23 November 2007
Socially Acceptable Transport
It has to be said that biking in Copenhagen - or anywhere for that matter - is an inherently sociable affair. Off to the cinema? A party? To university? You ride your bikes together. Have a chat.
We're not wanting to sound all organic and ultra left-wing here, but riding your bikes and chatting in the fresh air is quite enjoyable. Beats sitting in a car in stop and go traffic anyday. Although biking can't compete with that wonderful road movie feeling when we drive to France or Italy in the summer. Both worlds have their charms.
Then of course there is that wonderful, oft-repeated Copenhagen experience of meeting someone you know while riding about, like the two Copenhageners above. Happens pretty much several times a week. Especially on the busy bike lanes that feature between 10,000 - 25,000 bikes a day... you're bound to see people you know while riding to work.
Bike lanes are also aesthetic forums for a goodbye kiss. Shortly after this shot was taken, they both sped off in different directions. We're quite sure, however, that they'll hook up again later.
With all that said, it may not be wise to pedal happily along, chatting with a friend, if you don't have dedicated bike lanes or live in a city where motorists are not yet used to sharing the road. But we'll leave it up to you.
One of us has whipped up a little set over at Flickr called Biking With Friends wherein you'll find several other socialable photos from Copenhagen of locals.
Or click on one of the photos below to hop right in.