Methinks we're seeing a pattern here. We're heading into deep autumn here in Copenhagen and it certainly appears that the best colour to go with yellowing leaves is... red. As these morning commuting shots attest.
Matching your clothes to the colours of the seasons is a much underrated pursuit but no less important than matching your clothes to your bicycle of choice.
It's also wonderful to consider how the simple act of cycling can easily become a painting.
And the boots are back, for sure.
As we ease into winter through the transition of autumn here in Copenhagen, we're in the midst of another transitional in mainstream bicycle culture. We love to see all the lovely hats and scarves and gloves come out.
Gloves are one thing that always trigger a one or two week period where we start to realise that it may be time to break them out. We all know it well here. You head off one morning and realise it's damn chilly but your gloves are packed away somewhere in your home. You make a mental note to yourself to dig them out. You forget. Next chilly day, another mental note.
Eventually, you find them and put them by the door. Then you forget to take them when you leave. You finally remember to take them with you, and put them on. In the afternoon, however, heading home or onwards into the evening, they're in your bag or your pockets. Then the chill catches you unawares once again. You'll ride along, fishing them out of your pocket or dig them out at a red light, like the photo above, and put them. Unless of course you just think... "I don't have far to go... I'll suck it up."
After this seasonal transitional phase (the exact opposite is true in the spring), your gloves become second nature. They're rarely forgotten and keep your fingers warm until the spring launches its Occupy Winter rallies in March and April.
We felt like showing a little series of red gloves from Copenhagen but whatever the colour or fabric or style, the bike lanes of Copenhagen will soon be coloured with them.
live in the borough of Vesterbro in Copenhagen. I cycle every day
with this vintage mid-race bike."
is your favorite route in Copenhagen?"
love the route I cycle to go to work. I ride through my borough,
which is very lively, and then I cross the harbor using nice bridges.
During this commute I get many experiences in one.”
is your most unforgettable memory related to cycling in this city?"
first bike trip on a cargo-bike was quite an experience. A while
after I settled down here, I borrowed a cargo-bike. I cycled very
slowly because I was afraid it could tilt. But nothing happened and I
realized that it was the safest bike ride I've ever had."
"I'm from Ghent in Belgium. I'm in Copenhagen for a couple of days to visit the city.
I'm used to cycling in my own city but in Ghent we don't have these completely separated lanes. The tram in Ghent makes cycling in the city a bit more complicated, especially when it rains.
In Belgium, I cycle often from Ghent to my parents' town. It's 35 km away from Ghent but I just have to follow the canal. Sometimes, on this track, I run into my friends who are heading back to their hometown, too, and we cycle together."
from Copenhagen. I cycle every day with this second-hand bike.
Cycling does cost anything and it's a good way to exercise, so I
don't even have to think about going to the gym.
cycling in Nørrebrogade, since the bike lanes are extremely wide. I
also appreciate cycling along the lakes, on the bike lane covered by
I think that in Copenhagen, you have a nice dynamic
thanks of the cyclists riding in the streets and you don't find it in
“What is the funniest memory from your
childhood related to cycling?” “A friend and I liked riding
our bikes without the hands on the handlebar. But an old man living
in the street was always annoyed seeing us doing that. He was always
shouting that it was dangerous and he did not want to call the
ambulance. But we never stop doing it."
bought it when I started working as a carpenter. The workshop was 20
km from my home. I preferred biking than taking the bus, in order to
manage my own time. So, I bought this race bike. It's a bike from the
70's, I think.
finish, I just would like to suggest that people should bike more.”
have been living in Copenhagen for many years. I cycle here every day
with my purple bike. Actually, I live a little bit outside the city,
7 km from here (the city-center). I work at the Royal Theatre.”
you have a favorite route when you cycle through the city?”
course! I like to bike in the center. The atmosphere is so cosy and
the streets are full of people.”
you noticed that here we're in a bicycle street? Cars must follow the
pace of the cyclists.”
But it's really interesting.”
bike and your earrings are the same color.”
not a coincidence. I like pink and purple. I receive lots of
compliments about my bike. People don't hesitate to tell me that
seeing a purple bike makes them happy. It happened to me a couple of
time. I didn't know these people, they just came to me - quite often
when it was a grey day - and they said “I'm sorry... but I would
like to say... your bike... it makes me so happy”. So, I replied
that I'm really happy too. It gives me lots of good energy.”