Borgen Bike Culture

I admit I’m a fan of Nordic Noire dramas. At the moment the third series of Borgen is showing on BBC4 in the UK, and I love how bike culture is effortlessly incorporated into the programme.

Perhaps it’s not surprising – it is set in Copenhagen, after all! In this picture the ex-Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) is seen riding her newly purchased second hand bike (in The Right Shade of Brown).

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And in a previous episode (The Land is Built on Law), the ex-PM’s media advisor Katrine Fønsmark (played by Birgitte Hjort Sørenson) and the head of a Danish TV channel, Alex Hjort (played by Christian Tafdrup), have an impromtu encounter whilst riding their bikes.

IMG_00000422Cycling in Copenhagen is something that people just do, it’s a convenient way to get around and the infrastructure is there to enable that. It’s not seen as a cheap mode of transport for people who can’t afford a car. It’s a desirable form of transport in its own right for everyday journeys.

Early October riding

Photos provided by Helen Naulls, taken whilst cycling over October 5/6th along the Healing Pedalway:

The CTC Newark cycling group in Healing, on their way to the National Fishing Heritage Museum in Grimsby.

The CTC Newark cycling group in Healing, on their way to the National Fishing Heritage Museum in Grimsby.

 

A young man on a cool blue bike......

A young man on a cool blue bike……

 

...and a slightly older cool blue gentleman!

…and a slightly older cool blue gentleman!

 

 

 

 

On the phone

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On the phone

One of the nice things about having decent infrastructure for cycling is that it allows people to make phone calls without risk to others. Please bear in mind that making a call while traveling at 10 mph on a bicycle is very different from making a call at >30mph while in control of more that a ton of metal, which can pose a considerable risk to others.

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Photo’s: Monday 30th Sept

Ex-pro cyclist Dave Orford on Moody Lane

Ex-pro cyclist Dave Orford on Moody Lane

Kim and Paul out for a ride

Kim and Paul out for a ride

Going shopping!

Going shopping!

Wrapped up for nipping to the shops!

Cool ride to work, Dutchie-style!

Cool ride to work, Dutchie-style!

Cool ride to work, Dutchie-style!

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