27 May 2010
St Copenburg / St Petershagen
The Dreams on Wheels exhibition in St. Petersburg was held in a cool old industrial building, home to Loft Project Etagi. A multi-floor, post-soviet building with a host of exhibitions. Super cool place.
The Royal Danish Consulate General, who brought the exhibition, and me, to the city also presented the city with 15 Copenhagen city bikes as a starter's pistol for a bike share programme. One of the bikes will be given to the Governor of the city and another is earmarked for the Russian president, Medvedev.
There were plans for a bike ride through the city with police escort, with just under a thousand people scheduled to show up but, in the best tradition of Russian bureaucracy, the City cancelled it at the last minute. The Russian president was in town. Which kind of trumps all other activities. The bike ride has now been rescheduled for this Sunday.
We still have a great time. I spoke about Danish bicycle culture and everyone tried out the bikes.
Here's hoping for a cracking turnout on the ride this Sunday.
I won't be there, unfortunately, but I certainly have great memories of the city from my visit.