The Travelling Cyclopolitans – Part 2: In Sydney

Follow Mark and Jenny in Sydney.

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.

Going shopping!

Going shopping!

Wrapped up for nipping to the shops!

The Big Picture (Copenhagen Design 1)

This is the first in a series of ten videos from Copenhagenize.com, looking at the most important design elements in Copenhagen’s impressive bicycle culture. It features the very cool and famous (in cycling circles) Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Design Co.

It’s a very interesting and informative series, well worth watching for anyone interested in developing a bike culture here in NE Lincs.

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