPH_metro.svg.png"><img border="0" height="316" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ezWD30XQBKU/WCnElEBhFjI/AAAAAAAALRY/LnqDgL4J4nExWEZxUSCG9_m-_SsC_ueYgCLcB/s320/CPH_metro.svg.png" width="320" /></a><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">The S-train network - with 2 Metro lines at bottom right.</span></i><br /><br />Bicycles were allowed on the trains for a fee, which was never prohibitive. Until 2010, that is. In that year, DSB announced that bicycles would be made free on all their trains. They announced it with pride and in style <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/01/advertising-in-bicycle-culture.html">and launched a comprehensive awareness campaign with creative solutions</a>.<br /><br />DSB made the decision based simply on a business case model. They figured that more passengers - both commuters and users travelling in their free time - would take the train with their bikes if it were free. Six years later... how's THAT working out for them?<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30979812045/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen S-train Passenger Numbers"><img alt="Copenhagen S-train Passenger Numbers" height="402" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5800/30979812045_d3820abe7d_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />'Rather well' would be an understatement. The number of passengers taking a bike on board rose from 2.1 million to 9 million. A total, whoppping passenger increase of 20%. And it continues to rise.<br /><br />The loss of income from ditching the bicycle ticket has been paid off several times over with the increased passenger numbers. It is estimated that almost 10% of passengers now take a bike with them.<br /><br />Indeed, when asked in a survey, 91% of passengers were positive about the possibility to take bikes on the trains. 27% of the cyclists on board responded that they wouldn't have travelled by train if they couldn't take their bike with them. 8% even said that they travel more by train now that it is free.<br /><br />In May 2009, before it was free, 188,000 bikes were taken on the S-Train network. A year later, after it was free, 630,000 bikes were taken on board. And that continued to rise.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/22801280538/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen S-train capacity for bikes"><img alt="Copenhagen S-train capacity for bikes" height="472" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5628/22801280538_8ef47d315f_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />In order to meet the demand, DSB redesign the compartments on all their trains and created so-called Flex Zones with fold up seats and bike racks beneath each seat. They adjusted the seating on all trains, as seen in the graphic, above, and now every train has a capacity for 60 bicycles.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/552703852/" title="B+"><img alt="B+" height="480" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/2/1081/552703852_a87f862325_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The redesign also included a comprehensive reworking of pictograms and the implementation of a one-way system to ease conflicts when bikes are rolled on or off the train. The spacious bicycle compartments are located in the middle of the train set, since DSB research showed that the seating in the middle of the train was less popular with passengers.<br /><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/22801280458/in/dateposted-public/" title="Parking Capacity at Danish train stations"><img alt="Parking Capacity at Danish train stations" height="331" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5684/22801280458_0109b6e40c_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Providing more bicycle parking at stations, especially the main stations in the Capital Region, remains a challenge. Nationally, bike parking at train stations is at a high capacity and on this point, Denmark lags behind cities in the Netherlands. Although Dutch national rail operator NS prefers having customers travel without their bikes and therefore parking at stations is more of an issue for them.<br /><br />Nevertheless, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/04/7550-new-bike-parking-spots-at.html">Copenhagenize Design Co. has proposed 7550 bike parking spots behind Copenhagen Central Station with this design</a>.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/9667668781/" title="These bike pumps are pretty much standard at #Copenhagen train stations now"><img alt="These bike pumps are pretty much standard at #Copenhagen train stations now" height="612" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/3/2837/9667668781_2a8c62bcf1_z.jpg" width="612" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Continuing with their work to encourage bicycles on trains, DSB has toyed with the idea of putting bicycle pumps on board trains, but so far they have gone with bicycle foot pumps integrated with advertising facilities outside their stations.<br /><br />A pragmatic approach coupled with a cool, business decision has paid off for DSB. The bicycle should and must be integrated at every step of peoples daily lives if a city is to be truly bicycle-friendly.<br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-74609321813714038552016-11-07T15:51:00.000+01:002016-11-11T09:34:47.917+01:00The Bicycle Made for Cities<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4049611342/" title="new rapid ladys safety"><img alt="new rapid ladys safety" height="563" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/3/2590/4049611342_2bd92e9e1b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />If you lined up every bicycle ever built since the 1880s, the vast majority would look much like the one above. Easily 75%. It would probably be black, with three speeds, a chainguard and coaster brakes. Since the 1970s, bicycles designed for racing or touring or climbing hills have increased in popularity but when it comes to transport in cities and towns, nothing beats the upright bicycle. There are many reasons for why it became - by far - the most popular bicycle design in history. The simplest one is that it appeals to regular citizens and has been well-suited to urban life for over a century.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5394143730/in/photostream/" title="14 Below Zero - Double Tube Double Cool"><img alt="14 Below Zero - Double Tube Double Cool" height="426" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5178/5394143730_9786b18094_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />As the Danish author, Johannes Wulff, wrote in "Paa cykle" in 1930;<br /><i>"One sits on it either straight-backed, as though you're at a festive dinner party, or hunched foward, as though you just failed an exam. All according to the situation, your inclination or your inborn characteristics."</i><br /><br />For the purpose of this article, we're going to a festive dinner party. To explore, over cocktails, why upright bikes - the norm in mainstream bicycle cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen - should be promoted more for city living. They have been sadly neglected for many years by a rather singular focus on cycling for sports or recreation. Now, however, bicycles are back as transport and bikes for the 99% are an important aspect of growing cycling levels. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brent-toderian/upright-bike-vancouver_b_5831752.html" target="_blank">Brent Toderian and Chris Brunlett tackled this subject well in their recent joint article - In Praise of the Upright Bike</a>.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30532670460/in/dateposted-public/" title="Cyclist Posture"><img alt="Cyclist Posture" height="640" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5705/30532670460_375f38dede_z.jpg" width="501" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Sitting up straight, like your mother taught you, can easily apply to transport and has distinct safety benefits. In an upright position, your centre of gravity is in much the same spot as it is when you are walking. Homo sapiens have been around for about 200,000 years and prior to that, other upright-walking species spent around 2 million years evolving this all-important centre of gravity to near-perfection. Our centre of gravity is quite handy in helping us get around. It is something that we use every single day in almost every move we make. We're quite good at it. In fact, <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3021985/work-smart/the-science-of-posture-why-sitting-up-straight-makes-you-happier-and-more-product" target="_blank">science seems to indicate that sitting up straight is good for you</a>.<br /><br />A quick glance at the people on the bicycles in the montage, above, and you see that little distinguishes the cyclists from pedestrians. All the centres of gravity are pretty much the same. Remove the bicycles with questionable photoshop skills and very little changes, apart from oddly bent knees.<br /><br />Compare this to the riding position on, for example, racing bikes. The upper body is pitched forward, which causes the centre of gravity to shift. In this position the point is dangling in mid-air somewhere over the crossbar. Just think about braking sharply. Your body must battle to keep the weight of your upper body from chucking you forward, which is unnatural for homo sapiens. In an upright position, your body knows how to re-adjust itself for this sudden stopping motion, much like when you stop suddenly when walking or jogging.<br /><br />The racing position is great for people who... well... race or who like to go fast. Works perfectly for them, which is super. If you look at mainstream bicycle cities, the majority of people don't wish to adhere to this way of riding, prefering to merely use the bicycle as a quick and easy tool for getting around.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30833733215/in/dateposted-public/" title="Cyclist Posture"><img alt="Cyclist Posture" height="640" src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5531/30833733215_4d5493cb29_z.jpg" width="487" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Acceleration on upright bicycles is also much easier, simply because your centre of gravity remains, largely, the same. You just stand up and assume even more of a walking posture - or at least leaning forward as you would when running - pulling on the handlebars as opposed to pushing down on them. As the young woman illustrates.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30532667350/in/dateposted-public/" title="Cyclist Posture"><img alt="Cyclist Posture" height="640" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5480/30532667350_a276055a6b_z.jpg" width="411" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">Much the same physics applies to the simple but important task of keeping an eye on what's around you, including traffic. Walking down the street and turning your head to see if the bus is coming is not far removed from sitting upright on a bicycle and turning your head to perform a shoulder check. Your balance is stable.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><br style="background-color: black; color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px;" /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">Try sitting at a table and lean over it, as though you were on a racing bicycle. Then try to perform a shoulder check. Odds are you'll be mostly checking your shoulder, as opposed to the traffic. If you want to get a clearer view, you'll have to shift your centre of gravity to the side. Rather unnatural for humans, not to mention unstable. Sure, you could look under your arm, like racing cyclists do, but then you're removing your vision almost completely from what's ahead of you. Not advisable.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><br style="background-color: black; color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px;" /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">While you're at the table, leaning over, try looking straight ahead. Your neck is not in a comfortable position the way you have to keep it lifted up. This isn't a problem you'll have when you're sitting up straight.</span><br /><br />All of this is basic physics. A ten-year study of bicycle accidents featuring elderly cyclists in Sweden by Ulf Bj?rnstig at Ume? University resulted in him advocating step-through frames and lower seat heights. April Streeter over at Treehugger did a piece about this: <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/swedes-say-girl-bikes-safer.php" target="blank">Swedes Conclude: Girls' Bikes Safer</a><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><br style="background-color: black; color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px;" /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">Besides the safety aspects of the upright bicycle, the design encourages you to have a look around your city when you ride, instead of speeding off. You'll notice more on your daily ride and, indirectly, contribute to strengthening the weave in the urban fabric. An increased sense of community is not a bad added value.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><br style="background-color: black; color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px;" /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">Interesting, the rapid growth in sales of bicycles that feature "<a href="https://www.designcykler.dk/shop/mbk-easy-boarding-1148p.html" target="_blank">Easy Boarding", or a frame that makes it even easier to get on or off the bicycle</a>, is an indication that the upright bicycle is experiencing yet another renaissance. Originally designed for the elderly, these easy boarding models are quickly going mainstream, thanks to their ultra low frame.</span><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30717124282/in/dateposted-public/" title="Cyclists on Upright Bicycles"><img alt="Cyclists on Upright Bicycles" height="436" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5816/30717124282_a0583e6b01_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><br />When you do it right, your city's cyclists are indistinguishable from pedestrians. A little taller, perhaps, a little quicker as they pass, but that's about it. If we are to grow cycling in cities, we need infrastructure, of course. But we also need societal mirrors held up for citizens. Seeing only sub-cultures whizzing about and sticking out like a sore thumb in their "uniforms" <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/11/behaviour-is-tricky-subject-and-getting.html">does little to encourage regular citizens to choose a bike for transport</a>. Seeing people looking just like you, however, changes the perception of cycling in cities. It creates a springboard for people to leap elegantly into new transport habits. Habits that improve the quality of life in cities, keep people healthier and tighten the weave on the urban fabric.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-35496588669514869112016-11-06T13:59:00.000+01:002016-11-08T12:46:04.381+01:00The Car Empire Strikes Back - Complete Anthology<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">We've been compiling a list of examples of how the automobile industry, since the bicycle returned to the public consciousness around 2006-2007, have been striking back. Using their advertising millions to ridicule not just bikes but public transport. It is the surest sign that they feel threatened by the return of serious competition. So threatened that they actively spend money on tackling it.<br /><br />A few years ago we made a commercial - <a href="https://vimeo.com/62600551" target="_blank">If Car Commercials Were Based on Fact, Not Fiction</a>. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2013/07/what-if-car-commercials-reflected.html">Citroen did not like it at all and here's THAT fun story.</a><br /><br />Here is a long list of examples of The Car Empire Strikes Back - dating from 2009 here on the blog. We'll add new ones here as they appear. And they will.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">AUDI - NOVEMBER 2016</span></b><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30224604414/in/dateposted-public/" title="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen"><img alt="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen" height="349" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5478/30224604414_fa40ae9285_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Ah, Audi. You can always count on Audi to strike back. This time they aren't ridiculing bikes or public transport (scroll to the bottom of this article). This time they're squatting and they went to Copenhagen to do it. The irony escapes no one. In their photo shoot - or rather photoshop - for <a href="https://www.audi.de/de/brand/de/neuwagen/q2/q2.html#" target="_blank">something they call the Q2</a>, they happily parked their last century technology on public squares, skateparks and on sidewalks. In a city where 56% ride a bike each day and only 14% drive a car. You can't make this up. But you can ridicule it. And upgrade their logo while you're at it.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30224604664/in/dateposted-public/" title="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen"><img alt="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen" height="132" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5597/30224604664_723f25a0c0_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30224604644/in/dateposted-public/" title="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen"><img alt="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen" height="132" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5451/30224604644_66db403fea_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30224603994/in/dateposted-public/" title="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen"><img alt="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen" height="131" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5737/30224603994_670116af7b_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30224605114/in/dateposted-public/" title="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen"><img alt="Audi Q2 in Copenhagen" height="134" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5821/30224605114_988b4931c9_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Their copy is hilarious, too. "<i>Somehow cool, somehow stylish, somehow "hyggelig</i>", as the Danes say." Or this about the Superkilen square where they rudely engaged in arrogant and illegal parking:<br />"<i>The Superkilen district in Copenhagen North-west unites different cultural influences with a combination of architecture, design and landscaping. The Audi Q2, of course, is not one of the permanent installations, but it still works.</i>"<br /><br />Does it? DOES IT, work? You be the judge.<br /><br />Thanks to <a href="http://twokidsintown.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Johannes in Finland</a> for sending us the link.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">FORD - NOVEMBER 2016</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/188797543" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><br />Does he deserve the new Ford Mondeo? Oh yes. He does. He had to ride an elevator with a smelly, sub-cultural cyclist dude. So of course, he does.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vqNXGVLrKM8?list=PLEYyLhrfkQC1Nu-a_wmIJaD4VWj8AEE91" width="560"></iframe><br />Amusingly, here's the opposite side of the coin. A commercial from the Dutch TV and Film School. Smug motorists in an elevator. Announcement says first, "Attention, the blue Saab is being towed." Then followed by, "Attention, the yellow Lotus is rolling towards the Saab". Or something like that. Cue smug cyclist.<br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span> <b><span style="font-size: large;">VOLVO - MARCH 2015</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CfWzeGlaFvI" width="560"></iframe><br />The latest piece in our ongoing series&nbsp;writes itself. This time it's Volvo doing its best to draw your attention to the fact that motorists kill obscene amounts of people - including themselves - by placing the responsibility on cyclists and pedestrians. It's a smoke screen and this time it's sprayed on. It is <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/sacred-bull-in-societys-china-shop.html">Ignoring the Bull in Society's China Shop</a> taken to the next level.<br /><br />Volvo Life Paint. Seriously. Life paint. <br /><br />But hey... it's not for the 35,000+ people killed by or in cars in the EU alone by Volvo and their Big Auto homies (around the same in the US and 1.2 million worldwide - not to mention the tenfold more killed by pollution from cars and trucks or the hundreds and hundreds of thousands more injured...). <br /><br />And no, it's not <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/helmets%20for%20motorists">rational ideas like helmets for motorists</a> or making motorists responsible by <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/03/airbags-instead-of-bike-helmets.html">forcing them to have external airbags</a>.<br /><br />It's spray on paint.<br /><br />No, not for cars, even though <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7845366/Black-cars-more-likely-to-be-involved-in-crashes.html" target="blank">black cars are most likely to be involved in collisions</a>. No, it's not rational stuff like reflective paint on cars or <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/07/driving-kills-health-warnings.html">health warning legislation on all automobiles</a>.<br /><br />It's for you on foot or on a bicycle because you are an irritation to motorists. You are a squishy bug ruining their paint job. You are a threat to their mobility dominance. You must be ridiculed with calls for reflective vests/clothing and <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/02/top-ten-ways-to-hate-on-pedestrians.html">a variety of ways to hate on pedestrians</a>. Now you have the gift of Big Auto paint to spray on your irritating person.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.volvocarslifepaint.com/" target="blank">http://www.volvocarslifepaint.com/</a><br /><br />I don't think we realise how slippery a slope it is we are on as a society when morons like this produce crap like this and actually get taken seriously.<br /><br />Fortunately, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/03/make-life-shine-yes-you-volvo.html">we have a better idea for Volvo. Make Life Shine.</a><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">SMART - SEPTEMBER 2014</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SB_0vRnkeOk" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />Yep. All this growing momemtum for liveable cities and civilised streets after almost a century of destructive, car-centric traffic engineering is really starting to irritate Big Auto. Smart is no exception. In an almost laughable direct extention of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">the automobile industry's invention of the concept of jaywalking (as highlighted in this TED talk</a>), Smart decided to use "fun" and "gameification" in order to keep the sheep that are pedestrians down. Under the thumb. Under control. In the name, of course, of their kind of safety. They call it:<br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yhfr2Fmbqpw/VCBt00Td4WI/AAAAAAAAI6Q/LhmIMlcLt78/s1600/Fullscreen%2Bcapture%2B22092014%2B203922.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yhfr2Fmbqpw/VCBt00Td4WI/AAAAAAAAI6Q/LhmIMlcLt78/s640/Fullscreen%2Bcapture%2B22092014%2B203922.bmp.jpg" /></a><br /><br />They are really grasping at straws, Big Auto. This generation is abandoning the automobile and so here comes the spin... new, smart generation... for loving the city. Those of us who love cities rarely have a love of the automobile. We're tired of death, injury, destruction. The new smart generation can see through Big Auto's attempts to spin things their way once again. "To hook them back to the car" <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/08/personal-emotional-mobility.html">as this former head designer at BMW actually told the crowd during his keynote</a>.<br /><br />So, funny dancing crossing lights to keep pedestrians "safe". Give me a break. 30 km/h zones like in over 120 European cities keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. Traffic calming does, too. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/airbag">External airbags on cars - placing the responsability on the potential murderers</a>, too. Reducing the number of cars in cities is a no-brainer for the new, smart generation. Eliminating car ownership in cities altogether <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jul/10/helsinki-shared-public-transport-plan-car-ownership-pointless" target="_blank">is actually a thing</a>.<br /><br />We who are new, smart and of this generation don't buy this blatant <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/sacred-bull-in-societys-china-shop.html">ignoring the bull</a>. The paradigm is shifting. We are rejecting the car-centric streets that we inherited from the past century. Let the pedestrians dance wherever the hell they like in <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2013/07/lulu-and-life-sized-city.html">the Life-Sized City</a>. It's the future of cities. It's back to the future, too. Seven thousand years of liveable cities will NOT be ruined by 90 odd years of deadly mistakes by traffic engineers and Big Auto, who have more deaths on their conscience that most dictators. The liveable city is rising once again, carried on the shoulders of a new, smart generation.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>NISSAN - FEBRUARY 2014</b></span><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ggR_kEvz-ME" width="560"></iframe><br />Car companies are now intent on ridiculing other transport forms or lathering themselves up in a greenwashing frenzy.<br /><br />It's usually a roll-your-eyes, comical experience. Nissan Denmark, however, have outdone themselves. They're banging the drums for their new Qashqai model here in Denmark. It started last year on September 4, 2013 when Nissan hosted a "café" in the centre of Copenhagen, letting people take the Qashqai for a test drive. In the middle of the day. In the City of Cyclists and near our many pedestrian streets and a main metro station.<br /><br />Kieran Toms, who is interning with Copenhagenize Design Co. at the moment, reported from the front lines. He popped into the "café" with a friend. Kieran, being a modern young man from the UK, doesn't have a driving licence, but his friend took Nissan up on the offer of a test drive. The Nissanite who accompained him extoled the virtues of the car and especially the acceleration. Unfortuntely, they were paralysed in traffic - while hundreds and hundreds of bicycle users rolled part, oblivious to the wonders of last century mobility. Acceleration consisted of crawling ten metres at a time down the streets. Involuntary humour from Nissan.<br /><br />Now Nissan are ramping up their campaign for their car. The film, above, starts with the classic car industry shot of a car alone on a road - like THAT ever happens in a city. The text fades in declaring the Qashqui to be The Ultimate Urban Experience. Which, in reality in Copenhagen, is staring out the window at the rear end of some other car whilst citizens ride bicycles or walk past you.<br /><br />Then they declare they're "Unlocking Copenhagen" for a weekend in March and they've enlisted a minor Danish celebrity Mads Christensen (self-proclaimed biggest braggart in Denmark). He tells us that he'll be the keymaster for unlocking the city, driving around in a Qashqai and challenging the city. Something about all your questions will be answered as they "zig-zag" around the city in March. Totally vague. <br /><br />The film features clips of Copenhagen, including loads of people riding their bicycles, unaffected by Nissan's marketing prowess. Yeah. Whatever. Remember to wave or ring your bell at Nissan and the Braggart when you see them stuck in traffic on the weekend of March 6-8, 2014. Compared to the other examples of Car Industry Strikes Back, this one is hilarious and rather lame.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">MERCEDES - MAY 2013</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LuOvcQjE0xg" width="560"></iframe><br />Another day, another installment in <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/car%20industry%20strikes%20back">our Car Industry Strikes Back series</a> wherein the automobile industry, in their own quirky way, do what they can to ridicule the competition, be it bicycles or public transport.<br /><br />This Mercedes commercial is - by car industry standards - just plain goofy. Let it be a sign that they're slipping up and getting a bit desperate. Two pro drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, are cast in the roles of pro drivers who will never have careers as actors. The payoff at the end is classic Car Empire Strikes Back.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">SMART - MAY 2013</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WhlCqoZlXFo" width="560"></iframe><br />Another fine example wherein we observe the desperate tactics of the car industry as they try to respond to rising cycling levels and public transport in their vain attempt to keep their dominant market share in this age of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/07/demotorization-as-lifestyle-choice.html">de-motorization</a>.<br /><br />This time it's Smart going for gold in this Portuguese commercial. Presenting us with worst-case scenarios from public transport and then having a young, hip-looking-ish man looking out the window at a Smart car rolling past - on an empty street at night. No traffic jams, nothing. Always amusing to see how car commercials try to get around showing traffic.<br /><br />The tagline is SmartforTwo Public Transport. So now they're muscling in on the phrase Public Transport.<br /><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b> <b><span style="font-size: large;">AUDI - DECEMBER 2012</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QzXqB3IBCRs" width="560"></iframe><br />Ahh. That most desperate of car brands, Audi. I think they are the car brand we've featured most in this series. They're at it again, this time in Finland.<br /><br />It ends with the money shot, of course. The car in question flying along a road without any traffic. Free as a bird and at extremely high speeds. Everything preceeding the money shot is shots of poor bastards who don't have an Audi.<br /><br />Including freezing public transport users at a bus stop (the leggy girl is clearly disenchanted with the guy for not having an Audi) and a man riding a thin-tired bicycle down a frozen road. Regarding the latter.... come on... the Finns know and they're not complete strangers to the bicycle. Any rural Finn worth their salt wouldn't ride THAT kind of bicycle in THAT kind of weather. This is the country that has <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/12/winter-cycling-in-umea-sweden.html" target="_blank">the city of Oulu</a>, for god's sake. Sure, it's not <a href="http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/bbc-doc-portrays-dvd-stunt-cycling-footage-as-standard-behaviour/014036" target="_blank">manipulation on the scale of BBC's War on Britain's Roads</a>, but it's still bending the truth to serve an agenda.<br /><br />A reader in Helsinki, Alexander, was kind enough to send us the head's up about this commercial, as well as to translate the titles:<br />"Talvi tulee taas" = Winter is coming again<br />"?l? taistele vastaan" = "Don't fight against [it]"<br />"Suomi. quattron koti" = "Finland. [the] quattro's home"<br /><br />He also checked Shazam and found that the song used is "Prettiest World" by Daniel Nordgren. Prettiest world indeed. A world where walking is difficult, riding a bicycle is difficult, public transport is difficult and the only way to get around is in an Audi Quattro.<br /><br />Desperate times for Audi. They're striking back.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">LEXUS - DECEMBER 2012</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mgeBjIysnA0" width="560"></iframe><br />Next up is Lexus. We've all heard that those pesky youngsters are driving less all around the western world. The demotorization of society is well under way. We know WHY they're not bothering to get driving licences. Damned social media. They can be sociable online instead of having to drive to the mall to hang out and suck on 40 gallon Cokes.<br /><br />The car industry knows this all too well, too. So Lexus went for it. They want this to be a December to remember.<br /><br /><i>This December, remember: you can stay in and "Share" something or you can get out there with your friends and actually share something. This is the pursuit of perfection.&nbsp;</i><br /><br />Buy the Lexus and you'll get a leggy girl begging to be with you. You'll experience traffic-free streets in major urban centres. You won't have to "share" those streets with ANYONE. Lexus is striking back. And, like so many of these commercials, it seems desperate.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">CHEVY &amp; DISNEY - NOVEMBER 2012</span></b><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7oRobshgVOU/UKOCNgYQiBI/AAAAAAAAHWg/rkPuV34rkwY/s1600/chevy-disney-test-track-005.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7oRobshgVOU/UKOCNgYQiBI/AAAAAAAAHWg/rkPuV34rkwY/s640/chevy-disney-test-track-005.jpg" width="640" /></a><br />It's not going so good for Big Auto. Those pesky kids aren't bothering getting driving licences anymore. The Demotoriszation of society is in full swing. What to do... what to do... they gotta hook those kids - and everyone else - back to the car - <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/08/personal-emotional-mobility.html">as former BMW designer Chris Bangle said - while keeping a straight face in Melbourne</a>. But how to strike back? How to sell some PEM? (Personal Emotional Mobility)?<br /><br />Ah! Disneyworld! There's the ticket! We'll call it Test Track!<br /><br /><i>Get revved up for the exciting, re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet—the exhilarating driving experience, now designed by YOU! You'll feel like you're part of the Chevrolet design studio as you create your own virtual custom-concept vehicle. Then, put your design through its paces (at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour) on the exciting hills, hairpin turns and straightaways of the Test Track circuit.<br /><br />And that's just the beginning of your adventure! After your "test drive" is over, you can:<br /><br />- See how well your car performed and then race it over changing terrains and extreme conditions on a digital driving table<br />- Produce and share a TV commercial starring your "dream ride"<br />- Explore a Chevrolet showroom, complete with shiny new cars on display<br /><br />You won't want to miss this interactive experience when it reopens in December 2012!</i><br /><br /><i><a href="http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/attractions/test-track/" target="_blank">Check out the website</a>! </i><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2PeGAR-Sjs/UKOCKfMSY-I/AAAAAAAAHV8/ju-C008LP2s/s1600/chevy-disney-test-track-001.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="440" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2PeGAR-Sjs/UKOCKfMSY-I/AAAAAAAAHV8/ju-C008LP2s/s640/chevy-disney-test-track-001.jpg" width="640" /></a><br />Another, desperate last-ditch attempt to try and thwart the declining brand that is automobile culture? It's an expensive investment, but money is still around at Big Auto apparently. <br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1c4l4mGTdVQ/UKOCLs_mwpI/AAAAAAAAHWI/g38ztE2h2IU/s1600/chevy-disney-test-track-003.jpeg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1c4l4mGTdVQ/UKOCLs_mwpI/AAAAAAAAHWI/g38ztE2h2IU/s320/chevy-disney-test-track-003.jpeg" width="320" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nrYdSPR8fmo/UKOCMgQB8tI/AAAAAAAAHWU/-5RViCxg-V0/s1600/chevy-disney-test-track-004.jpeg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nrYdSPR8fmo/UKOCMgQB8tI/AAAAAAAAHWU/-5RViCxg-V0/s320/chevy-disney-test-track-004.jpeg" width="181" /></a><br />Good luck with <i>this</i>.<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>SIXT CAR RENTAL - JUNE 2012</b></span><br /><img border="0" height="456" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2PhD8CWybNA/T9jqEhMgIiI/AAAAAAAAGvY/nQ0QMdzlrgw/s640/Sixt.jpg" width="640" /><br />Having just returned from working in <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/03/sao-paulos-bicycle-schools-escolas-de.html">Brazil</a> and <a href="http://www.futurebuilt.no/?nid=233684&amp;lcid=1044" target="blank">Norway</a>, this was a fun addition to my inbox. It's from the <a href="http://www.sixt.com/" target="blank">German global car rental company, Sixt</a>. They cut refreshingly to the chase with their text, making it easier for us:<br /><br />"<i>To all those pioneers, idealists, eco-heroes and saviors of the world: You don't have to ride bicycles anymore</i>".<br /><br />Yes, they just wrote that. In all seriousness. In 2012.<br /><br />So, now a car rental company is feeling the pressure from the rising levels of bicycle traffic. Perhaps this is a response to the recent, German <a href="http://www.nationaler-radverkehrsplan.de/nrvp2020/" target="blank">Nationaler Radverksplan 2020</a>, which aims boldly at doubling bicycle traffic in German cities.<br /><br />As ever, it is a sure sign that the bicycle is back, here to stay and making the transport competition run scared.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">BMW - MAY 2012</span></b><br /><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kRMnJ-8uQ6E/T7tobx75xjI/AAAAAAAAGpU/EqoHMi21l_s/s640/bmw+strikes+back.jpg" width="480" /><br />BMW is at it again.&nbsp;Sporty cyclists featured in the background. The text "Grace vs Pace" is prominent. But which is which? Does the car have pace and the cyclists grace? Or vice versa? We're not sure.<br /><br />But the point is clear. Joy wins. The joy of driving a BMW far exceeds riding a bicycle. And now their calling it Efficient Dynamics. Less emissions. More driving pleasure. Greenwashing supreme.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">FORD - MAY 2012</span></b><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZFSuQVYIFEs/T6lS5vvYqZI/AAAAAAAAGks/8vhQ4VFaEfA/s1600/Ford%2BPoland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="356" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZFSuQVYIFEs/T6lS5vvYqZI/AAAAAAAAGks/8vhQ4VFaEfA/s640/Ford%2BPoland.jpg" width="640" /></a><br />Our reader, Krzysztof in Gdansk, Poland, spotted this advert for <a href="http://www.ford.pl/" target="_blank">Ford Poland</a> in the <a href="http://wyborcza.pl/" target="blank">Gazeta Wyborcza</a> newspaper. You're going to love this desperate attempt by Ford to sell some vans.<br /><br />The main text at the top left reads, "<i>Ford Transit - a machine for saving money</i>"<br /><br />Then, below, Ford tries to alter reality by writing; "<i>Delivery bicycles do not exist. You don't need to switch to riding a bike to save money</i>."<br /><br />Yes. They just wrote that. <b>Delivery Bicycles Don't Exist</b>. In all seriousness. And then they paid to have it published in a newspaper. If Poland has an advertising standards commission, someone should let them about this advert. Lying, as far as I'm aware, isn't allowed in advertising.<br /><br />The text continues with optimistic texts about how you can "Save on buying", "save on petrol", "save on service", etc. "<i>The usual blah blah blah you'd expect from a commercial</i>", as Krzysztof put it in his email to us.<br /><br />He continues, "<i><a href="http://draft.blogger.com/goog_1880945231">Now I know commercials go a far way to bend facts and I know delivery bikes are not popular in Poland (in fact I've seen just 1 or 2 in</a></i><br /><i>Gdańsk so far) but come on... I felt like someone was lying while looking me straight in the eyes. This ad is something I just couldn't pass by.</i>"<br /><br />When you live in Copenhagen, with 40,000 cargo bikes and you are involved with <a href="http://cyclelogistics.eu/" target="_blank">the Cyclelogistics project to promote cargo bike use in European cities</a>, this advert is so stupid it's amusing. As ever with this Car Industry Strikes Back series, we can see that they're worried. That they see the bicycle as serious competition. And well they should. It's last century versus this century and we're winning it.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2489307438/" title="Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3179/2489307438_84c130c670_z.jpg" height="481" width="640" /></a><br />Cargo bike delivery in Paris.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6634211265/" title="Vintage Russian Cargo Bike - Home Flower Delivery by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Vintage Russian Cargo Bike - Home Flower Delivery" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7162/6634211265_1202287212_z.jpg" height="366" width="604" /></a><br />Vintage Russian cargo bike delivering flowers.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6846011341/" title="Montreal Cargo Bike Delivery_2 by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Montreal Cargo Bike Delivery_2" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6846011341_59e760770b_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2810479717/" title="Cargo by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cargo" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3151/2810479717_be727c2e8d_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2753204008/" title="Postal Service by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Postal Service" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3008/2753204008_d5df822527_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5955735272/" title="Rio Cargo Bike Culture_5 by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Rio Cargo Bike Culture_5" src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6003/5955735272_d3273436a7_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5955747730/" title="Rio Cargo Bike Culture_1 by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Rio Cargo Bike Culture_1" src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6010/5955747730_616ebccb7e_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a><br />Left to right: Supermarket delivery bike in Montreal.<br />Citizen Cyclist in Copenhagen carrying stuff.<br />Royal Danish post.<br />Rio de Janeiro and Rio, again. Two of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/10/cargo-bike-capital-rio-de-janeiro.html" target="_blank">11,000 cargo bike deliveries in that city</a>.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2538825065/" title="Flea Market Transport by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Flea Market Transport" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2083/2538825065_f368afc43f_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2679539144/" title="Fruit Bike by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Fruit Bike" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3169/2679539144_6e280c00b4_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2282105962/" title="Ice Bikes by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Ice Bikes" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2186/2282105962_85bb19b815_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2767442977/" title="Espressomanden by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Espressomanden" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3189/2767442977_355902d74f_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3547471519/" title="Cargo Bike by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cargo Bike" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3344/3547471519_a61c619b49_t.jpg" height="56" width="100" /></a><br />Left to right: Copenhagener moving stuff to a flea market.<br />The Fruit Bike, Copenhagen.<br />Ice Cream Bikes at Copenhagen Zoo.<br />The Coffee Bike by Espressomanden, Copenhagen.<br />Cargo bike in Amsterdam.<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2679541086/" title="Newspaper Bike by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Newspaper Bike" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3091/2679541086_e9bd892fe5_t.jpg" height="75" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6856777568/" title="Sao Paulo Cargo Bikes (2) by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Sao Paulo Cargo Bikes (2)" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/6856777568_08bf50789a_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5880469254/" title="Cyclelogistics KOM 012 by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cyclelogistics KOM 012" src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6030/5880469254_30ff8cc5d6_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3691249508/" title="The Sushi Bicycle Vendor by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="The Sushi Bicycle Vendor" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2507/3691249508_d02e5c8ae7_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4677773129/" title="The Bikeman by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="The Bikeman" src="http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1287/4677773129_ba6855d85e_t.jpg" height="67" width="100" /></a><br />Left to right: Newspaper bike, Copenhagen.<br />Cargo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.<br />Crêpes bike, Copenhagen.<br />Sushi bike, Copenhagen.<br />Bike repair bike, Copenhagen.<br /><br />And so on, and so on. The <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/sets/72157603273698845/" target="_blank">Cargo Bike Culture photo set kind of thumbs its nose in the general direction of Ford</a>.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">VOLKSWAGON - DECEMBER 2011</span></b><br /><a href="http://classiccopenhagen.blogspot.com/" target="blank"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xD-AHtL1uQo/Tv49cAZylFI/AAAAAAAAGEY/wuY1NI2opHc/s1600/beetle.jpg" /></a><br /><a href="http://classiccopenhagen.blogspot.com/" target="blank">Sandra from the always brilliant Classic Copenhagen blog</a> spotted this here in Copenhagen. An installation commercial for the new Volkswagon Beetle. It translates as:<br /><br />"Experience the wild animal" - or beast, perhaps - "on <a href="http://thebeetle.dk/" target="blank">TheBeetle.dk</a>".<br /><br />As street ads go, I've seen better. And while this doesn't exactly fit into our Car Empire Strikes Back series, the 20-something creatives who thought this up and patted each other on the back afterwards have inadvertantly given us an image of our urban future. <br /><br />Isn't this exactly what we're working towards? How we should finally - <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/02/anti-automobile-age-and-what-we-can.html">for the first time since the 1920's</a> - stop <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/sacred-bull-in-societys-china-shop.html">ignoring the bull in society's china shop</a>? Restricting the bull. Caging it. Taming it. Keeping it from killing, injuring and polluting. This campaign is anti-car without even meaning to be. Hilarious.<br /><br />I'm happy to experience the beast on their (really quite cool) website. As long as they stay off our streets. And, for what it's worth, off our cycle tracks... that wide ass flatbed is sticking out over the track.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">SKODA - DECEMBER 2011</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kxSYpFM3Ots" width="560"></iframe><br />Thanks to Cian for the link to yet another addition to our series, this time from Skoda. Short and sweet, it features two kids who are executing a rather badly-planned escape. <br /><br />"We need more space, Billy", says the girl when Billy drops the suitcase.<br />"I need more time, too", says Billy, after longingly glancing at the Skoda.<br /><br />Escape aborted due to indequate planning. Bicycles are for kids. Bicycles are impractical for carrying things. Message sent.<br /><br />Um... Why don't they have backpacks? Why doesn't Billy use the rope in his bag to tie some of the gear onto the bicycle? Why isn't the girl helping carry stuff? Why doesn't the girl have a bicycle - what kind of family does SHE come from, for god's sake?<br /><br />It's an advertising bureau who had to come up with a film to match the Great Escape slogan and they were having a rough day at the brainstorm. Weak dramaturgy. <br /><br />If they have two bikes they would be long gone and wouldn't get stuck in traffic. Haven't these kids ever seen ET?!<br /><br />Maybe this is a societal warning. Maybe the ad men are sending secret messages. Maybe they're our allies and are telling us that our children spend so much time in front of the television and computer that they have haven't been allowed to develop basic skills through play that would prepare them for Great Escapes. They've grown up in Bubble Wrap society of bike helmets, <a href="http://www.thudguard.com/" target="blank">Thudguard "safety hats"</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthsong.com/Buddy-Bumper-Ball_p406217.html" target="blank">Buddy Bumper Balls</a> and are hopeless at preparing even a simple run away from home. They've grown up with the automobile dominating their every movement and have not developed the imagination that would allow them to think differently.<br /><br />My kid could figure out how to get all that stuff on his bike. His girlfriend would have her own bike and they would be able to coordinate an effective escape. Hopefully they won't feel the need to.<br /><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">CHEVROLET COLOMBIA - DECEMBER 2011</span></b><br /><img border="0" height="314" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-czsCF7MnOSc/TuXYVXfGB4I/AAAAAAAAGBs/Fl9VCzQwYEQ/s400/chevrolet.jpg" width="400" /><br />On today's programme, we'll be travelling to Colombia, where Chevrolet desperately tries to reverse the <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/07/demotorization-as-lifestyle-choice.html">tide of demotorisation</a> and the rise of the bicycle.<br /><br />If the 'oh so green' colour of the above graphics isn't cheesy enough, the text is:<br /><br /><b>"At the moment I ride a bicycle but with ChevyPlan I can now afford a car"</b><br /><br />While Bogota's fame as a bicycle city from the early 90's is waning (police confiscating bicycles from cyclists who don't wear helmets, etc), the city is still more bicycle-friendly than many other places. A new bike share system has brought the bicycle back to the surface and this is how Chevrolet saw fit to react.<br /><br />Offering citizens to bury themselves in debt, contribute to making the streets unsafe and adding to the emissions levels in Columbian cities. What a deal!<br /><br />Here's <a href="http://www.chevyplan.com.co/" target="_blank">the site for ChevyPlan Colombia</a>. Be warned, ridiculous singing will blare out of your speakers. If you fancy letting them know that they're silly, here's a link to a contact form:<a href="http://www.chevyplan.com.co/Chevyplan/Chevyplan/paginas/documento.aspx?idr=1474" target="_blank"> http://www.chevyplan.com.co/Chevyplan/Chevyplan/paginas/documento.aspx?idr=1474</a><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">TOYOTA - NOVEMBER 2011</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sZv-JeIkvJs?list=PLYv6bLnJgPbUUgprildQGk611cUr2Jcee" width="560"></iframe><br />Here's the latest installment, this time from the land of the rising fun. Nippon. <br /><br />Toyota, like the rest of the car industry, is worried about the increasingly negative perception of the automobile. After decades of transport dominance, the car industry is under threat, not least by bicycles as transport, but also public transport.<br /><br />How to tackle it? Famous person. Ridicule. A slogan or two. A series of high-end commercials based on a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doraemon_characters" target="blank">much loved Japanese anime series</a>.<br /><br />Cue hapless (car-less) geeky guy on an outing with his girlfriend, using public transport. Enter cool guy with a Toyota who drives off with the girl. Geeky guy subservient in front of famous person character (Jean Reno as Doraemon) begging for four wheels.<br /><br />TOYOTA. REBORN. <br />FUN TO DRIVE, AGAIN.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">ZIPCAR - OCTOBER 2011</span></b><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EMzGqm0W-sA/TpaYCTfpjOI/AAAAAAAAFzY/-pLWLNVK6z8/s1600/zipcar%2B%25283%2529.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="347" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EMzGqm0W-sA/TpaYCTfpjOI/AAAAAAAAFzY/-pLWLNVK6z8/s640/zipcar%2B%25283%2529.bmp.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />There is<a href="http://www.zipcar.com/" target="blank"> a car share company in the States called Zipcar</a>. Car sharing is good. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2008/07/copenhagen-car-sharing.html">I use a car share programme here in Copenhagen</a> - okay... only about 2 times a year, but hey. It's there when I need it. Once again, it's interesting to note and track the rising resistance of the car industry and related auto-centric industries to the rise of the bicycle in our cities. It comes as a bit of a surprise that Zipcar would go after bicycle culture in a campaign, but here they are, doing it. <a href="http://twitter.com/zipcar">Zipcar is, of course, on Twitter</a>, if anyone is interested.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jym/6224567143/" title="20110909 zipcar-5door by Jym Dyer, on Flickr"><img alt="20110909 zipcar-5door" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6098/6224567143_0228fd55c1_m.jpg" height="120" width="240" /></a><br />It was <a href="http://twitter.com/jymdyer" target="blank">Jym Dyer on Twitter</a> who pointed us in the direction of Zipcar's "Sometimes you just need a Zipcar" campaign, pictured above in situ, from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jym/6224567143/in/photostream/" target="blank">his photostream on Flickr</a>. As he puts it:<br /><br /><i>"These people apparently live in a world where bike messengers don't exist, so nobody has figured out how to carry papers on a bicycle. Apparently baskets, racks, xtracycles, worktrikes, and bike trailers don't exist either, because you have to carry architectural models on your handlebars. The only alternative, apparently, is a 5-door car. Architects who can't envision carfree spaces are a big part of the problem.</i><br /><br />Indeed. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150306536589589&amp;set=a.106966659588.89622.60820264588" target="blank">The campaign also has a Facebook page where you can add your own dialogue to the photo</a>. I suggest everyone get in there and turn back the automobile tide with their wit. Because there are a whole lot of misconceptions in there.<br /><br />Jym also pointed out that the architectural model the woman is holding - besides being butt ugly - has an entire ground floor dedicated to car parking. Sooooo last century.<br /><br />So. How would these well-dressed - and shockingly visionless - architects get to their meeting? Zipcar obviously can't envision how the bicycle has been used for over a century in our cities. Let's help them out, shall we?<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2609887613/" title="Send lawyers, bikes and money by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Send lawyers, bikes and money" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3062/2609887613_3f072c7d08_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5750050798/" title="Doghouse by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Doghouse" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3539/5750050798_4fc67c2087_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /></a><br />At left: Two lawyers outside the Copenhagen City Courts, carrying all manner of legal documents on their bicycles.<br />At right: A decent front rack - with or without a box - could make it simpler to transport the architectural model - and other things.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4457711995/" title="Picking Up The Kid by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Picking Up The Kid" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4457711995_d49535e1d7_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4595036178/" title="Dad and Son by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Dad and Son" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3307/4595036178_31647598bc_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a><br />Front racks come in a variety of sizes - I even use it for transporting my kids' bikes from time to time. And everything else under the sun.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6045387738/" title="Cargo Bike Action by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cargo Bike Action" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6083/6045387738_044326c350_m.jpg" height="240" width="181" /></a><br />Here's an average load for me and the kids. Two plants, two metal cupboards, a doll and a bunch of other stuff on the <a href="http://larryvsharry.com/" target="blank">Bullitt</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2546974379/" title="Bike Messenger by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Bike Messenger" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2546974379_3fdde5c2b0_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2489307438/" title="Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3179/2489307438_84c130c670_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <br />Like Jym said, what about bicycle messengers? Either a traditional cargo bike or a larger version,<a href="http://www.lapetitereine.com/fr/index.php" target="blank"> like La Petite Reine in Paris</a> (pictured), or a variety of other versions.<br /><br />Zipcar isn't just playing the anti-cycling card. They're slapping a whole bunch misconceptions out there.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtxXXFuPv1I/TpaYCq2ls6I/AAAAAAAAFzg/wKbUmu1qloY/s1600/zipcar%2B%25284%2529.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="345" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtxXXFuPv1I/TpaYCq2ls6I/AAAAAAAAFzg/wKbUmu1qloY/s640/zipcar%2B%25284%2529.bmp.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Oh puhlease. Zipcar's advertising people really should get out more often. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2884797594/" title="Red Light People by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Red Light People" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3030/2884797594_6c084b1072_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5749542129/" title="Green Thing by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Green Thing" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2503/5749542129_47bffee9ce_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /><br /></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3097969574/" title="Christmas Shopping by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Christmas Shopping" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3105/3097969574_bb30125aa1_m.jpg" height="240" width="180" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2629227106/" title="Groceries by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Groceries" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3029/2629227106_7db00a8ec1_m.jpg" height="240" width="180" /></a><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/1566488905/" title="The Daily Haul by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="The Daily Haul" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2024/1566488905_553c82c05d_m.jpg" height="171" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5286606234/" title="Snowstorm Christmas Shopping by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Snowstorm Christmas Shopping" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5210/5286606234_f783c6e8a0_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /></a><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4795834167/" title="Cargo Shopping by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cargo Shopping" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4795834167_3e4abaf0d1_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2898378942/" title="Cycling Shopaholic by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cycling Shopaholic" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2898378942_47da5fb761_m.jpg" height="192" width="240" /></a><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3822745185/" title="Carry on in Copenhagen by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Carry on in Copenhagen" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2422/3822745185_0194045bff_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4316217415/" title="Winter Carrying by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Winter Carrying" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2740/4316217415_166f063323_m.jpg" height="160" width="240" /></a><br />Too easy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ngzgI2CTR8/TpaYCzDwd-I/AAAAAAAAFzw/-Z2paJQn1B8/s1600/zipcar%2B%25285%2529.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="344" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ngzgI2CTR8/TpaYCzDwd-I/AAAAAAAAFzw/-Z2paJQn1B8/s640/zipcar%2B%25285%2529.bmp.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Thankfully I've never experienced this cliché but the last two times I've moved flats, I did it on cargo bikes:<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5595613061/" title="Load 5 Me by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Load 5 Me" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5595613061_84806c4307_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5596200474/" title="Load 4 Me by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Load 4 Me" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5596200474_085c117bce_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a><br />And you may remember <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/07/moving-house-by-bicycle-in-barcelona.html">this film of our friends moving flat in Barcelona by bicycle</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MqkYv-SGXRw/TpaYDBWlRpI/AAAAAAAAFz8/e0YzpCKEzHs/s1600/zipcar%2B%25281%2529.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="348" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MqkYv-SGXRw/TpaYDBWlRpI/AAAAAAAAFz8/e0YzpCKEzHs/s640/zipcar%2B%25281%2529.bmp.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Transporting musical instruments by bicycle?<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3629574919/" title="Musical Transport by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Musical Transport" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/3629574919_05e92c016b_m.jpg" height="140" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3522600625/" title="Bike Battle by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Bike Battle" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3638/3522600625_19181ea073_m.jpg" height="140" width="240" /></a><br />At left: A musician arriving at a café in Copenhagen for a gig. A couple of those Christiania bikes and those boys need not take the bus. <br />At right: A musician setting up to play on a square in Copenhagen with his cargo bike as transport.<br />Here's a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/sets/72157627758769149/" target="blank">Copenhagenize Flickr set about music, musical instruments and bicycles</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cAtjd-r--fk/TpaYDdany3I/AAAAAAAAF0E/l1vVHAD_0T4/s1600/zipcar%2B%25282%2529.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="348" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cAtjd-r--fk/TpaYDdany3I/AAAAAAAAF0E/l1vVHAD_0T4/s640/zipcar%2B%25282%2529.bmp.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Okay, this one is, in a way, one of those things that's not like the others. To get to the lake/stream, you may want something more than a bicycle depending where it is. But why wouldn't that canoe fit on the subway? They could just stand up, pressing it against the ceiling. If they DID want to transport it by bike, it wouldn't be THAT difficult.<br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2126236359/" title="Juletree - Copenhagen Yule by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Juletree - Copenhagen Yule" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2026/2126236359_1600669873_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorow/1360130714/" title="Sofa-moving bike, Beijing, China.JPG by gruntzooki, on Flickr"><img alt="Sofa-moving bike, Beijing, China.JPG" src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1388/1360130714_e66595f3b0_m.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></a><br />That yule tree is not that much shorter than the canoe and that sofa is certainly less handy - and heavier.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3051274340/" title="Bike Culture Taxi by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Bike Culture Taxi" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/3051274340_fc46cec476_z.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a><br />Now here's a question. Do Zipcars come with detachable bike racks as standard? Nah. Didn't think so. Every taxi in Denmark must be equipped with two bike racks. If you need a taxi and have a bicycle to transport, the driver gets out and takes out the rack from the trunk, sticking it into the standard holder on the back of the taxi. Wouldn't THAT be a good idea for Zipcar and other car share programmes?<br /><br />How about just be a little bit forward-thinking and selling car share WITH bicycles? We blogged about a <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/06/bicycles-and-car-share-in-dublin.html">great little film from Dublin that promotes combining the two. The bike share programme Go Car teamed up with Bear Bicycles</a>.<br /><br />By the way, I've heard that Paris is getting a large-scale Zipcar-ish car share programme with electric cars. Don't Zipcars still run on oil? Sheesh. Isn't it 2011, or what?<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">GENERAL MOTORS - OCTOBER 2011</span></b><br /><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FQaZmVDu0zE/TpU91aAqjTI/AAAAAAAAFww/aQMebanQCnM/s1600/gm_ad.JPG" /><br /><br />Addendum: Later in the day this post was written. After a bit of a Twitter storm, <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/10/gm-pulls-advertisment-that-offended-cyclists-.html" target="blank">The Los Angeles Times reports that General Motors is withdrawing the bicycle portion of their campaign</a>. Which is great news, although it's kind of like the rebels taking a minor city when Gaddafi stills controls Tripoli.<br /><br />Thanks to the eagle eyes at the <a href="http://bikeleague.org/" target="blank">League of American Bicyclists</a>, this General Motors campaign was spotted - and spanked accordingly. <a href="https://www.gmcollegediscount.com/ip-vpp/" target="blank">"Reality Sucks" is their campaign title</a>. It offers discounts to college students who want to buy a car. This is another example of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/car%20industry%20strikes%20back" target="blank">Copenhagenize's "Car Industry Strikes Back" series</a>. Most instances of the car industry, or automobile insurance companies, are subtle and use imagery to underline their point that cycling is geeky, only for poor souls and can't compete with the sexed up car ownership world. This GM campaign spells it out, revealing the inner desires of the car industry faced with stiff and growing competition from bicycle traffic. <br /><br /><i>Stop Pedalling, Start Driving.</i><br /><br />Yes. They're worried. Yes. They're desperately trying to cling on to a fast-changing market. No. They don't seem very capable of doing so. It would be amusing if it wasn't so pathetic. GM has a list of Environmental Principles on their website. This is <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/" target="blank">prime material for The Daily Show</a>.<br /><br /><i>As a responsible corporate citizen, General Motors is dedicated to protecting human health, natural resources and the global environment. This dedication reaches further than compliance with the law to encompass the integration of sound environmental practices into our business decisions.<br /><br />We are committed to actions to restore and preserve the environment. (Meaning: We'll put tiny bandaids on the mass destruction we have caused over the past century in your cities and countryside. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_streetcar_scandal" target="blank">Oh, and the Great American Streetcar Scandal? No comment</a>.)<br />We are committed to reducing waste and pollutants, conserving resources, and recycling materials at every stage of the product lifecycle. (Meaning: Because this will increase our profit margin)<br />We will continue to participate actively in educating the public regarding environmental conservation (Meaning: we'll do everything we can to manipulate people into staying in our cars and ridicule all other forms of transport).<br />We will continue to pursue vigorously the development and implementation of technologies for minimizing pollutant emissions. (Meaning: As long as it stills involves oil and we can still keep selling cars)<br />We will continue to work with all governmental entities for the development of technically sound and financially responsible environmental laws and regulations. (Meaning: We will spend outrageous amounts of money lobbying politicians to keep them on our side)</i><br /><br />Be sure to <a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/news/gm_blunders.php" target="blank">read Bike League's piece on the GM campaign here</a>.<br /><br /><b>Addendum:</b> The next day after General Motors got caught in The Perfect Twitter Storm.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T_I1QQkNRC0/TpaOXBM-JdI/AAAAAAAAFzA/WroEmhVp13M/s1600/reality%2Bsucks.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="291" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T_I1QQkNRC0/TpaOXBM-JdI/AAAAAAAAFzA/WroEmhVp13M/s400/reality%2Bsucks.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Giant bicycles produced this bicycle-friendly version of the ad.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">NEW ZEALAND LOTTERY - SEPTEMBER 2011</span> </b><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KNm8GP_NYRw" width="560"></iframe><br />Thanks to Su Yin, loyal reader in New Zealand, for sending us this advert for a lottery. Poor guy on the left. Relegated to riding a bicycle but if he wins the lottery, he can have CARS! This is not the Car Empire here, but it still underlines the perception of status of owning a car.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">MAC - SOUTH AUSTRALIA CAR INSURANCE - AUGUST 2011</span> </b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D5riz2TCSa0/TlyUzQCzuVI/AAAAAAAAFtI/kL5pHOppVsw/s1600/macb0067-sensis-banner_1024x514.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="321" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D5riz2TCSa0/TlyUzQCzuVI/AAAAAAAAFtI/kL5pHOppVsw/s640/macb0067-sensis-banner_1024x514.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>This is an actual campaign. Amazingly, it is from a <a href="http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/" target="blank">governmental organisation in South Australia - MAC, or The Motor Accident Commission</a>. <br /><br /><i>"The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is South Australia’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer and provides $400 million each year in compensation to road crash victims.<br /><br />MAC also manages the State Government’s road safety communications program and provides sponsorship funding for projects that aim to reduce the number and impact of road injuries and deaths."</i><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VR1Cg2xHs8c" width="560"></iframe><br />This fits perfectly into series. It is so car-centric that you'd place your money on the car industry if you had to guess who produced this Lose Your Licence and You're Screwed campaign. Thanks to our reader, Tony, for sending this along to us.<br /><br />What a brilliantly anti-bicycle campaign. A large sum of money was spent on hammering home the point to young people that bicycles are lame and that cars the only real, credible option for life in South Australia. We beg to differ:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/534976452/" title="Double * by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Double *" src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1316/534976452_2f33ac7d09_z.jpg" height="439" width="640" /></a><br /><br />They also produced a series of commercials for this campaign, like this one.<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VR1Cg2xHs8c" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">DUTCH CAR INSURANCE - JUNE 2011</span></b> <iframe allowfullscreen="" blank.gifframeborder="0" height="349" http:="" img="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z_tMdAryVj0" width="560" www.blogger.com=""></iframe><br /><br />Okay, calling this advert "striking back" is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration but as <a href="http://amsterdamize.com/" target="blank">Marc from Amsterdamize</a> points out, the auto-insurance company behind the film apparently thinks that driving on bike lanes and sidewalks is perfectly acceptable urban behaviour.<br /><br />In other not-so-striking striking back news from auto-related people, we know that <a href="http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2008/03/testimonials-from-our-visitors-thank.html" target="blank">Cycle Chic has been a great inspiration to many over the years</a>.<br /><br />We find it, however, odd that we have inspired <a href="http://becarchic.com/" target="blank">the website Be Car Chic</a>, too. The site is a rather feeble attempt to brand automobiles as chic here in the <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/07/demotorization-as-lifestyle-choice.html">Age of Demotorization</a>.<br /><br />If you look at the URL - becarchic - it looks like the name of one of the chemcials that cars emit in our cities. But I digress...<br /><br />Sure, it's a tiny little website - more of a weak nipple flick than a 'striking back' but it shows the same tendency that we're seeing all over the world. All the focus on more liveable cities, bicycle transport and public transport has pushed the automobile industry and their disciples into a corner for the first time in two or three generations.<br /><br />Let's face it, cars aren't chic. Some cars are cool, sure. My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang and I have a thing for the BMW 2002 Alpin, but using a form of transport that pollutes our cities with <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/07/driving-kills-health-warnings.html">emissions</a> and <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/02/noisy-danish-speed-demons.html">noise</a>, that scares our citizens and kills pedestrians and cyclists, that costs us billions in road maintenance and that takes up space that could be used for reestablishing liveable streets will never be chic.<br /><br />What it is slowly becoming - <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/02/anti-automobile-age-and-what-we-can.html">once again for the first time since the first Anti-Automobile Age</a> - is socially unacceptable. And that is both inevitable and perfectly acceptable.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">AUSTRALIAN CAR INSURANCE - MARCH 2011</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/89ShvUbGEi0" title="YouTube video player" width="640"></iframe><br />One of our readers, <a href="http://twitter.com/beardfear" target="blank">Stephen</a>, sent us a link to this beauty on twitter. It's an advert from Australia. A company called <a href="http://nrma.com.au/" target="blank">NRMA who sell car insurance</a> and provide roadside assistance, et al.<br /><br />This is just fantastic. It says it all. All of this global focus on not only bicycles but public transport, pedestrianiam and other tools for re-building liveable cities are making these people nervous. So nervous that they made an advert trying to hard-sell urban automobile culture.<br /><br />You may have noticed that this blog is rather bicycle-oriented so here's a photographic response - using photos from our archives - of how all the situations above can be solved with human-powered transport. Off we go...<br /><br /><b>Situation: The man with the table:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3504368019/" title="Wide Bike Lanes by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Wide Bike Lanes" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3347/3504368019_285604b77e_z.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2948324003/" title="Move It by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Move It" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/2948324003_85fbe106e9_t.jpg" height="80" width="100" /></a>&nbsp; <br /><br /><b>Situation: People in costumes at a busstop.</b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xsDxOx7PUP0" title="YouTube video player" width="480"></iframe><br />Nothing wrong with taking a bus, but at 0:58 of the City of Cyclists video there's a shot of kids in a cargo bike wearing costumes heading to a party.<br /><br /><b>Situation: Father and son going to rugby practice:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/362810760/" title="Football Planet in Copenhagen by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Football Planet in Copenhagen" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/107/362810760_9d5f0c6589.jpg" height="500" width="375" /></a><br />I had a load of other football training gear on my bicycle, too.<br /><br /><b>Situation: High heeled shoes:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2774274998/" title="Basket Check by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Basket Check" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3277/2774274998_e7b64d3a49.jpg" height="500" width="374" /></a><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2884797594/" title="Red Light People"><img alt="Red Light People" height="480" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3030/2884797594_6c084b1072_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Or the <a href="http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/search/label/bicycles%20and%20high%20heels" target="blank">Bicycle &amp; High Heels tag over at Copenhagen Cycle Chic</a>.<br /><br /><b>Situation: Bus passengers:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3051351478/" title="Christiania Bike Couple by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Christiania Bike Couple" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/3051351478_a2a528d167_z.jpg" height="513" width="640" /></a><br />Nothing wrong with public transport. But here's a photo of buses and a cargo bike.<br /><br /><b>Situation: Leaf blower:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3030519216/" title="Autumn Ride by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Autumn Ride" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/3030519216_553592e0fc_z.jpg" height="479" width="640" /></a><br />The ad agency who developed this advert are already getting kind of desperate and they're only 14 seconds into their silly ad.<br /><br /><b>Situation: The man with the umbrella:</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3619591334/" title="Well-Dressed Umbrella Cycling by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Well-Dressed Umbrella Cycling" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2429/3619591334_123722c387_z.jpg" height="361" width="640" /></a><br />Apparently the NRMA advocate high-speed driving in urban areas as well as dangerous driving like buzzing the curb. Sooo last century.<br /><br />There are <a href="http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/search/label/bicycles%20and%20umbrellas" target="blank">loads more bicycle and umbrellas with this tag over at Cycle Chic</a>. If we're sticking to the theme, here's <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2416502413/" target="blank">a video of an umbrella getting blown the wrong way</a>.<br /><br /><b>Situation: Science project falling.</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3404225956/" title="Cagey by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Cagey" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3584/3404225956_7f4e3d25a2_z.jpg" height="399" width="640" /></a><br />Okay, it ain't a science project, but it could be. There are loads of cargo photos in <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/sets/72157603273698845/with/3404225956/" target="blank">the Copenhagenize Cargo Bike set on Flickr</a>. (Boy, is this ever an easy blogpost.)<br /><br /><b>Situation: Shopping bag breaking with a dog.</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3764847081/" title="Find the Dog by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Find the Dog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2422/3764847081_9933a308cd_z.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a><br />Loads of shopping ... and a dog. Don't forget the <a href="http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2011/02/who-let-dogs-out-canine-cycle-chic.html" target="blank">"40 photographs of dogs and bicycles in 6 countries" over at Cycle Chic</a>.<br /><br /><b>Situation: Man with the shopping cart carrying something.</b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2417990623/" title="Transportational by Mikael Colville-Andersen, on Flickr"><img alt="Transportational" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2245/2417990623_4ca862f9f8_z.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a><br />Yep. Too easy. Once again, allow me to refer you to <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/sets/72157603273698845/with/3404225956/" target="blank">the Cargo Bike set on Flickr.</a><br /><br /><b>More Shopping on Bikes</b><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/5286606234/" title="Snowstorm Christmas Shopping - Winter Cycling in Copenhagen"><img alt="Snowstorm Christmas Shopping - Winter Cycling in Copenhagen" height="427" src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5210/5286606234_f783c6e8a0_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3822745185/" title="Carry on in Copenhagen"><img alt="Carry on in Copenhagen" height="427" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2422/3822745185_0194045bff_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6369648007/" title="Shop by Bicycle"><img alt="Shop by Bicycle" height="427" src="https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6120/6369648007_ea581859a2_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/7649629390/" title="Shopping"><img alt="Shopping" height="427" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/7649629390_3181cbecb4_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/6318174016/" title="Second Hand Transport"><img alt="Second Hand Transport" height="427" src="https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6119/6318174016_a20c2da67c_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2898378942/" title="Cycling Shopaholic"><img alt="Cycling Shopaholic" height="511" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3072/2898378942_47da5fb761_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">HYUNDAI - FEBRUARY 2011</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rJBt_DGl5Cw" width="560"></iframe><br />Copenhagenize is proud to present the most expensive bicycle advertisements ever made.<br /><br />Produced by Hyundai, they show us once and for all how people need to 'snap out of it' and stop being hypnotised sheep just driving around our once liveable cities. These are not yet finished editing, however. The above film needs to have the title card reading 'BORING' removed in order for the message to be complete. All the films need insertion of a new pack shot at the end. Of a bicycle, of course.<br /><br />Oh yeah, new voiceover:<br />"Snap out of it. The 125 year old bicycle. Think about it. "<br /><br />Here's the shot from the storyboard that we're working on for the end of each commercial.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">KIA CANADA - JANUARY 2011</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ddJSkJQrggs" width="560"></iframe><br />Another interesting advert fra a car company. From KIA Canada.<br /><br /><i>"After all, we started out making bicycles. Sharing... that's how we can all drive change..."</i><br /><br />Ford is suddenly advertising their origins as a bicycle manufacturer. It's the positive, penultimate message in the advert. Goodness me. Is the car industry accepting the reemergence of the bicycle? Are they trying to change motorist behaviour with their message?<br /><br />Or are they just capitalising on a trend in order to look warm and understanding? Whatever the case, "share the road" is a lame slogan. "Build protected infrastructure now" is much more appropriate. Cars and bikes shouldn't share the same space.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>CITR?EN - 2010</b></span><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5A70H4IZeVQ" width="560"></iframe><br />A Citr?en advert filmed in Copenhagen. Firstly, you don't see people on bicycles with Asian-style kleenex masks on their face, but hey.<br /><br />After all the recent adverts from the car empire, this is a new angle.<br /><br />It's cheesy, sure. People sucking in great lungfuls of clean air, revelling in the pure goodness of the Citr?en. Embracing each other as they marvel at the car. Sheesh. <br /><br />Let's just say it's refreshing not to be under attack from the car industry and be pleased that none of the cyclists hopped off their bike and into a car. At the end of the day the advert is quite positive. They're trying to show and tell that this car will - apparently - make the air in our cities cleaner and that is something that the people on bicycles (and everyone else) will benefit from.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">MERCEDES - MARCH 2010</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s2FcXJLUUoM" width="560"></iframe><br />This is brilliant "Car Empire Strikes Back" marketing from Mercedes. After watching it if I had to choose between sitting in a Mercedes or riding all sub-cultural like that - give me the Mercedes anyday.<br /><br />As I highlight in my lecture <span style="font-style: italic;">Marketing Bicycle Culture - Four Goals to Promote Urban Cycling</span> the car industry learned everything they know about marketing their products from the bicycle industry, which pre-dated them. <br /><br />They have spent a century perfecting the art of marketing and now that they are faced with real competition - the rebirth of urban cycling - they are tweaking their adverts accordingly. <br /><br />The acting in the above advert is abysmal, but the point is clear. It reinforces the misconception of urban cycling as being a lawless, adrenaline-based and sub-cultural pursuit. The smug tone is brilliantly devised and executed. It's effective in the way it avoids featuring Citizen Cyclists and instead employs a caricature of a 'cyclist'.<br /><br />I'd rather see a regular citizen. From the 99%.<br /><br />Unless we start learning from the car industry's marketing brilliance, as they once learned from the bicycle industry, the battle is lost before the foot hits the pedal. Marketing urban cycling for regular citizens like we market every other product - positively. At every turn. <br /><br />Begone fearmongerers and nanny-state PSAs. Let's sell this properly. For more liveable cities, for the public health, for The Common Good. <br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">VOLKSWAGON - NOVEMBER 2009</span></b><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/4121312025/" title="VW advert - Car Culture by [Zakkalicious / Mikael], on Flickr"><img alt="VW advert - Car Culture" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2557/4121312025_f5761213ac.jpg" height="375" width="500" /></a><br /><br />The Car Empire strikes back again. My friend <a href="http://www.copenhagenize.eu/profile/the-team/" target="blank">Troels </a>found this <a href="http://www.volkswagen.com/" target="blank">Volkswagen </a>advert in an glossy book about great advertising campaigns from around the world.<br /><br />In it, Volkswagen are keen to show off various features on their cars. In this case, Energy-Absorbing Door Padding. To illustrate this exciting feature, they highlight one of the great irritations that motorists face in the urban environment, visible at just left of centre in the photo.<br /><br />Fortunately for the motorist getting out of his fine vehicle he has invested in German engineering to reduce potential damage to his vehicle. Nevermind that he didn't bother to check his mirror before getting out or that the inattentive man on the bicycle risks injury from what we are led to assume will be an imminent collison. Energy-absorbing door padding will save the car from too much damage.<br /><br />It's clearly '<a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/10/sacred-bull-in-societys-china-shop.html">ignoring the bull</a>' and placing responsibility on the vulnerable traffic user, no doubt about it. Funny, if this happened in Denmark or Holland, the motorist would be at fault if a collison occured. Then again, the cyclist would have been provided with <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/11/urban-mobility-human-right.html">safe urban mobility</a> on wide, separated bicycle infrastructure intelligently placed to the right of the car, with ample room for a door zone.<br /><br />Here in Denmark, when driving with my kids, the mantra they most often hear when in a car is "watch out for bikes!" when we are parked and are getting out of the vehicle. If only I had 10 kroner for every time I've said it to my son over the past seven years... And we are rarely in cars.<br /><br />As a result, he has learned to open the door a crack and peer out to see if the coast is clear of bikes before opening the door further. Volkswagen must despise people like us who don't wish to test doors against impact.<br /><br />BMW - OCTOBER 2009<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ByEE3r4jtoU" width="560"></iframe><br />Here's an ad for BMW that gently caresses all the emotional heartstrings. Just listen to the speaker's manuscript:<br /><br />"<span style="font-style: italic;">Joy is efficent, dynamic and... unstoppable.</span>" [meaning... we're not going anywhere, so don't get any funny ideas...]<br /><br />"<span style="font-style: italic;">We realised a long time ago that what you make people feel is just as important as what you make.</span>"<br /><br />"<span style="font-style: italic;">At BMW we don't just make cars... we make joy.</span>"<br /><br />And on their website: <br />“<span style="font-style: italic;">On the back of this three-letter word, we built a company. We don’t just build cars. We are the creators of emotion. We are the guardians of ecstasy, the thrills and chills, and all the words that can’t be found in a dictionary. We are the Joy of Driving. No car company can rival our history, replicate our passion, our vision. Innovation is our backbone but joy is our heart. We will not stray from our three-letter purpose. This is the story of BMW. This is the story of joy.</span>” <br /><br /><a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2009/08/head-protection-for-motorists.html">Not a single motoring helmet in sight</a> in that advert. How odd.<br /><br />If only cities and towns working towards increasing modal share for bicycles could learn from these basic marketing techniques that the auto industry have perfected. Hire a decent company to develop campaigns. Far too many municipal brochures/campaigns are too geeky to attract the attention and interest of the broader population.<br /><br />If we're going to sell this urban cycling thing, we need to change our direction.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">AUDI - OCTOBER 2009</span></b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aYoq4glQV8s" width="560"></iframe><br />This advert from Audi is a signal from the auto industry that they are under pressure AND that they are willing to fight back. This is where the entire Car Culture Strikes Back series started. With a bang.<br /><br />In the lecture I'm travelling about with at the moment, I highlight how the auto industry learned all the tricks of postive marketing from the bicycle industry a century ago. They have fine-tuned the art form and they rarely make mistakes. They know exactly how to highlight the positives of their products. On the other hand, we have forgotten how to highlight the positives of urban cycling and we bizarrely ignore the overwhelming Good News in our efforts to sell the percieved negative sides of riding a bicycle. It's hardly surprising that the auto industry are among the more fervent advocates for helmet laws. They know competition when they see it and they go for the throat in branding cycling as dangerous. It sells, quite simply, cars.<br /><br />From a marketing perspective the advert above is pure brilliance. It capitalizes on the general perception in western societies that 'environmentalists' are kooky, nerdy hippie types who eat raw organic beet root for breakfast.<br /><br />The environmental lobby has had 40 years to brand themselves well and have failed horribly. While people are perhaps aware of the issues, very few people are actually doing anything about it. That's why this type of advert is so easy to invent. 30 seconds of pushing all the right buttons on their opponents and all the right buttons on the general population.<br /><br />Amazingly, the Audi overtakes the hippie-mobile Volvo on a curve. Not exactly traffic safety conscious, are they?</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-85192096616218381662016-11-04T14:28:00.000+01:002016-11-04T14:43:39.358+01:00Meteoric Rise in Bicycle Traffic in Copenhagen<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30655863212/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bikes vs Cars Entering Copenhagen City Centre"><img src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5814/30655863212_b6abd75be4_z.jpg" width="583" height="640" alt="Bikes vs Cars Entering Copenhagen City Centre"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br />The news out of Copenhagen this week is good. Apart from an arsenal of over 20 permanent sensors dedicated to counting bicycle traffic, the City of Copenhagen also performs comprehensive bi-annual counts and the latest numbers, from September, are exceptional.<br /><br />For the first time since the City starting counting traffic entering the city centre, there are more bikes than cars. Indeed, since last year, 35,080 more bikes were counted, bringing the total up to 265,700, as you can see on the graph, above.<br /><br />It is a clear indication that continuous municipal policy and investment in Best Practice infrastructure pays off. The City has gone above and beyond over the past ten years. Investing 1 billion DKK (€134 million) extra in infrastructure, facilities and, not least, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/08/the-bicycle-bridges-of-copenhagen.html">bicycle bridges to prioritise cycling as transport</a>.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30683440091/in/dateposted-public/" title="City of Copenhagen"><img alt="City of Copenhagen" height="215" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5817/30683440091_a0762a1d21_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30471170010/in/dateposted-public/" title="Permanent Bicycle Counting Locations"><img alt="Permanent Bicycle Counting Locations" height="240" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5489/30471170010_04b4534a8e_m.jpg" width="238" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <br />The City counts traffic in two places. Crossing the municipal border (into the orange from any direction on the map at left) and then entering the city centre itself &nbsp;- illustrated at on the map at right. The numbers exclude the many bicycle trips across Copenhagen that don't cross one of the two lines and it doesn't include trips in Frederiksberg - that municipal "island" surrounded by Copenhagen. Nevertheless, it's how the City has counted twice a year since 1970. The importance of reliable data cannot be understated. It is paramount that every city records in detail, in order to convince sceptics, plan for the future expansion of the network and basically just know what the hell is going on.<br /><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30683436821/in/dateposted-public/" title="Selected Bicycle Traffic Counts in Copenhagen"><img alt="Selected Bicycle Traffic Counts in Copenhagen" height="640" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5827/30683436821_704c0b7e4f_z.jpg" width="635" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Here is a selection of bicycle counting points around the city centre. Bryggebroen and Inderhavnsbroen are bicycle bridges (with pedestrian facilities, too) so there is no car count. On all the rest you compare the numbers of bikes and motor vehicles. Except for the main roads leading into and through the city, bicycles are dominant at most of the locations.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30735050056/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bicycle Traffic Growth in Copenhagen"><img alt="Bicycle Traffic Growth in Copenhagen" height="430" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5814/30735050056_8e5b1478de_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />It's no secret that cycling for transport is down in Denmark on a whole. Widespread prosperity (the financial crisis didn't really register here) and the fact that buying a car is cheaper now than during the oil crises in the 1970s means that people are buying them, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2012/10/danish-180-tax-on-cars-is-rather.html">despite the (rather irrelevant) 180% tax on cars</a>. They are, however, buying then outside the larger cities and often buying a second car for the family. Car ownership in Copenhagen is still low at 25%. Even though a resident's parking permit can be bought for a ridiculous €100 a year, it is clear that Copenhageners prefer bikes and public transport. Especially the former, as you can see on that spectacular blue line, above, shooting through the top of the chart.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30683440741/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Stats"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Stats" height="640" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5474/30683440741_e97f3c8b24_z.jpg" width="581" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Citizens with an address in the City of Copenhagen choose, in overwhelming numbers, the bicycle to get around. 56% in total. 20% choose public transport - buses, trains or metro. Only 14% choose to drive a car to work or education each day.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30471170220/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagen Bicycle Stats"><img alt="Copenhagen Bicycle Stats" height="640" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5717/30471170220_d83f54c7bf_z.jpg" width="583" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />When you look at how people arrive at work or education in the City of Copenhagen - from the 22 surrounding municipalities and the City of Frederiksberg - the numbers are still impressive. 41% arrive on a bike. 27% arrive via public transport. 26% arrive in a car.<br /><br />There are still challenges. The City has a policy that bicycle traffic and public transport usage must never fall below 30% and car traffic must never rise ABOVE 30%. Investment is sorely needed to improve public transport and make it more competitive against car traffic.<br /><br />It is also very relevant to mention that the city is still rather difficult to drive around, what with the construction of 17 new metro stations. We have written about <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/07/the-greatest-urban-experiment-right-now.html">The Greatest Urban Experiment Right Now</a> and the City still has to prepare for the future. The modal share for bikes has slipped already. We need to ensure that we maintain the rising numbers.<br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-56400702543532660762016-10-25T12:33:00.002+02:002016-10-25T15:14:07.016+02:00From the Bicycle Snake to Chinese Vanity Project<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Let's just get to it, shall we.<br /><br />Cyclists are not random boxes of corn flakes that you store up on a shelf, out of sight - out of mind.<br /><br />They are urban citizens contributing as much as the next - <a href="http://www.citylab.com/commute/2012/12/cyclists-and-pedestrians-can-end-spending-more-each-month-drivers/4066/" target="_blank">often more</a> - to urban life. Like pedestrians and public transport users, they are best served at street level as integral threads woven into the rich urban fabric to contribute to the beautiful complexities of city life. Anthropologically, socially, financially. <br /><br />For over a century we have understood the necessity of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2013/04/the-copenhagenize-bicycle-planning-guide.html">Best Practice infrastructure</a>. We have tried and tested it with hundreds and hundreds of millions of people - and perfected it. We have measured and gauged it in order to understand it. We have regarded it as a beautiful, functional thing and designed it accordingly. <br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">For 7000 years we have lived together in cities, on equal footing. In the splendid democracy of urban space.</a>&nbsp;The streets were the most democratic spaces in the history of homo sapiens.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dw.dk/newsblog/2016/10/17/dissingweitling-tegner-8-kilometer-lang-supercykelslange-i-kina" target="blank"><img border="0" height="279" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1oDc5T-LdnQ/WA8JrBSsokI/AAAAAAAALLM/o2zTjtLQ8fYajuedSIFSj6sHygCEbnwwQCLcB/s640/dw-xiamen-bridge.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Super Bicycle Snake planned for Chinese city Xiamen.</span></i><br /><br />Which makes this new project by <a href="http://www.dw.dk/newsblog/2016/10/17/dissingweitling-tegner-8-kilometer-lang-supercykelslange-i-kina" target="_blank">Danish architecture bureau Dissing+Weitling</a> for the city of Xiamen look completely ridiculous. An eight kilometer long shelf designed to place cyclists out of sight and out of mind. This is what happens when architecture gets drunk at the christmas party and sleeps with car-centric engineering, without listening to the wise advice of urban planning and anthropology. <br /><br />British architect <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/01/the-ridiculous-sky-cycle-by-norman.html">Norman Foster amused us back in 2014 with his plans to shelve cyclists in London with his ridiculous SkyCycle project</a>. Other plans for <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/02/the-village-idiot-of-urban-innovation.html">bicycle "infrastructure" in London were equally amusing</a>&nbsp;in this 2015 article.<br /><br />It is nothing short of embarrassing when a <i>Danish</i> firm is so keen on producing "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119594876/archinect-s-lexicon-magpie-architecture" target="_blank">Magpie Architecture</a>" and even tries to polish it shinier:<br /><br />"<i>Xiamen's broad boulevards are reserved for automobiles and they are life-threatening for cyclists. Therefore, the raised bicycle connection will be a welcome improvement of the city's infrastructure for cyclists</i>", it says <a href="http://www.dw.dk/newsblog/2016/10/17/dissingweitling-tegner-8-kilometer-lang-supercykelslange-i-kina" target="_blank">on the Dissing+Weitling website</a>.<br /><br />This is the firm that designed the renowned <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/12/innovative-elevated-cycle-track-in.html">Cykelslangen - Bicycle Snake</a> for the City of Copenhagen. - an solution that fulfills all the requirements of Danish Design - functional, practical and elegant.<br /><br />The Bicycle Snake is a short, simple and brilliant solution to one unique location. There is nowhere else in Copenhagen where such a structure is needed. It is a perfect example of tactical, location-oriented design. And hey. Dissing+Weitling <i>know</i> bridges. <a href="http://www.dw.dk/projekter/" target="_blank">They have been quite good at designing them - both for cars and for bikes/peds</a>. Many are beautiful and their designs avoid the usual <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/03/the-depressing-rise-of-squiggletecture.html">Squiggletecture we see emerging from the Photoshopped ideas of many others who don't understand bicycle urbanism</a>.<br /><br />Using the basic concept of the Bicycle Snake to erase cyclists from the cityscape, however, reveals the complete disconnect between our struggle for creating better cities and the seductive, ego-enhancement of mega-projects. Rationality falls off the back rack.<br /><br />When designed infrastructure or, indeed, anything involving public space, do we not also bear an enormous responsibility on our shoulders for teaching about urban life and development? Is it a sell-out to just cash a paycheque from a Chinese city so completely intent on maintaining a car-centric paradigm?<br /><br />"<i>There is still a massive potential related to spreading the humanistic, user-oriented approach to design that we take for granted in our modern, Nordic design tradition. Foreign clients really listen when we present them with our complete, well thought out solutions that often show great consideration to the people who will use the solutions - and that also combine functional, Nordic architecture</i>". So sayeth Steen Savery Trojaborg, &nbsp;partner at Dissing+Weitling.<br /><br />You want to know where the potential is? In understanding urban life. Understanding a urban, human journey across seven millenia - as well as promptly rejecting outright the past century of car-centric thought - and applying that to our established designs.<br /><br /><img border="0" height="388" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kSNVKrktKUQ/TTQjuiUVwcI/AAAAAAAAFVc/esydpH9FBKs/s640/guangzhou%2B007.jpg" width="640" /><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Visualisation of a Guangzhou street with Danish cycle tracks with curbs</span></i><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></i>Fortunately, other Danish influences in China are rational and based on user-friendly designs, as we wrote in <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/01/guangzhou-is-thinking-bike-with-danish.html">this article back in 2011, about Danish consultant Troels Andersen and his work in the city of Guangzhou</a>. The city is planning 1000 km of bicycle infrastructure and greenways, including Best Practice designs like the curb-separated infrastructure pictured above.<br /><br /><b>XIAMEN</b><br />We had a look at the city of Xiamen here at the Copenhagenize Design Co. office today. To gain some context.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gDxpZ7qlfkk/WA8pNH1EEcI/AAAAAAAALLc/bntml9Ym5A4sZ7ym6hcc5c6m1E7bnv0WQCLcB/s1600/xiamen.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="484" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gDxpZ7qlfkk/WA8pNH1EEcI/AAAAAAAALLc/bntml9Ym5A4sZ7ym6hcc5c6m1E7bnv0WQCLcB/s640/xiamen.png" width="640" /></a></div>According to the local media, the city is, like so many other Chinese cities, starting to take the bicycle seriously as transport once again. The city has 43 km of cycle track under construction around the lake - primarily recreational and therefore less relevant for transport. But as you can see on the map on the left, 107 km of bicycle infrastructure is planned in two phases on the island on which Xiamen is located. The proposed Bicycle Snake is highlighted in orange on the left and presented on its own on the right.<br /><br />107 km is far from the 1000 km underway in Guangzhou or the <a href="http://www.china.org.cn/bjzt/chinese/2016-04/25/content_38319009.htm" target="_blank">proposed 3200 km (!) planned in Beijing by 2020</a> (!) but nonetheless positive. It really is what we're seeing all over the world.<br /><br />It was difficult for our in-house Chinese architect to find any comprehensive information in Chinese about the proposed Bicycle Snake in Xiamen&nbsp;<a href="http://szb.qzwb.com/dnzb/html/2016-10/25/content_278695.htm" target="_blank">apart from this article</a>. The only official comment about it, from the zoning commission, reads like this:<br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 14.6667px; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">"The “Yunding Road” bike bridge is an attempt to popularize the bike life. In the future we would combine the needs of the citizens, gradually implementing cycle tracks and other facilities in and outside Xiamen Island".</span></i></span><br /><br />So it reads a bit like a vanity project for the city. What an expensive route to take when your plan is allegedly to integrate the bicycle as transport properly "in the future". If, as Dissing+Weitling say, "<i>Foreign clients really listen when we present them with our complete, well thought out solutions that often show great consideration to the people who will use the solutions</i>" then get them to listen to rational ideas that actually make sense, benefit the citizens, the public health and expedite the transformation to a more liveable city where the bicycle is an equal partner in the traffic equation instead of designing Disneyland gimmicks for them.<br /><br />On <a href="http://bbs.biketo.com/thread-1787450-1-1.html" target="_blank">this local forum</a>, there are positive comments about the "Air Bicycle Bridge", which is how the project name translates directly from Chinese.<br /><br /><i>- "If Xiamen succeeds, other cities will catch up, right? This is good news!"</i><br /><i>- "Green transportation is being pushed everywhere. I hope we can do more for bicycle development."</i><br /><br />There are, however, detractors. Giving us an insight into the background for this project.<br /><i>- "Us cyclists need basic rights and a good environment, not just one or two vanity projects. Who will maintain this facility?"</i><br /><i>- "Our government is rich and just wants to spend some money".</i><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The Bicycle Snake in Copenhagen is a project of visionary, iconic proportions and serves a functional, practical purpose. An eight kilometer long version in Xiamen is merely a vanity project for everyone involved.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"<span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief". Jane Austen.</span></i></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-86169589123922942912016-10-24T15:16:00.001+02:002016-10-24T15:39:59.809+02:00Copenhagenize Slopes - Iconic Architectural Topography, Housing, and Public Space<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30237466060/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 011"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 011" height="456" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5549/30237466060_3257dfa88b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Copenhagenize Slopes 1,2,3. Reversing the Arrogance of Space on Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard in Copenhagen and re-demoractizing the space with 507 apartments of 50 m2, an urban park at street level, public space on 500 m of green roofs and bicycle parking for every resident and guest.</span></i><br /><br />For all the talk of Copenhagen being “all that” in so many urban ways, challenges and problems persist in the Danish capital. Here at <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Co.</a> we channel our impatience with lack of political will in our own city into design and ideas. <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/04/7550-new-bike-parking-spots-at.html">Lack of bicycle parking around Copenhagen Central Station led to this solution.</a> A <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/09/taking-matters-into-our-own-hands.html">dreadfully planned street in the ?sterbro neighbourhood led to this redesign</a>.<br /><br />Now we decided to tackle the biggest, smelliest elephant in the Copenhagen room. One that that has been demonstratively ignored by generations of politicians in this city. Denmark’s most famous writer, Hans Christian Andersen, would surely turn over in his grave if he knew that the nation’s most car-congested street was named after him.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-e4x3VYXQ-mo/WA4A3CgOn-I/AAAAAAAALKo/FZ0Sk8GF6wcll1gQUyggRVcv8VjAiLmoQCLcB/s1600/hca0001.png"><img border="0" height="216" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-e4x3VYXQ-mo/WA4A3CgOn-I/AAAAAAAALKo/FZ0Sk8GF6wcll1gQUyggRVcv8VjAiLmoQCLcB/s640/hca0001.png" width="640" /></a></div><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard. Clockwise from bottom left: As it looks now; 1960s, 1905, 1970s</span></i><br /><br />60,000 cars rumbling down the canyon-like swatch of asphalt that carves the city centre in two ain’t no fairytale, sunshine. Cities with attitude need grand boulevards, it would seem. What they do with them, however, in an excellent indicator of how a city is geared towards the future of mobility. On this front, Copenhagen lags behind so many other European cities by allowing H.C. Andersens Boulevard and ?boulevarden exist in their current form.<br /><br />For at least a couple of decades there has been talk of putting the 60,000 cars into a tunnel underneath the existing road. Not a strange idea, considering that so many other European cities have been doing that for ages. When H.C. Andersen Boulevard crosses The Lakes, it changes name to ?boulevarden. <a href="http://www.ladegaardsaaen.dk/english" target="_blank">Recently, a proposed project to dig up the stream that used to run along the surface before car-centric urban planning buried the stream into a pipe beneath the cars gained purchase in the imaginations of the citizens of the city</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--yzThkWjeUU/WA4AYxbtIWI/AAAAAAAALKk/_w_lU-SMYGg9uA6eRSak55QN3ab7uncZgCLcB/s1600/aablvd.png"><img border="0" height="292" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--yzThkWjeUU/WA4AYxbtIWI/AAAAAAAALKk/_w_lU-SMYGg9uA6eRSak55QN3ab7uncZgCLcB/s640/aablvd.png" width="640" /></a></div><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">?boulevarden - clockwise from left: <a href="http://www.ladegaardsaaen.dk/english" target="_blank">proposal for restoring the river</a>, the river as it used to be, the current traffic each day on the road.</span></i><br /><br />Great stuff. We don’t, however, have faith that City Hall is going to act on this. The discussion pops up every few years and then fades away. This city is, quite simply, afraid of reducing car traffic.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29905006184/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 004"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 004" height="417" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5515/29905006184_77f332db3e_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />So here is our baseline. We need housing in Copenhagen, preferably affordable housing. We need it badly. We need more green roofs for biodiversity and more public space. We have a huge swath of <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/11/parasites-and-living-lungs.html">urban space used primarily by what Italian traffic planners called parasites.</a>&nbsp;People who don’t even live in the City of Copenhagen or Frederiksberg and who certainly don’t pay taxes here. We have such high pollution on this stretch that <a href="https://www.thelocal.dk/20160818/eu-breathes-down-denmarks-neck-over-bad-air-quality" target="_blank">the European Union has subpoenaed the Danish government, wanting to take them to court over their inaction on reducing pollution on this road</a>. The current, right-wing Danish government actually wanted to move the air quality measuring station farther away from the road in order to get better results - even though we all know that <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2011/12/massive-fall-in-air-pollution-during.html">a reduction in car traffic can drastically reduce pollution - as proven here</a>.<br /><br />So, basically, if nobody is willing to bury the road, then let’s simply reallocate the space to more intelligent use. Let’s re-democratize it. I cycle along the boulevard every day. There are wide, safe cycle tracks to accommodate the over 25,000 daily bicycle users on the stretch, but it is bizarre to ride alongside 6-8 lanes of cars. It is <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/search/label/arrogance%20of%20space">Arrogance of Space</a> ftw. For years I have envisioned a different solution and I have finally had the time to develop it. Together with Kan Chen&nbsp;陈侃 from <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a>.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29902788513/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 003"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 003" height="446" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8644/29902788513_5227b68e4e_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Welcome to Copenhagen Slopes.<br /><br />Three iconic buildings providing 507 apartments of 50 m2, three sections of green space below the structures, over 500 m of public space on the green roofs and slapping some seriously topography in the heart of the Danish capital.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30237466060/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 011"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 011" height="456" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5549/30237466060_3257dfa88b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Aerial view from the south-west.</span></i><br /><br />This stretch of HC Andersen's Boulevard is rather lifeless and uninspiring from an urban planning and architectural point of view. Drab and uninviting. The Slopes will add life and dynamics and remove four car lanes - improving air quality and contributing to improving the public space.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29905007964/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 010"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 010" height="460" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5704/29905007964_ba0afcc815_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">View from the south, with City Hall in the foreground.</span></i><br /><br />We ran the idea past an unsuspecting Copenhagen Mayor Morten Kabell, from the Technical &amp; Environmental Dept..<br /><br /><i>“It’s a wild and creative idea! The small apartments are cool - we need them. We have to find out how to get rid of the many cars that currently use H.C. Andersen’s Boulevard. Tramways across the whole city would provide a necessary alternative for motorists - and it would be brilliant to get rid of the car lanes, like you suggest. The idea of getting up high and combining it with green areas is cool. I like that.”</i><br /><br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29902788363/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 006"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 006" height="168" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5475/29902788363_63394cd430_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30535497965/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 005"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 005" height="167" src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8568/30535497965_0df5786452_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Pedestrian and bike parking access at all six entry points to the three buildings. Ample bike parking - for cargo bikes, too.</span></i><br /><br />This being Copenhagen, with a car ownership rate of only 22% - and this being 2016 - the building won't have any car parking spots - <a href="http://www.streetfilms.org/malmo-is-building-a-7-story-bicycle-househotel-that-accomodates-cargo-bikes-everywhere/" target="_blank">much like the Bicycle House in Malm?, Sweden</a>. It will, however, have ample bike parking and access for all residents and guests - including cargo bikes. This is a city with 40,000 cargo bike, so that is a no-brainer.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30419164732/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 007"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 007" height="447" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5602/30419164732_c87c9a53ec_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />The roofs of the three buildings are designated as public space. Challenging stairs to get the thighs burning - <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/melkwegbridge-solves-difficult-problem-gives-options-both-cyclists-and-pedestrians.html" target="_blank">inspired by this Dutch bridge</a>. With terraces/viewing platforms at peak locations on each building. We thought that a restaurant or two could be housed on the top floor, with outdoor seating.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30419162752/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 008"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 008" height="448" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5480/30419162752_0a3d89d276_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />Balconies are a must. Duh.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29905008134/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Slopes 009"><img alt="Copenhagenize Slopes 009" height="456" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8651/29905008134_47d7efcde4_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">View from the north-west, with the city centre in the background.</span></i><br /><br />Let's do this.<br /><br /><br />---- <br />Previous projects in the same vein from Copenhagenize Design Company:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/04/7550-new-bike-parking-spots-at.html"><img at="" bike="" border="0" central="" copenhagen="" height="142" parking="" spots="" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B6ypLze1deM/WA4Edc-QG0I/AAAAAAAALK0/SJogZFcU_58bUN5_sieFjhIPiLsubJmwACLcB/s200/rendering02.png" station="" title:="" width="200" /></a> <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/09/taking-matters-into-our-own-hands.html"><img a="" bicycle="" border="0" edesign="" frihavnsgade="" height="116" into="" nordre="" of="" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0U1RLafnmtM/WA4EjIdmrFI/AAAAAAAALK4/VCek-zkQWnE-r8pMX6W2Cz7ach7Wi6OCwCLcB/s200/collage%2Borange.jpg" street="" title:="" width="200" /></a></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-11264888022891920062016-10-21T14:08:00.002+02:002016-11-07T15:59:52.775+01:00Copenhagenizing the City of Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30268412072/in/album-72157659858732992/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="427" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5613/30268412072_04cfb2fb3c_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">A freshly paved cycle track in Almetyevsk along the city's main street, Lenina.</span></i><br /><br />What a difference a year makes. In October 2015, <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> was hired by the City of Almetyevsk, in Tatarstan, Russia. We were no stranger to the task - developing bicycle strategies is one of our primary jobs. We didn’t realise at the time what kind of visionary client had hired us. In this earlier article we called it <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2015/12/the-transformation-of-almetyevsk.html">the Transformation of Almetyevsk</a>. One year on, that title seems like an understatement. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30147329800/in/album-72157659858732992/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk" height="427" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5542/30147329800_5b39073979_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">The status quo in many Russian cities. No infrastructure. No protection for cyclists.</span></i><br /><br />We were - and are - quite familiar with the state of cycling infrastructure in Russian cities. On a global scale, Russia has struggled to reestablish the bicycle as transport in its cities. <a href="https://vimeo.com/74610554" target="_blank">What most often lacks is real political will</a>&nbsp;in recognizing the bicycle as a legitimate mode of transportation. In Almetyevsk, however, that would prove to be the guiding strength. <br /><br /><a href="https://www.instagram.com/khayrullinayrat/" target="_blank">Ayrat Khayrullin</a> is the young, ambitious mayor who acknowledged the importance of a holistic bicycle strategy that values world-class facilities, constructive communication strategies and above all, dedicated cycle tracks. From the get-go, Khayrullin expressed one clear goal: to transform Almetyevsk into the most bicycle friendly city in Russia, one where he would feel confident sending his young year-old son off to school by bike. <br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/22007016679/in/album-72157659858732992/" title="Copenhagenizing Almetyevsk"><img alt="Copenhagenizing Almetyevsk" height="427" src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5710/22007016679_54223b3968_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><i><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"> From left: Almetyevsk Mayor Ayrat Khayrullin, Copenhagenize Design Co. CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen, Rosa our translator, James Thoem, Senior Planner with Copenhagenize. First site visit in 2015.</span></i><br /><i><br /></i> In our preliminary meetings with the city, we quickly agreed on the process and the goals. 200 km of bicycle infrastructure in a cohesive network of Best Practice infrastructure. Nothing less. Khayrullin had done his homework. He knew, for example, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2014/06/explaining-bi-directional-cycle-track.html">that on-street, bi-directional cycle tracks were a sub-standard solution</a>. He understood the importance of a complete network and prioritizing cycling as a transport form. He was well-versed in the health benefits of having a cycling population. All he needed was someone to design it. To create the gold standard bicycle city in Russia.<br /><br />The entire Copenhagenize Design Co. team went to work - not only our staff in our main office in Copenhagen, but with help from our offices in Brussels and Montreal, as well. Time was short. At our meetings in the city in Fall 2015, we were told that they wanted to get to work in Spring 2016. We divided up our work on the bicycle strategy into stages, in order to give the City a chance to plan and prepare their engineering department for the work. Their challenge was to figure out how to best use the roadworks season - from April to September - to create the first 50 km of hard infrastructure. The core network along the city’s main streets. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30466672115/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="439" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5615/30466672115_ecf14f499e_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Selected photos of the new infrastructure and bicycle network in Almetyevsk. Best Practice design. One-way on both sides of the street. Complete with the bling of cyclist garbage cans, footrests and handrails and bicycle counters.</span></i><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: large;"><b>Альме?тьевск</b>?</span></span></div><br />Yes, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almetyevsk" target="_blank">Almetyevsk</a>. Let’s create some context for this place. It’s a city of 152,580 people located smack-dab in the middle of Tatarstan - a semi-independent republic in the Russian Federation. Our colleagues in Russia inform us, grudgingly, that Tatarstan is a place where things just get done in an urban development context. The capital city, Kazan, is the only Russian city to have built a subway system since the collapse of the Soviet Union, although they have done very little for bicycles as transport. As Almetyevsk is projected to grow by 30,000 new residents (many of them young workers and families) by 2030, the administration is looking to improve overall livability and attractiveness. Mayor Ayrat Khayrullin is keen to attract new residents with a life-sized city, as well as improve the quality of life of those who live there already.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29836008804/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="455" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5681/29836008804_15f567867e_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Map of the street network of Almetyevsk.</span></i><br /><br />The city’s built form is characterised by an arterial ring road framing the residential, cultural, and commercial centre along a grid-like street network, with Soviet-era roads so wide they make Salt Lake City's streets look like a back alley in Amsterdam. The city centre measures eight kilometres from east-to-west, four kilometres from north-to-south. In other words, the city’s relatively small footprint with dense network of medium and high-rise residential coupled with wide roads presents plenty of opportunity to accommodate the bicycle as a mode of transport.<br /><br />When we first arrived in the city we were amazed at how many pedestrians there were - something you don’t often see in Russian cities. In addition, a thriving trolleybus system is a main transport form. As we know, these two elements are low-hanging fruits when designing for bikes. All the great bicycle cities in the world have excellent public transport and a strong pedestrian culture.<br /><br />The financing of this €3.6 million phase of the project was a unique public-private partnership. <a href="http://www.tatneft.ru/?lang=en" target="_blank">Tatarstan’s national oil company TatNeft </a>bought into the idea early on and their enthusiastic backing - both moral and financial - was key to the success. Their headquarters are in Almetyevsk, as well. <br /><br />It only makes the storytelling better. A city in the heart of the Russian oilfields, with hard winters, decides to copenhagenize in two short years and the sixth largest oil company in Russia helps finance the visionary project. <br /><br />Like many Russian cities, Almetyevsk had dabbled in bike infrastructure but, as is often the case, half steps and compromises have only led to conflicts. The city was quite open in admitting the shortcomings of their existing infrastructure. The shared pedestrian/bike spaces often resulted in confusion and conflicts, while the cycle tracks contained within a new development district didn’t connect to the greater city network. In fact, conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists in 2014 heightened the public discussion around the role of cyclists in Almetyevsk, prompting the mayor and his colleagues to look outwards for experienced help, rather than crack down on cyclist behaviour. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29836002604/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="231" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5489/29836002604_ab7a28bb8b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Pre-existing bicycle infrastructure in Almetyevsk. Bits and pieces and sub-standard bi-directional lanes.</span></i><br /><br />After multiple site visits for consultation, documentation, and data collection, we returned to Copenhagen to begin analysis. Taking a detailed look at the city, with tried and true methodologies, we built up a thorough understanding of the city, developing an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the development of a connected network of bicycle infrastructure. We analysed the connectivity of the network, the destinations and origins, intermodal linkages, road typologies, and beyond, gradually building up an understanding of how best practice bicycle infrastructure could fit into the city streets of Almetyevsk. <br /><br />Perhaps one of the more transformative events of the whole process was welcoming <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/masterclasses.html" target="_blank">the mayor and a small team to Copenhagen for a private Master Class </a>. Through workshops, talks, guest speakers, and bicycle tours, we opened their eyes to how best practice infrastructure functions. Nothing beats watching as wide-eyed traffic engineers and planners wake up to the potential of the bicycle. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29812579963/in/album-72157659858732992/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk" height="427" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5650/29812579963_b41b334b85_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />With a strong baseline understanding of Almetyevsk and a freshly inspired project team in Almetyevsk, we developed a vision for a not-so-distant future Almetyevsk: “A place where the young and old, rich and poor, can cycle alongside one another on a safe and connected network of best practice bicycle infrastructure.” Some more quantifiable goals will help in guiding this vision forward into the future.<br /><br />- There will be 50 kilometres of protected bicycle network built within the first year<br />- Almetyevsk’s bicycle modal share will reach 10% within the next five years<br />- 20% of school children will be cycling to school within five years<br />- Cycling will be just as popular among women as men<br />- Cycling in Almetyevsk will be safer than ever before <br />- Winter maintenance will be prioritised<br /><br />Working off our baseline insights study and a guiding vision, we worked alongside a project team in Almetyevsk to develop the city’s first Bicycle Strategy, one that guided the city forward in laying out 50 kilometres of bicycle infrastructure in 2016. Laying out an appropriate first phase network and addressing smaller design details appropriate for each identified street typology. Details such as bus stop treatments, major and minor intersection treatments, and appropriate bicycle parking solutions were explained. Complementing the physical infrastructure our strategy also laid out soft infrastructure strategies, turning towards communication campaigns to encourage cycling, school and workplace programming, public events, and future engagement campaigns aiming to get people on their bikes for the first time, a critical step in expanding ridership. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30168384700/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="453" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5558/30168384700_bb7a52592b_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">The network map by Copenhagenize Design Co. for the City of Almetyevsk. The first 50 km built in 2016.</span></i><br /><br />Construction on the project began in late May, 2016, coinciding with Russia’s annual bicycle parade day and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Upon our arrival in the city on that visit, we did numerous site visits and saw how the foundations were already laid for several kilometres of bicycle infrastructure. It was an amazing sight.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30429961856/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="299" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5594/30429961856_822c0597eb_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">On May 29, 2016, the Bicycle Network was launched.&nbsp;</span></i><br /><br />The next day, however, was unforgettable. Over 1000 residents on bikes came out for a bicycle parade through the city. We stopped at a location on the main Lenina Street where an asphalt machine was waiting. Copenhagenize Design Co, Mikael Colville-Andersen, together with Mayor Ayrat Khayrullin and former heavyweight boxing world champion - and current member of the national Duma - Nikolai Valuev, shovelled cement into the foundation for the first bicycle sign, spread asphalt on the first stretch of cycle track and watched as young activists pressed a large, red button to start the paving machines.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30429956106/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="148" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5562/30429956106_00de4fa48d_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">The City launched a massive communication campaign about the coming bicycle network.</span></i><br /><br />Billboard campaigns for the city’s vision even hung above where the infrastructure would soon be rolled out - a part of the City's comprehensive communication campaign.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30429963066/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="439" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5781/30429963066_7b036f034a_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><br />Implementing bicycle infrastructure and facilities in Russia had its challenges. There is nothing in Russian road standards about Best Practice bike infrastructure (there will be now), as the city engineers kept mentioning at the beginning before political leadership took the reins once and for all. The quality asphalt required for cycle tracks existed, but the city did nonetheless a series of outdoor tests to make sure they had selected the right one (they had). Along a piloting stretch of road, the Director of Transportation in Almetyevsk showed us the different materials, surface treatments, and signage they were trying out. They hadn’t had any luck finding a supplier of bicycle traffic signals in Russia. So what did they do? They made their own using vinyl stickers and traditional signals. They made bicycle railings and footrests and tilted garbage cans for cyclists as well. Taking their lessons from the Copenhagen Master Class, the director and his staff had begun experimenting and, as a result, pushing the boundaries of the status quo on Russian roads. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30430495506/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk" height="451" src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5836/30430495506_3210b6e1d2_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Selected renderings from Copenhagenize Design Company's Bicycle Strategy for the City of Almetyevsk. By Chris Noir.</span></i><br /><br />There were hurdles to overcome along the way. While political leadership was key, traffic engineers still needed convincing. In order to perform studies about density, connectivity, space syntax analyses, etc, Copenhagenize Design Company needed local data, but Russian cities do not have the same data gathering culture as, for example, Scandinavian cities. In addition, a lot of the existing data was classified as secret - echoes of the Cold War persist. Nevertheless, the challenges were overcome.<br /><br />At the end of the day, the City of Almetyevsk turned out to be the most amazing client. We would receive emails from the street, where asphalt machines were rumbling along, to double-check about how to proceed - followed by photos the next day showing what had been done. That kind of client relationship is like nothing we’ve ever dreamed of. Every night since May we knew that when we woke up in the morning, more metres of fresh asphalt in the form of Best Practice cycle track would be cooling off in the dry, Almetyevsk air and the quality of life in the city had improved. <br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30410247846/in/dateposted-public/" title="Almetyevsk Urban Development / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Almetyevsk Urban Development / Альме?тьевск" height="323" src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5642/30410247846_9fa5f7f973_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Shamsinur - an urban park designed by Kazan design agency Evolution.</span></i><br /><br />Mayor Ayrat Khayrullin hasn’t restricted himself to bicycle infrastructure either. In 2015, <a href="http://evolution-ru.ru/" target="blank">together with Kazan design agency Evolution</a>, he created Shamsinur - an urban park that has become an amazing destination for the citizens. In 2016, a massive water park opened in the city as well. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/albums/72157674270221520" target="_blank">You can see photos of the other urban design projects in this gallery on Flickr.</a><br /><br />By establishing themselves as first movers within Russia (and beyond), Almetyevsk has gathered attention from policy makers that may be weary of looking outside the federation for best practice. By seriously investing in a network of dedicated bicycle infrastructure, Almetyevsk has positioned themselves firmly as the gold standard of a bicycle friendly city in Russia, simply by learning from over 100 years of best practice infrastructure in Denmark. Knowledge transfer at its finest. And it doesn’t stop here, the city looks forward to building a total of more than 200 kilometres of infrastructure that will connect all neighbourhoods and beyond.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/30349554692/in/dateposted-public/" title="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск"><img alt="Copenhagenize Almetyevsk / Альме?тьевск" height="144" src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8617/30349554692_6b6e256699_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><i>Completed infrastructure.</i><br /><br />There is a centuries old saying in Russian that everyone knows. “<i>There are only two problems in Russia: fools and roads</i>”.<br /><br /><a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> and the City of Almetyevsk just might have finally solved the latter. It is a wild ride that continues into 2017 and beyond. Quite possibly the most exciting urban design project in the world at the moment.<br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-57625283303275234162016-10-06T14:11:00.000+02:002016-10-07T10:55:49.751+02:00Electric Cars: Where Will the Energy Come From?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EtDG3tUGa8Y/V_Y5dAdz9mI/AAAAAAAAK-U/qjnEq7F6UFkWMqKN6l06ccM_OGsqz_s9gCLcB/s1600/ecar%2B-%2BCopy.png"><img border="0" height="343" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EtDG3tUGa8Y/V_Y5dAdz9mI/AAAAAAAAK-U/qjnEq7F6UFkWMqKN6l06ccM_OGsqz_s9gCLcB/s640/ecar%2B-%2BCopy.png" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> Guest Author,<b> Jason Henderson</b>, is Professor of Geography &amp; Environment at San Francisco State University, visiting Copenhagen this Fall on a research sabbatical examining how culture, politics, and economics shapes transportation in Copenhagen. Jason is author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Street-Fight-Struggle-Mobility-Francisco/dp/1558499997" target="blank">Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco (2013)</a>, and co-author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Low-Car-bon-Communities-Inspiring-ebook/dp/B01BYMGXRQ" target="blank">Low Car (bon) Communities: Inspiring Car-Free and Car Lite Urban Futures</a>. He has published articles in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Antipode, Urban Geography, the Journal of Transport Geography and several book chapters in academic books on sustainable transportation and the politics of the automobile. He is a <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/masterclasses.html" target="blank">Master Class by Copenhagenize</a> alumni, as well.</span></i><br /><br /><b>Electric Cars: Where Will the Energy Come From?</b><br /><i>by Jason Henderson</i><br /><br />Electric cars are often touted as a promising response to climate change, reducing air pollution, and bringing energy security. So it’s not surprising that the world’s climate policy leaders and largest car markets, like California, Germany, and China, are promoting public policbatteries subsidizing mass electric motorization. Even the world’s greenest transport nations, like bikey Denmark and rail-rich Switzerland are joining the bandwagon, while<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/netherlands-petrol-car-ban-law-bill-to-be-passed-reduce-climate-change-emissions-a7197136.html" target="_blank"> the Netherlands seeks to nudge electric cars by banning the sale of conventional gasoline cars</a> by 2025.<br /><br />The allure of electric cars is that they’ll run entirely on renewable energy like solar and wind – if not now, then at some point in the future. This is where proclamations like “green cars,” “carbon neutral” and “zero emissions” comes from. But when deconstructing the energy situation as we know it, no one shows how this assumption adds-up. For example, if we scan the renewable energy horizon, there are existing legitimate claims on this renewable energy for greener homes and public transit. No one, and especially the electric car enthusiasts, seem to be accounting for these competing claims.<br /><br />Before the world invests trillions of dollars and Euros, and unfathomable amounts of natural resources into transitioning to mass electric motorization, we need to ask more pointedly and critically: Where will the energy come from? And what will that look like?<br /><br />Let’s start with the existing claims on renewable electricity. All over the world, from <br />California to Europe to China, it is hoped that homes will be running on renewable energy, and this is considered key to a more sustainable climate future. In Denmark, arguably coming the closest to this goal (but with only 5 ? million people),<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/18/denmark-broke-world-record-for-wind-power-in-2015" target="_blank"> wind turbines can light most homes on certain days</a>. <br /><br />This is really impressive, and on windy days Denmark has more electricity than it knows what to do with. But in the winter, coal, gas, and household garbage are burned for heat, and Denmark’s boastful wind program is not scaled for running cars. Some dismiss this concern by saying batteries (yet to be built) can store wind-generated electricity as backup for days when winds are down.<br /><br />Yet shouldn’t this “stored wind” go to the homes and offices that don’t get the wind power when winds are calm? How is this battery scheme going to provide the same scale of car-mobility existing in Denmark (which is low compared to other motorized nations like Germany and the US)? And what about the electricity needed for fully electrifying Denmark’s railways and Copenhagen’s metro? Shouldn’t the wind go towards rail first? <br /><br />In California, where air conditioned Mc Mansions sprawl across deserts, <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304703804579379230641329484" target="_blank">the newest utility-scale solar installation can power 140,000 homes on an optimal day</a>. It cost over $2 billion with an 80% Federal subsidy. Now (doing back-of- the envelope math) build 87 more of those to supply existing 12-13 million homes in California, and an additional 40-50 or so for the 20 million additional Californians in 2050. <br /><br />That’s a massive industrial outlay. We might decide it is necessary to sacrifice deserts, but let’s make sure to recognize this only accounts for California’s homes, not exports to less sunny regions of the US, nor California industry and offices – and certainly not a mass electric car fleet (today California has 24 million cars).<br /><br />Now consider that California’s high speed rail program, currently under construction, claims 100 percent renewables in the future, and that Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento plan to expand electric rail in the next few decades –all purportedly carbon neutral. <br /><br />Add this into the energy mix: California has a declining snowpack for hydropower, which now provides less than 7 percent of the state’s electricity (can you say drought?). Wind, which has expanded rapidly in the past 15 years, and provides 5 percent of California electricity when it is windy, might be reaching build-out. The windy coast range passes are covered in turbines, except in places like affluent, and notoriously NIMBY Marin County or Big Sur. <br /><br />There’s offshore, but the real estate and tourism industry might balk at the view. The mighty Sierras could offer up some valleys if the locals and environmentalists agree. All of this is to say that California is possibly close to peak utility-scale wind, at least in the current land use politics regime.<br /><br />Then there are the renewables themselves. As electric car enthusiasts envision it, both electric cars and the renewables propelling them are carbon neutral and fossil fuel-free. Not so. The batteries, both for the cars and for the extensive storage of wind and solar power, are manufactured from mined materials, <a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2010/03/race-for-lithium-for-electric-cars-and.html">like lithium</a>, with many toxins and disposal problems. The battery factories, whether in China or Nevada, will not run on wind or solar (unless you divert wind and solar from households at a massive scale). The factories now, and in the future, will run on coal, gas, and oil.<br /><br />The nanomaterials take massive amounts of energy to produce, and will emit greenhouse gases far more intensive than carbon. There are magnets and rare earth metals. There will be steel, produced from iron. Denmark might produce a “green” electricity surplus on certain days in windy Jutland, but the true carbon footprint is displaced to China, Germany, and other global steel, batter, and car manufacturing centers.<br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/19181192545/" title="Electric cars are still fat, still take up an arrogant amount of space in cities and motorists still kill people. Reality check, please."><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/427/19181192545_23002a0fdb_n.jpg" width="320" height="320" alt="Electric cars are still fat, still take up an arrogant amount of space in cities and motorists still kill people. Reality check, please."></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /><br />Electric cars will continue to have rubber tires – that is, petroleum – as well as plastics, lead, aluminum, and all kinds of chemicals that contribute to more intensive GHGS than carbon. There will be vehicle maintenance including replacement tires and electrical gadgets, and then disposal or recycling. All taking massive amounts of energy and resources – none of which show up in California or Denmark’s GHG budgets.<br /><br />Solar, whether on the roof or in a desert array, also requires mining, conducted by fossil-fuel <br />equipment. Copper. Glass. Plastics. More aluminum. More intensive GHGs from plasma production equipment, more toxic waste, silicon wafers, various hydroxides, arsenic, lead, chromium, and more. Ditto for wind turbines – mining, fabrication, transporting, installation, land clearance, and carbon-intensive concrete to anchor and steady the towering turbines.<br /><br />To truly scale-up to a global mass electric car system, entire deserts, sweeping plains, all of our shallow seas, and all of our mountain passes will need to be completely covered in silicon, steel, and plastic. An escalation of energy consumption of tremendous proportions.<br /><br />Then there’s escalating mobility of the electric car. The driver will drive more thinking the car is green. Electric car/solar enthusiasts will resolve to cover their homes in panels to recharge home and car, straight out of the Whole Earth Catalogue, but this requires single-detached homes for optimal solarization– the formula for sprawl and more driving.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3ChChMpFVNA/V_Y84wYvtZI/AAAAAAAAK-g/kNeHhDPvbJQ1lYcMHU8veL0bJJcp_lfUACLcB/s1600/lifewithelectriccars002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="355" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3ChChMpFVNA/V_Y84wYvtZI/AAAAAAAAK-g/kNeHhDPvbJQ1lYcMHU8veL0bJJcp_lfUACLcB/s400/lifewithelectriccars002.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />The electric car, as a thing in itself, might not be such a bad thing in isolation. But the dream of mass electric motorization replacing our existing system of automobility might be a nightmare. Maybe we should save our fossil fuels and GHG emissions for constructing high speed rail and electrification of mass transit, look to human-powered bicycles and compact, walkable cities, all the while using the wind and solar arrays for our more-efficient homes. <br /><br />So here’s a challenge to the electric car industry and to anyone dreaming of an electric car future. Show us the numbers. Where will the energy come from, and what does that look like really?<br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24417328.post-77838946163877195692016-09-23T10:57:00.002+02:002016-09-23T13:37:40.810+02:00When a Public Space Doesn't Want You - Kv?sthusmolen<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29243720873/in/dateposted-public/" title="The Bicycle Chef on Kv?sthus Pier"><img alt="The Bicycle Chef on Kv?sthus Pier" height="480" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8357/29243720873_8b2cef36b0_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br />A late-summer evening in Copenhagen. <a href="http://copenhagenize.eu/" target="_blank">Copenhagenize Design Company</a> arranged for <a href="http://www.cykelkokken.dk/" target="_blank">The Bicycle Chef - Cykelkokken </a>to serve up a delicious snack for our guests from the City of Bordeaux, including Mayors from surrounding municipalities, who were visiting our city to learn about bicycle urbanism and public space.<br /><br /><a href="http://cyclingwithoutage.org/" target="_blank">Ole Kassow from Cycling Without Age</a> was invited to spread his good word about his amazing project. Being urban designers, we thought it highly appropriate to exploit the potential of <a href="http://www.dac.dk/en/dac-life/copenhagen-x-galleri/cases/the-kvaesthus-project/" target="blank">Copenhagen's newest public space - Kv?sthusmolen</a>&nbsp;- a redevelopment of a quay in the heart of the Danish capital. <br /><br />Summer is lingering this year, but the space was rather empty at 18:30, with only a few people enjoying the evening. We arranged for the Bicycle Chef to meet us at the "Kissing Steps" and set up for serving our guests from his converted <a href="http://larryvsharry.com/" target="blank">Bullitt cargo bike</a>. <br /><br />It was going to be a classic Copenhagen arrangement. Or so we thought.<br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fNoplb-WbtM/V-TdUx_AaGI/AAAAAAAAK6g/wzX-WsgQ3qEBSPQEg_Sj79FLOTi9QochwCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B%2528410%2529.png"><img border="0" height="487" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fNoplb-WbtM/V-TdUx_AaGI/AAAAAAAAK6g/wzX-WsgQ3qEBSPQEg_Sj79FLOTi9QochwCLcB/s640/Screenshot%2B%2528410%2529.png" width="640" /></a><br /><br />In all the material about the new, public urban space, grand descriptions are employed. "<i>A space for cosy and quiet moments</i>", they tell us. "<i>A good urban space also invites people to linger</i>". Indeed. The spot we chose - the Kissing Steps - is "<i>a perfect place to share a moment in the sun.</i>" Not a dry eye in the house.<br /><br />There is nothing in those descriptions to indicate that using the space would result in an angry employee from the <a href="https://www.scandichotels.dk/front" target="_blank">Scandic Front hotel</a> nearby storming out to us in the middle of the urban space and informing us in no uncertain terms - read: rude - that we had to move. That the space upon which we stood was private property and that we had to leave it immediately.<br /><br />When we questioned this bizarre statement with comments about public space, we were informed by this man that it WASN'T public space - it was owned by <a href="https://kglteater.dk/om-os/det-kongelige-teaters-balletskole/kontakt/" target="_blank">The Royal Danish Theatre</a>&nbsp;- also located nearby - and that the Scandic Front hotel pays "<i>a lot of money</i>" to rent it. Therefore we, as Copenhageners with international guests, were not allowed to have a private picnic.<br /><br /><a href="http://ofeliaplads.dk/en/" target="blank"><img border="0" height="250" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y6FvWyzPWxk/V-Tlikoj5OI/AAAAAAAAK60/vpyuAhCc68kxNjfXEJOJsJJ68ffk_o2QACLcB/s640/Screenshot%2B%2528413%2529.png" width="640" /></a><br />Damn. There we were. Ready to experience a place for everything, a place for excitement and a place for US.<br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vq-fL-M7LNo/V-TdU1QPpzI/AAAAAAAAK6k/nQ6eqQKYGV8HnX_CfnvHSzn2srMgtMh_gCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B%2528409%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="148" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vq-fL-M7LNo/V-TdU1QPpzI/AAAAAAAAK6k/nQ6eqQKYGV8HnX_CfnvHSzn2srMgtMh_gCLcB/s200/Screenshot%2B%2528409%2529.png" width="200" /></a> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KaOdySSMGAI/V-TdUzx2DFI/AAAAAAAAK6c/IH4lGwl48HYC_wX-Lsr8SHVTfL_Hk3KMQCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B%2528411%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="134" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KaOdySSMGAI/V-TdUzx2DFI/AAAAAAAAK6c/IH4lGwl48HYC_wX-Lsr8SHVTfL_Hk3KMQCLcB/s200/Screenshot%2B%2528411%2529.png" width="200" /></a><br /><br /><br />We were ready for a vibrant urban space and nine steps for kissing! As <a href="http://www.realdania.org/" target="blank">RealDania, the philanthropic fund</a> who financed it says on <a href="http://www.kvaesthusprojektet.dk/english" target="blank">the project website</a>, the goal with the space was:<br /><br /><i>? creating an urban space which communicates the transition between Frederiksstaden and Holmen through a wide architectural “embrace” that extends the classical understanding of space in Frederiksstaden, staged through a sensual mixture of materials and a “fairy-tale” composition of lighting, which in itself makes the square enticing; both day and night?</i><br /><i>? to soften the transition between land and sea, e.g. with a stairway, and to enable a broad spectrum of recreational activities on and by the water?</i><br /><br />RealDania's declared mission is "<i>To improve quality of life for the common good through the built environment</i>".<br /><br />What an amazing array of glossy, marketing texts about this new destination.<br /><br /><br />We were the only people in the space at that moment. The outdoor seating for the hotel was packed up for the evening - and probably the rest of the year. While Angry Hotel Man didn't seem very certain about his claims, we had distinguished guests arriving so we chose to avoid educating him in public space and, instead, roll over to the other area on Kv?sthusmolen, along the harbour, to begin our evening.<br /><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29244296443/in/dateposted-public/" title="The Lulu and Cykelkokken"><img alt="The Lulu and Cykelkokken" height="180" src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8022/29244296443_0c5741ff7f_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/29577284720/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ole Kassow"><img alt="Ole Kassow" height="180" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8192/29577284720_9e356f75f0_m.jpg" width="240" /></a><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><br /><a href="http://www.thursday.tw/2016/09/the-lulu-solves-congestion-road-safety.html">The World's Youngest Urbanist, The Lulu</a>, helped Morten out preparing for our guests. Ole Kassow did his magic and all went well.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.ltarkitekter.dk/" target="blank"><img border="0" height="384" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oCy8_MWIzh4/V-TdM-rfFyI/AAAAAAAAK6Y/abT_2QniGKUm8LUCmJNX-XkeaSSW02gLgCLcB/s640/kv%25C3%25A6sthusprojektet02.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><i>Kv?sthusmolen was designed by <a href="http://www.ltarkitekter.dk/" target="blank">Danish architects Lundberg &amp; Tranberg</a>.</i><br /><br />The question remains. Can you boldy proclaim "public space" and then try to kick people off of it? And in a city that prides itself on public space like few others? The lines between private and public are blurred here on Kv?sthusmolen. The Royal Danish Theatre even tries to brand the space as Ofelia Plads / Ofelia Square, complete with a website. Even though the official name is Kv?sthusmolen.<br /><br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vCEcHY3mz_c/V-UHYahaDkI/AAAAAAAAK7E/_D1LsEHwFLQEYTrA0l9Fas6St706yll7ACLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B%2528412%2529.png"><img border="0" height="156" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vCEcHY3mz_c/V-UHYahaDkI/AAAAAAAAK7E/_D1LsEHwFLQEYTrA0l9Fas6St706yll7ACLcB/s320/Screenshot%2B%2528412%2529.png" width="320" /></a><br /><i>Screengrab from The Royal Danish Theatre's website. Just because it's weird.</i><br /><br />As Mayor Morten Kabell has said, "<i>There is nothing called Ofelia Plads - except in the imagination of The Royal Theatre</i>".<br /><br /><b>Addendum</b><br /><i>Mayor Morten Kabell, on Facebook, has looked into this. He writes:</i><br /><i><br /></i><i><span style="background-color: #f6f7f9; color: #1d2129; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The stairs and Kv?sthusmolen is owned by the Ministry of Culture and administered by ofeliaplads.dk. They have leased a part of the place to Scandic Hotel for restaurant purposes, but far from it all. On the hotel's area you cannot make a private event or picnic.</span><br style="background-color: #f6f7f9; color: #1d2129; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;" /><br style="background-color: #f6f7f9; color: #1d2129; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;" /><span style="background-color: #f6f7f9; color: #1d2129; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">But at the rest of Kv?sthusmolen, you can sit and enjoy yourselves, have a picnic and so on. When it amounts to a bigger event, you have to apply for permission from ofeliaplads.dk just like you'd have to if the area was owned by the city.</span></i><br /><i><br /></i>We weren't in the (closed) cafe space near the hotel. We were in the middle of the area. It would be interesting to see a plan showing the exact lease area. The whole area was deserted. You would think that creating some life in the space would be regarded as beneficial to everyone, including the businesses.<br /><br />But hey. So maybe it's a free-for-all in this new urban space. Organisations can make up names for it. Hotels can kick you out of it - and, what's worse, <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189541-d206753-Reviews-Scandic_Front-Copenhagen_Zealand.html" target="blank">hotels that only have a dismal 3.5 rating on Trip Advisor</a>.<br /><br />This may be routine in other cities in the world. This is not, however, fitting in the Copenhagen in which I choose to live and work.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.</div>Colville-Andersenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16749740728099129703noreply@blogger.com

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