I’ve just returned from a holiday to Copenhagen. It was a great city to visit and everyone we met was friendly and welcoming. It seemed to be a place experienced in dealing with the cold weather with lots of cosy bars and pubs to hide away inside. It is also a city of cyclists. The flat terrain combined with the well-designed cycle system has lead to almost 40% of people commuting by bike. Everywhere I looked I saw someone on a bike.
The cycle paths were separated from the traffic and pedestrians by raised kerbs and were absurdly wide compared to anything I’ve seen before. It looked completely relaxing and civilised to be travelling around by bike. Almost nobody was wearing a helmet either which seemed to indicate that it all worked relatively safely.
Of all the European cities I’ve visited, Copenhagen felt like it had been the most welcoming and relaxing. It also seemed to illustrate how successfully a city can integrate cycling to the benefit of its people.