28 December 2008
In a way the photo is deceptive. It shows acceleration, movement, muscles propelling the bicycle forward - but the speed is not excessive. The Copenhagener is merely using her high-heels to get the bike into motion off the light. She continued on at a sensible pace. I would guess it was around the Copenhagen average of 15 km/h.
Interesting, in a way. When 500,000 Copenhagners pedal around the city en masse each day the speed that they average is 15 km/h. This speed could never have been predicted by any expert but it is the speed that cyclists in an urban landscape have settles upon. It's a good speed.