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Back in the Saddle

haetmunky sent me this amazingly cool video of an electric bike (vital for those Seattle hills!), and it inspired me to bike in this morning. A nice run into work, frankly, and I hit the green light at 85th with perfect timing, for once, so it didn't even break my rhythm.

Also discovered footage of the overwhelming bike-friendliness of Copenhagen, and evidence that it is astoundingly flat. That plus proper social policy makes Denmark look like our Bladerunner-style, post-carbon future.

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the_gneech
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose the pennyfarthing is a Prisoner reference, bychance? ;)

-The Gneech
the_monkey_king
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Nah, though I like the Prisoner well enough, I like penny farthings for their own sake.

Some day I hope to own one with a steam traction motor attachment, and I shall go riding in my top hat, googles, and tails.
the_gneech
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
That's good too!

-The Gneech
wrdnrd
Jun. 27th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
No cars in the city center at all? Now i want to move to Copenhagen. I walk all of 15 minutes to work every day, yet the number of times i've been nearly hit by a car....

The sight of all those bicycles lined up along the sidewalks warmed the very gears of my heart. Thanks for sharing the link!
the_monkey_king
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the covered tricycles with children and groceries astounded me.

It just makes so much sense in a flat city. Chicago could probably do the same, if they ever fix the El.
mckitterick
Jun. 28th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Bike to work - neat! I do that sometimes, but my commute is a bit shorter. Plenty steep, though.

You came up in conversation at the Workshop today about coming here for a retreat!
siobharek
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
There *are* cars in the city centre. It's hard to drive there, and unless you absolutely must, you don't.

Other than that, it was a good video, that wasn't that much off the mark. The big bicycles are called Christiania bikes (http://www.christianiabikes.com/) and will usually set you back about 1000 USD. They can also be a bit of a nuisance to other bikers: They're so wide they take up the whole bike path and geared to be quite slow. It's a minor thing, though.

And there ARE hills (well, one), and I have to get over it to take my daughter to kindergarten.

Søren, who rides his bike to work every day.
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