I often find myself reminiscing with friends about my times abroad after a couple of pints. Talking about the differences and similarities. One story that comes up a lot is my time in Copenhagen. I absolutely adored the city and the culture. It gave me such perspective on the my daily routine. Every morning you would find a sea of bikers commuting back and forth to destinations. Like an ant farm tracking along bike paths. The same goes for cars in the US, but it became glaring to me when you would see the volume of bikers.
20 + year olds in the US would have to think long and hard the last time they were on a bike. I found this great gem from the New York Times about the Copenhagen Superhighway. It takes me back so I just had to share. Some immediate rules/facts my Danish friends taught me about biking.
- Never ever bike under the influence. HUGE FINES
- Cars are super taxed in Denmark
- Splash guards for wheels are a huge accessory when a bike is your primary vehicle
- Denmark fashion is crazy in tact even on a bike
- Number 2 accessory is a fabric band to go around your pant leg so it doesn’t get caught in the chain
- Bike rides helped slow the pace down and give you some better perspective on the daily grind
- After time at the pub, you often found the women driving their guys around in the front basket (so funny)