Family Trips on Pedal Power

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Imagine making the school run or taking a trip to the park in one of these beauties. No parking tickets, no gas stops. Christiania bikes (named after that area of Copenhagen) are a favourite among families in Copenhagen, with 25% of families with two or more children using this mode of transport to propel their family around the city.

These bikes can carry up to four children and are often decked out with stickers, sun shades, and oversize bells. They are easy to manoeuvre and can be seen rolling through the streets with passengers or other cargo at all times of the day.

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— Matt in Copenhagen

The Orange Snake

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So, a friend sent me a picture of an orange bike bridge here in Copenhagen (see the article below) and it really captured my imagination – not only the fact that a government would boldly fund a bridge over water just for bikes, but that they would make it so obvious by painting it bright orange!

Affectionately known as “The Orange Snake” the bridge links one side of Copenhagen with another. It is well used as there is a large shopping mall on one side. The bridge was built because this area was such a popular bike route and locals had to walk their bikes up steps. The orange snake winds it’s way through the shopping centre and looks great.

Here’s a great article from The Guardian on the subject: Why can’t all cities have bike bridges like Copenhagen’s new Cycle Snake?

— Matt in Copenhagen

Bike Lanes Built With Intent

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Okay, so have you ever biked along those bike lanes in Hamilton that are about 2 feet wide and then suddenly come to an end? Then you have to suddenly compete with cars in the right hand lane as both rider and driver are confused about who should occupy the road.

No such confusion here in Copenhagen! The bike lanes here were built with intent, and cars and bikes are clearly separated. Check out these pics. No cars parked in the bike lanes and some bike lanes even have a curb or median that separates cars and bikes. Makes biking easy and safe. It is the quickest way to get around. Danes joke they can’t afford a car. They are not talking about the cost, they’re talking about the wasted time in traffic.

 
— Matt in Copenhagen

Copenhagen – the capital of Biking

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We arrived in Copenhagen – the capital of biking today. What a place! There are bikes everywhere. Everyone rides into the city and back. All ages, both sexes, all people. We have not seen a chubby Dane yet. Danes appear in great shape and it doesn’t seem to matter whether they are wearing jeans, shorts, skirts, or a suit; they all bike.

Here are a couple of pictures of my family and the double levelled parking of bikes at Norreport Metro Station in Copenhagen. There are so many bikes they have to create an upper level of storage. Check back soon for news on the bike lines. They have to be seen to be believed.

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— Matt in Copenhagen

Spring Bike Ride – April 13

Spring Bike Ride - April 13

Finally! Some great riding weather. It was a sunny 20 degrees with a light breeze – great spring weather for a good ride. Lots of guys made it out for the 25 km waterfront ride from Williams at Pier 8 to Dundas and back. Good to see lots of new faces joining us for the ride.

We stayed on hard top all the way, so even the nice road bikes could make it. Some mountain bikers wanted to go off-roading around the Spencer Creek mark, but we held it together to make it to Domestique Cyclo Cafe, in Dundas, to refuel on food and drink and some good laughs. Great time hanging out there, and we really appreciate Krys and his staff at Domestique coping with 40 guys all showing up within a half hour. They did a great job.

Looking forward to getting out again soon. Some guys are talking about road biking, others about mountain biking, and some about getting our older kids out for a ride. Check back for more details of other rides and remember, it’s Bikes’N’Burgers in September!