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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lanes and limits come and go as the city’s cyclists go to and fro | The Copenhagen Post

Ahead of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the bicycle in Copenhagen in 2015, Through the Looking Glass takes a look at the history of cycling
If you thought driving was hard today, just try negotiating this lot on your way to Netto
If you are a tourist or a recent arrival to our fair city, it’s unlikely that the number of people on bicycles will have escaped your notice. As a city that is sorely lacking in any gradient whatsoever, Copenhagen frequently competes with Amsterdam for the world’s number one cycling city title. Bicycles are an ordinary staple of daily life here, but it might surprise you to learn that the Danish capital wasn’t always so predisposed to developing the urban cycling paradise we enjoy today. Since the introduction of the first velocipede (a term that covers all human-powered vehicles on one or more wheels) onto our streets, Copenhagen has seen the bicycle’s popularity wax and wane. 
Goodbye Schleswig Holstein, hello bicycle


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