Friday, August 27, 2010

Cycle CPH 

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
This video is almost heartbreakingly great. It would be hard to be anything but jealous of a town where people of all ages and abilities can casually roll along safely in a protected lane or next to courteous and easy moving traffic. One of the incredible statistics about cycling in Copenhagen is that as the numbers of people commuting by bicycle went up, incidents and injuries went down. Notably, not only are drivers well educated about cyclists, but it seems Danish school kids are well educated in how to ride. It might be Pollyannaish to assume it's perfect but there is a definite lack of chaos apparent in this video.

Also apparent in this video is Ida Auken, biking babe and Danish Member of Parliament.

Danish member of Parliament and cycling advocate, Ida Auken. What are they feeding politicians in Denmark?

She points out that 55 percent of cyclists in the city are female. That's significant as it's another indicator that cyclists in Copenhagen are probably not your aggressive bike courier variety but include a lot of moms who feel secure enough to bike around with crate loads of kids. I don't know if this will ever happen in Toronto, but if in 25 years I look around T.O. and see that level of cylist to driver ratio, I'll be very happy.

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