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).


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.


Intermodality (Copenhagen Design 3)

This is the third in a series of ten videos from, looking at the most important design elements in Copenhagen’s impressive bicycle culture.

Here in Episode 03 of our series produced by über intern Ivan Conte we explore how Intermodality is a key to Copenhagen’s success as a bicycle-friendly city.

You should be able to have your bicycle with you from the moment you leave your home until you get back – all day and night long – without a hitch.

Intermodality, when done right, is Supermodality.

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