19 December 2014

Business Bike Attire

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Many business people enjoy riding their bikes in Copenhagen.

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At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the ratio between people taking cars and bikes is around 50/50.
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The Ministry also has a pool of official city bikes for meetings at Parliament etc.
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And like most Danish workspaces we have showers for those who have a long trek in the morning.
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Happy Cycling!


17 December 2014

Winter Urban Cycling Mood

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Winter cycling moods with a spot of neige. The grey winter days cause things and people to lose their edges and become diffuse.

15 December 2014

Christmas Tree Transport

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Lulu and I were unlocking our bikes outside the school, ready to head home, when one of fantastic teachers at our school walked past the bike racks pulling a trailer. "Where are you going with that, Heidi?", asked inquisitive Lulu.

"I'm picking up a christmas tree on the way home and I'm borrowing one of the school's bike trailers."

I couldn't let THAT photo opportunity pass me by, so Lulu and I met Heidi at the flower shop where she was buying her tree.

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After a classic Copenhagener discussion about how to position it in the trailer (every Copenhagener has an opinion on how to transport stuff by bike), Heidi went with what really is the best option. Standing tall. She tied it down a bit to be sure and then she was ready to go.

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A few snaps of the camera later, and Heidi was heading home to the Nørrebro neighbourhood in the evening bicycle traffic with this year's tree.

I love Copenhagen.

For more photos of christmas trees transported by bicycle, have a look right here.

10 December 2014

Bicycle Furniture

Bullitt Sofa
I have this Bullitt cargo bike parked in my living room and it took my kids 0.5 seconds to figure out that it can be used to watch films or play games on the XBox. Now we use it as a sofa slash chair slash jungle gym.

As cool as that may be, it does NOT beat this:

Because this is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen in the bicycle furnishing category. Fantastic!

8 December 2014

Blurry Nocturnalness

Christmas Tree Going Home
Sometimes the nights are a bit blurry.
Golden

Blur

3 December 2014

Portraits of Cyclists: Mathilde - “This is Copenhagen!”

Mathilde - Portrait


I'm from Copenhagen. I bike to work every day. I've always got a classic city bike like this one.

I really appreciate cycling on this bridge. Sometimes, here on Louises Dronning Bro the line of bikes waiting at the traffic light is longer than the car one. I don't know exactly what to say about that, but this is Copenhagen!

Photographers and journalists often film this bridge since it is always full of cyclists.

Do you have a specific memory from your childhood relating to cycling?”

My parents got divorced but for one of my birthdays they both celebrated it with me and they offered me a bicycle. I still remember very well this birthday and this bike.”


2015 is just around the corner, it's the moment to get your Cycle Chic Calendar. It is available here and it will arrive on time for Christmas.  

Mathilde

More pictures of Copenhagen on Byliv in CPH.


Holiday Shopping Season


It's that time of year. For a lot of different things. We can certainly question the the all-powerful consumerism that is ever-present in our society, but that may be subject matter for another blog.

The fact is, people have stuff to buy in December. Lots of stuff. Christmas trees are among that stuff and over at Copenhagenize.com you can see how THAT gets done by bicycle. Then there are presents, food, you name it. It all needs to be transported around. From A to B and on to C. In Copenhagen, a lot of that is done by bicycle, too.

The weather doesn't always work with you when you cast yourself headlong into the shopping frenzy, but a bicycle gets the job done.

Bicycle baskets serve their purpose on shopping expeditions.

Although a strong shoulder is functional as well.

A kids seat provides extra load capacity for the bigger stuff you need to get home.

The strap on the kids seats comes in handy, too. Then there is the back rack found on virtually every bicycle. That's what it's there for.

You don't always need to ride the bicycle when hungry guests are on the way,

Front racks are booming in popularity, meaning bigger stuff is coming home with you on your bicycle.

You get to contemplate your purchase all the way home, which may be a good or a bad thing.

You can, of course, plan early for the holiday season, starting your shopping in the summer.

For more info on transporting stuff by bike, visit Cyclelogistics.eu.

2 December 2014

The Cycle Calendar 2015 is out now!

The 7th annual Cycle Chic Calendar is out now. Photography by Clotilde Imbert from Copenhagenize Design Company.

Portraits of Copenhagen bicycle users to regard all year. Get your copy of the Cycle Chic Calendar 2015 over at Lulu.com.

1 December 2014

Monday Morning Blues

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No need to let those a harsh Monday morning get you down. Just look how you can be perfectly dressed to conquer those blues!

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Navigating the city. There's always a way out...
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Dressed like a queen.
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Choosing the easy way to commute.
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Happy Cycling!


28 November 2014

BootLeg(s)

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Elegant boots to match every occasion.

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Sporty Cavalry style boots.
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Extravagant flowered rubber boots.
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Neat shorty boots.
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Happy Cycling!


26 November 2014

3 is a Cycling Crowd

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Even though people always want more space more and more cycle paths offer space for 3 people cycling together. So you can plan your weekend together or exchange the latest news bits.

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Look-a-like trio roaming Copenhagen.
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Threesome out nightclubbing.
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Copenhagen Cycle Police out in force.
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Happy cycling!


The Impossible Length of Autumn Bicycle Shadows

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It's that season again. We're transitioning into winter. It's hard to describe Nordic light. It changes radically throughout the year and has a thousand variations. All beautiful. In autumn - and spring - there are many signals that we're changing seasons. One of them is the growing length of the shadows as the sun hangs lower in the sky.

Shadows become impossibly long.
Cyclist Shadows
So long that it sometimes feels like they wrap around the whole world and you have to chase yourself down the cycle tracks.
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The morning light is crisper and sharper than ever. Your shadow follows you along as you squint into the sunrise.
Longshadow Chasing
Shadows of this length make you contemplate yourself and your size on the urban landscape.
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You're often much larger than life.
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The quality of the light offers up shadows that are sharply defined around the edges.
Dual Shadowism

Larger Than Life
You often can't help but notice yourself on the urban landscape.
Nordic Evenings
Sometimes your shadow chases you, sometimes you follow your shadow through the city.
Overtaking
The length of time it takes to overtake another bicycle user increases drastically when your shadows are this long.
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Wartime
Nordic light and it's accompanying shadows are timeless. Here a famous photograph from Tage Christiansen during the 1940s.

24 November 2014

Its Raining! – Its Pouring!

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Rain is a fact of life when you are cycling in Denmark. This year has already seen its fair share of downpour – and then some.

But even heavy rain can be braved in style.

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Some have proper rain clothes.
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Others brave the elements.
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Which reminds me that I was once asked in Japan what we would do if it started to rain during a cycle promotion I helped organize: “We get wet!”.
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Happy Cycling!