17 August 2008
Two Sunday Photos & A Stolen Bike
In the morning traffic she rode along sipping a chocolate milk.
There is nothing quite so wonderful to see as cyclists who feel secure on the bike lanes of Copenhagen. Indeed, a majority of Copenhageners say, when polled, that they feel safe in the traffic on their bikes.
Our mate Nikolas, in Washington D.C. sent us this story from the local news. The management at the city's Union Station removed a woman's bicycle because it was ugly and they thought it was abandoned. Here's the link - watch the video on the right column.
Nikolas asked if our authorities have ever confiscated a working bicycle just because it was ugly and rusty.
Firstly, well over half the bikes in Copenhagen are ugly and rusty. They are mere workhorses. Nobody would dream of removing it for this reason. With that said, there are thousands of bikes that are gathered up each year, but not unless they are absolutley sure they are abandoned.
Rusty, clunky old bikes are the standard here. There is something aesthetically pleasing about rusty old bikes.
Indeed, if you forgot your bike somewhere, you can count on nature taking it back.
Nikolas said, "This begs the question, can one be Cycle Chic with an ugly bicycle?"
Absolutely, we say. We have earlier tracked a Copenhagen trend concering old bikes. For some reason, women who wear shoes by Louboutin often ride an old, beat up Raleigh. These old bikes are an integral part of our bike culture and they're not going away anytime soon.