Copenhagen: the most bicycle friendly city in the world.
None of them locked. Hundreds of them sitting on nearly every vacant piece of property and parked cycles crowding the sidewalks. And, it’s dangerous. Bikers have their own lanes, and even mini traffic lights, and most of them really move. At times, a visitor, not accustomed to where the sidewalk ends and the bike paths begin, can easily run into a bike.
They say as many as one half of locals commute to work by bike, even in the winter, when it can get down to zero, with winds that make it feel even colder. Taxes to purchase cars, that can easily double the cost we are used to paying, are so high that Danish citizens are discouraged from auto ownership.
The city, with more than 250 miles of bike paths, is working on ways to make cycling safer and more leisurely for those who are not trying to commute quickly. They plan to do this by widening the paths to accommodate both types of riders.
Pedestrians are favored as well. Much of the central city has closed down its streets to pedestrians only, making the shopping and restaurant district extremely busy, with crowds all of the time.