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        22 November 2019

        7550 New Bike Parking Spots at Copenhagen Central Station

        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        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.

        Even in Basel they have 800+. In Antwerp they have this. Don't even get me started on the Dutch. 12,500 bike parking spots are on the way in some place called Utrecht. Amsterdam has a multi-story bike parking facility, floating bicycle barges round the back and are planning 7000 more spots underwater.

        Even at the nation's busiest train station, N?rreport, the recent and fancy redesign failed miserably in providing parking that is adequate for the demand. Architects once again failing to respond to actual urban needs.

        It is time to remedy that. Here is my design for 7550 bike parking spots behind Copenhagen Central Station. Steve C. Montebello is the architect that I worked closely with.

        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        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.

        In our work on the EU project BiTiBi.eu - Bike Train Bike - we have been focused on parking solutions at train stations. It was a natural evolution to use that experience in developing this project.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        The structure is supported by columns and utilises the existing platforms below, which dictated the shape that we decided upon.

        There are:
        - 6880 bike parking spots in double-decker racks. This can be expanded with 1360 more if necessary.
        - 30 dedicated cargo bike parking spots featuring.
        - 640 secure, indoor bike parking spots in the green roofed building at left (above).
        - A bike shop for repairs and maintenence.
        - Ticket machines and displays for departures and arrivals of trains and buses.
        - At the end of the long point, the belvedere will be the world's premiere, dedicated lookout spot design for trainspotters.

        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        Here is the view of the area as it is today.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        There are four on/off ramps from Tietgens Bridge for ease-of-access.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        A secure bicycle parking facility will house 640 bikes.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        We used 3D models of bike racks courtesy of our colleagues at the Dutch company Falco. They know a thing or two about bike racks.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        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.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        The parking with have signs with areas divided up alphabetically, so you can find your bike again.
        Copenhagenize Design Co. - Bike Parking at Central Station
        There is access to the three platforms below by stairs that will, of course, have bike ramps. Duh.

        This facility will right so many wrongs and will thrust Copenhagen into the 21st century regarding bicycle parking at train stations. If we are  to maintain the momentum of a blossoming bicycle-friendly city, we need to up our game regarding parking.

        17 June 2014

        Bike-Train-Bike - Connecting Bicycles and Trains in Europe

        Copenhagenize Design Co.'s team, all the partners involved in BiTiBi - Bike-Train-Bike – and the European Commission are glad to launch today our new EU project.

        BiTiBi is an EU-funded, three year project to promote the intermodal use of bicycles and public transit in urban commuting throughout Europe. Indeed, the future of urban mobility is a return to a tried and tested combination of bicycles and trains. Combining the two most energy efficient modes of transportation, the bicycle and the train, provides a seamless door-to-door transport connection. The project aims at improving the livability of European cities and improving the energy efficiency of our transport.

        It is not realistic to expect everyone to bicycle 15km to and from the office, but to cycle a few kilometers each way and hop on the train for the bulk of the trip could dramatically provide countless economic, social and environmental benefits for urban regions. From 2014 to 2017, BiTiBi will work with partner municipalities, train operators, bike share schemes and other actors involved in achieving a more energy efficient commute throughout several European cities.

        Innovative pilot projects will be implemented in the regions of Barcelona, Milan, Liverpool and in Belgium with the help of ten partners, in order to inspire all European cities to consider a modern, multimodal approach to transport.

        5.5_BiTiBi_project_website_banner_CIZE_20140604_yyy2In the Netherlands, the OV-fiets public bike system is available at the train stations. It will be used as the model inspiring the development of the pilots in the other cities. Indeed, BiTiBi services will use the Dutch model in general as inspiration in promoting the bike-train-bike modal merger over cars and the combination of cars and trains. The project aims to solve the typical issues such as lack of parking for bikes at stations; no last mile solution when taking the train; ineffective fare integration or worse, none at all; bike services not corresponding to user needs; no bicycle friendly access to train stations; lack of knowledge about the available services and cultural barriers to use a train-bike-train combination.

        In cities of Spain, England, Italy and Belgium commuters will find in the coming years an efficient way to reach every morning the train station and then their final destination.

        In three years, in the scope of the pilots, safe and convenient bike parking facilities at train stations will be implemented, public bikes and integrate payment system of bike and rail services will be provided. During all these years, partners will communication the advantages for combining bicycles and trains and share the results of these intermodal experiences.

        You will be able to follow all the news concerning BiTiBi on the dedicated website. Moreover, the Facebook page /biketrainbike – and the Twitter @biketrainbike will allow to keep in touch with the newly launched project.

        Discover the BiTiBi Vimeo channel and the Instagram #BiTiBi.

        Please find on the website, the presentation of BiTiBi in Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
        We're looking forward to sharing with you all along the three years interesting news about how Europe in moving forward regarding combining bike and train.

        14 February 2014

        Malm? Opens Fantastic Bike&Ride Parking at Central Station

        13 Février 2014Copenhagenize Design Company was pleased to have been invited across the ?resund to the grand opening of the City of Malm?'s brand new Bike&Ride parking facility at the central station. On a sunny morning, the ceremonial ribbon - strung between two cargo bikes - was cut. Malm? is Sweden's leading bicycle city - so much so that it features in the Top 20 on The Copenhagenize Index of Bicycle Friendly Cities. It is a premier bicycle city with around 30% of the population using bicycles each day to go to work or education.

        This brand-new Bike&Ride facility will host more than 1,500 bikes and there are even - be still our hearts - dedicated spaces for cargo bikes. There are loads of details; two air pumps, a bike shop, lockers, numerous screens showing train departure and arrival times, restrooms, a lounge if you have to wait for the train. There is even a single shower for the odd "cyclist" who might fancy a spandex ride. Generally, the facility is geared towards the Citizen Cyclist population of the country's third largest city.


        Parking is free at Bike&Ride and there is 24/7 access. It is patrolled by station guards throughout the day. 

        There is, however, a separate section for those who want some extra protection. A secure parking area for 700 bicycles based on a subscription service. It costs 80 kroner a month and you get a chip card. Although if you have a transit card, you can combine it with that.

        There are numbers painted on the floor to help users remember where they parked so they don't have to wander around looking for a black bicycle in a sea of black bicycles. All of it with a fresh orange colour and cool, Nordic graphic design.

        One great detail is the height of the bars in the cargo bike area. Too low for regular bikes to be leaned against them.

        Our über intern Dennis, who studies at the University of Utrecht, was impressed with the second tier bike racks. Excellent ease of use, he says. There is a low bar on them to lock your bike to and they require little effort to lift up and put into place.


        Access to the secure parking area is, of course, wide enough for cargo bikes, too.

        One of the waiting areas, with water fountain.

        The Bike&Ride is located under the bus station and connects directly with the train platforms. It's partially underground but it is lovely and bright because of excellent lighting and windows and glass doors. 

        All the signs, pictograms and colours (orange and green) used make the facility attractive and user-friendly. We mustn't forget to highlight how important it is to use architecture and design to make sure facilities fit the users. 


        In comparison, the Bike&Ride parking located at Hyllie Station on the outskirts of Malm? that opened in 2010 seems less appealing even if it has the same facilities. 

        The upper level of bike parking is hardly used because you have to use a set of stairs with a ramp and the connection to the platforms is not at all direct. In the daily routine of a commuter, anything that makes it more inconvenient, however detailed, will not encourage them to consider changing their mode of transport. A2Bism is what we've always called it and Hyllie Station lacks that.

        Let's hurry up and get back to the new facility at Malm? Central. That's the main focus here. The City has proved how serious it is about improving conditions for cycling in an already exemplary cycling city. Their new Bike&Ride should embarrass the City of Copenhagen and they should be incredibly proud of it.
        Another 200 parking spaces are located outside, under a XIX century style roof. These spots are closer to the train station but, above all, they are important for the image of cycling. The City wanted to make sure that some bicycles remained outside the station. You don't want to remove them all. It's still important for everyone passing by to remember that Malm? is a bicycle city.

        Malm? has a vibrant bicycle culture and, in April, the City will recieve the results of a massive survey dealing with transport habits and we will know how the modal share of cyclists has changed over the last few years. Gathering data is something the Danes and the Swedes take very seriously.
        DSC_0059The bike shop called Bicycle Clinic.

        The ticket machines located conveniently at the bicycle parking.

        While we're dishing out love for Malm? here on Valentine's Day, we should also recall their brilliant behaviour change campaign - No Ridiculous Car Trips.

        Heja Malm?! 

        Here's what the parking around Malm? Central looked like until recently:
        Malm? Central Station Malm? Train Station Parking
        The Bicycle Island

        01 November 2012

        Visiting the Unused Motorway Tunnel in Zurich and Proposing a Monument

        Unused Motorway Tunnel under Zurich Central Station
        On my recent trip to Zurich to speak at TEDxZurich I was arranging an interview with a journalist for the Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger. I had heard about the motorway tunnel built 20 years ago under the Central Station and asked him if we could visit it. He arranged it and, after a bicycle ride around the city to assess - and mock - the state of the city's bicycle culture, we headed underground, accompanied by two gents from Swiss railways.

        The tunnel isn't long. It was built two decades ago during the construction of the Museumstrasse line station. It wasn't even intended for immediate use. The plan was that it would eventually be used to connect the A3 and A1 - Allmend Brunau and Neugut motorway junction.

        Unused Motorway Tunnel under Zurich Central Station
        I wanted to see the tunnel for two reasons. Firstly, it's just cool to see motorways and tunnels like this that have never been used. Never putrified with exhaust, its walls never shaken incessently by automobile traffic.

        I also wanted to visit it because I heard that the City of Zurich has plans to use it temporarily as a bicycle route to help get bicycle users past the nightmarishly engineered traffic around the Central Station. Between Kasernenstrasse and Sihlquai. In addition, they want to provide bicycle parking for over 1000 bicycles, with access to the station and the new tracks currently under construction beneath the motorway tunnel.

        Bicycle users - or anyone really - shouldn't be herded underground. They should be given safe, separated infrastructure on street level. But if this Monument to Over-funded Engineers is just sitting there, unused, then why not.

        There is no clear answer about whether the tunnel will be used for the bicycle solution. The idea is far-advanced but no definite call has been made. The idea is that it would be finished when the four new tracks beneath are finished in 2014.

        The temporary nature is because the City still - here in 2012 - plans to open the motorway connection in 20-30 years. Seriously. At that point I should hope cities had modernised enough so as not to need motorway connections beneath them or near them.
        Unused Motorway Tunnel under Zurich Central Station
        The human brain works in odd ways. When I was standing below ground in the tunnel, I was reminded of one of the most poignant monuments I have ever seen - and that has ever moved me.

        A simple glass window embedded in the cobblestones in the middle of Bebelplatz in Berlin. This is where Goebbels orchestrated the 1933 book burnings of literature that was deemed un-German and a threat to German values.

        The monument by Micha Ullman from 1995 is so very moving in its simplicity. Peer down through the glass window and you see white, empty bookshelves stretching away under the square. Bookshelf space for the books that were burned.

        Turn the Zurich tunnel into a bicycle route and parking. Fine. Use one side of the tunnel for that.

        But what about erecting a permanent monument to the destructive 100 year reign of Automobile Culture on the other side?

        Get children and adults alike from around the world to send a toy car and then stack them in the tunnel. One for every life lost to automobiles over the past 100 years.

        You'll need a couple of million toy cars, but that's what would make it brilliant, poignant and a powerful, symbolic monument for future generations.

        It would be in Switzerland, as well. A nation that prides itself on being home to global organisations dedicated to helping people.

        Hey... Maybe we should just all start sending toy cars to the City of Zurich? Telling them to please put them in the memorial under the train station?

        City of Zurich
        Allgemeine Verwaltung
        Postal address:
        Stadthaus, Postfach, 8022 Zürich

        I'd like the plaque at the entrance to use my quote at the beginning of the interview with the paper... in the caption below the photo.

        04 September 2012

        State of Copenhagen Congestion - Part 3

        Copenhagen Rush Hour
        The State of Copenhagen Congestion - Part 3 - The Bright Side
        by Lars Barfred
        (with additional info by Mikael Colville-Andersen)

        Read Part 1 // Read Part 2 -

        In this series, we are bluntly criticizing the politicians, the City planners, the Police and the Congestion Commission, as you may have figured out. I also need to pay my respects to the people who stick their neck out.

        Just after Part 1 of the Series was published, the mayor of the City's DoT, Ayfer Baykal, announced that her party SF (People's Socialist Party) aims to make yet another important shopping street much more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

        The first shopping street that was transformed and made pedestrian-only was Str?get, back in 1962. The street just celebrated its 50th anniversary this past weekend.

        Back then, everyone predicted sudden death for all the shops. It never happened and today it's the most expensive retail real estate space in Denmark, and has been for decades.

        The second big tranformation is the famous bus/bike street, N?rrebrogade, which was also criticized for killing retail. Few of the critics choose to remember that the street refit coincided with the financial crisis, which affected shops all over the nation. Or the fact that the people who actually live in the neighbourhood WANTED the new street and are happy about it.
        Also, many people, unfortunately, have become so accustomed to the externalities of big cities, that they become “qualities” associated with living in the “big” city (Copenhagen really isn't big).

        It is true that the initial test phase and the latter full reconstruction took a long time to complete and, coupled with the financial crisis, was hard on local trade but now it is finished. The increased number of pedestrians, public transport commuters and cyclists (bicycle traffic up 15%) far outweigh the reduction in potential car-driving customers. Most of the motorists were, as Italian transport planners call them, parasites anyway and only 29.1% of Copenhageners own cars so the benefits of more busses, cyclists and pedestrians were clear from the start.

        N?rrebrogade has become revitalized and again attracts new investments from retailers, restaurants and cafés. The hustle and bustle of the cars has been replaced with massive numbers of people on bikes and on foot. You can't shop at 50 km/h, but you certainly can on foot or on a bicycle. It's really reassuring - just the experience of crossing the road has become a sheer delight.

        It boggles the mind that resistance against traffic calming still exists. Last year we wrote an article about some shopkeepers who are complaining about traffic calming on H.C. ?rstedsvej. Saving the Street With Bicycles. As you can read, there is little rationality involved, only wrong perceptions.

        The third street to be tackled, if SF have their way, will be Amagerbrogade. The goal is a 50% decrease in the number of cars on this main artery - like N?rrebrogade.

        “The City is made for people, not metal boxes”, said Mayor Ayfer Baykal, and rightly so. One gets the feeling she is already looking at city elections in 2013. Last Monday she broadened out the perspective to include at least a handful more of the main streets in a number of the neighbourhoods. Strategically it was good timing, what with the 50th anniversary of Str?get.

        Politicians in the wealthy and arch-conservative neighbourhood, Gentofte, were quick to denounce the plans as paralyzing for their city, fearing it will end up as a parking lot for Copenhagen.

        Another town just outside Copenhagen, the much more progressive Lyngby, is more realistic and praising the step by step approach to reduce car-capacity. Now Lyngby can develop in a similar pace, and has decided to start metering parking, which until now has been free. Lyngby also participates along with a host of other capital region cities in building light rail systems and bicycle superhighways.

        The national conservative newspaper, Berlingske, not only reported the story of more traffic-calmed shopping streets, but they made it the top-priority and called it "war" with an editorial entitled The Capital Hates Cars.

        They are furious to a degree I suspect must have been pure rage. Virtually every sentence in the editorial is wrong. It would make Paul Ryan proud. I have never seen such poor journalism.

        From complaining about absurdly high parking prices (even though 75% of parking in the City is free and less than 1% breaks even on cost or makes a small profit) to complaining about no parking spaces at train stations (research shows almost all stations have available parking), and then forgetting (or choosing to ignore) the fact that most people who take the train prefer to get to the station by bicycle.

        Then this newspaper continues to blame the City for lack of investments in public transit - which they never blamed the right-wing government for neglecting - and guess who neglected the public transit system for a decade.
        Finally, knowing it not to be true, they predict the sudden death of retail, again!

        After playing an instrumental role in killing Copenhagen's congestion ring, Berlingske now have a taste of blood in the back of their throat. My bet is that they are going to continue charging like an SUV.

        Berlingske claims that the city is implementing a congestion ring through the backdoor, which I think would be fair since it has been the policy of the city for a decade and a half to reduce car traffic, but I am not that optimistic. While that would be great, the initiatives fall short of reducing car traffic by 30% within a time-frame of, say, ten years. Something a congestion ring could do in just 1 - 3 years.

        But I do complement the strategy. Political parties like SF and Enhedslisten (the far left) are trying to bang the drums more and more about creating 0040 km/h zones, restricting cross-town traffic through densely-populated neighbourhoods and redirecting it to the larger street system. The larger street system gradually, I hope, will be shared more and more equally with bus/light rail lanes, and wider bicycle lanes. And one day 40 km/h is maybe lowered to 30 km/h - like in so many other European cities - or even 20 km/h.

        It will be interesting to see if the center party (Radikale Venstre), who originally spearheaded N?rrebrogade, and the Social Democrats will support a city for people, or if they will continue the last couple of years insistence on promoting and facilitating more car growth.

        26 July 2012

        Small Town Sweden - Big Bicycle Culture

        Brom?lla Cycle Track
        Here's a brief reportage from a short R&R trip I made to Sweden earlier this week. The details of which you can read over at Cycle Chic - great getaway hotel if you're in Copenhagen or Sweden or are cycling touring in the Sk?ne area.

        I took the ?resunds train from Copenhagen Central to Brom?lla and from there it was a 7 km ride to the design hotel on the coast.

        I've written previously about even small towns in Sweden have excellent cycle tracks and even keep them cleared of snow in the winter. I've also briefly covered infrastructure between small towns in Denmark as well as the infrastructure connecting cities all over the land.

        While Denmark features over 10,000 km of national bicycle infrastructure connecting much of the nation, it is worth highlighting that Southern Sweden does just fine as well.

        Brom?lla Train Station Seatbelt on Train Bodelssons By The Sea_16
        The trains all have roomy bicycle compartments and I always get a kick out of the seatbelts for bicycles that are provided. My Crescent bicycle from 1955 has a sturdy double kickstand but with my bags on it, I secured it with the seatbelt just in case.

        From Brom?lla to the hotel I was led through the woods on a country lane by directions offered by the hotel. Lovely. On the way back to Brom?lla, I used the roadside cycle tracks.

        Brom?lla has a population of only 7400. And yet the town features cycle tracks on all the main streets. Including, if you look at the photo at the top, fully separated cycle track under the railway bridge.

        Brom?lla Nym?lla Cycle Track_1
        Between Brom?lla and Nym?lla (the latter with a population of 272), there are cycle tracks alongside the road the whole way. I passed several Citizen Cyclists along the way, even at midday on a Tuesday. In the town many elderly citizens were running their daily errands. The infrastructure makes them safe and makes them feel safe. Duh.

        Brom?lla Nym?lla Cycle Track_2 Brom?lla Nym?lla Cycle Track_3
        Signage along the cycle track specifically for the bicycle users and, at right, even a small town like Brom?lla has bicycle traffic signals for crossing the regional highway. I'm not a big fan of crossing buttons for pedestrians or cyclists, but when I hit the button the lights changed instantly so bicycle users are prioritised even here.

        Brom?lla Train Station Bicycle Parking_2

        Brom?lla Train Station Bicycle Parking_1 Brom?lla Train Station Bicycle Parking
        The bicycle parking at Brom?lla Station was adequate. There were three bike racks on three sides of the station with room for roughly 250 bikes - and they were well-used but not over-filled.

        Brom?lla - Swedens Smallest Library
        As an added bonus, I got to see Sweden's smallest library outside the station. With books free to take home and bring back - if you remember to. All very casual and cool.

        It was a warm and fuzzy feeling seeing this small town providing safe infrastructure for it's cycling citizens. Although it must be rather embarassing to see, for people in other regions and countries, that small Swedish towns in the boondocks are light years ahead or even large urban centres.

        14 April 2012

        Antwerp Bicycle Parking at Central Station

        Not only is Antwerp Central Station the most beautiful train station I've ever seen, they have the most gorgeous and comprehensive bicycle parking facility I've ever seen. Nothing, anywhere, can beat this.

        28 February 2012

        Hi, Cyclist! Your Bicycle is Here

        Hej Cyclist Here is Your Bicycle_2
        The area surrounding the nation's busiest train station, N?rreport, is a labyrinth of construction as the City is renovating the on-street facilities and making it a nicer place. The result is that there is less space available so the City of Copenhagen has these signs up on K?bmagergade, near the station. We are always thrilled to Copenhagenize Consulting's "Hej Cyklist" behavourial communication template in use. This campaign was developed for the City by the consultancy Atkins Danmark. It reads:

        Hej Cyclist! Can't you find your bicycle?
        It's now parked in Rosenborggade.

        In order to create space for everyone, we've drawn a bicycle parking zone here on K?bmagergade. Bicycles parked outside the zone may be moved to the bicycle parking zone in Rosenborggade.

        They include a little map so you can find your bicycle. How lovely.
        Hej Cyclist Here is Your Bicycle
        Around the corner, here are the bicycles that have been moved. A cool design of the photo that combines the bicycles on the sign with the bicycles parked behind it.

        It reads:

        Hi, Cyclist!

        Your bicycle is here. If your bicycle wasn't parked in the parking zone on K?bmagergade, we moved it here. Now there is better space for everyone.

        Hej Cyclist Here is Your Bicycle_1
        Here's the other angle.

        N?rreport Temporary Parking
        Up by the station, here is some more temporary parking. Looking forward to when the station area is finished being renovated, but we like the fact that these racks are placed smack in the middle of what used to be motor vehicle lanes.

        Here are some related signage examples:
        "Maybe We Moved Your Bicycle" - polite signs from the City of Copenhagen let bicycle users know where to find their bicycle when it's been moved away from emergency exits leading up from the Metro.

        "Copenhagen's Bicycle Butlers - Park Illegally and get your chain oiled and tires pumped". The Bicycle Butlers have been a massive success.

        "Walk your bicycle on the train station platform" - A firm message but with a soft and appealing graphic.

        29 December 2011

        Plastic Fantastic Bike Racks

        Bike Racks Hedehusene_7
        You'd be excused for not having a clue what you're looking at right now. Innovation sometimes goes wrong, but at least the thought was a good, noble one.

        Bike Racks Hedehusene_3
        Bicycle racks outside Hedehusene Station, west of Copenhagen. I know about them and have seen them from the train to Roskilde countless times. There aren't many places that still have these bicycle racks anymore so when I rode to Roskilde for christmas (previous post) I stopped to take some photos. A rather overcomplicated attempt to provide covered parking for bicycles to protect them from the rain. I've never actually seen them in use, so I was suprised to see that four or five bicycles were parked underneath the plastic fantastic contraptions.

        Bike Racks Hedehusene_1 Bike Racks Hedehusene_6
        A good idea that never fit in with the Danish desire for ease-of-use and convenience.

        If anyone knows when these racks were developed, please let us know in the comments.

        22 December 2011

        Innovative Bike Rack in Aalborg

        Aalborg Bike Rack_4
        On a recent visit to the northern Danish city of Aalborg - to speak at a Social Media conference - I spotted these innovative bicycle racks outside the Nordkraft cultural centre. Aalborg has a healthy bicycle culture but they only have a modal share of about 20% or so.

        These racks are a variation on the double-decker bicycle rack so often seen in Denmark, and these stands have spots for four bicycles. Two on the ground and two in the air. Space-saving solution that was used by two bicycles when I first checked it out and then two more when I left.
        Aalborg Bike Rack_3
        Plus, it looks lovely. Street art featuring bicycles and a practical parking solution all at once.

        Aalborg Bike Rack_1 Aalborg Bike Rack

        Copenhagen Parking
        Double decker bike racks are nothing new. Many places in Denmark feature them - most often, it seems - at train stations. It never ceases to amaze me how people from places where bicycle culture isn't mainstream so often say, "how do you get the bike UP there?!"

        We lift it.

        Once you've seen a Copenhagen supermum lifting her upright bike up onto the top rack in a flash, you realise it's no big deal. If you - as an average healthy person - can't lift 20-odd kilos you may have other issues that need to be addressed. Sure, there are double-decker bike racks that have been designed that make it easier, which is nice, but decades of these racks in action show that in a mainstream bicycle culture they are well-used and work.

        Double Decker Bike Rack Double Decker Bike Racks