No more suits. In Copenhagen, this summer, it's just about swimsuits

I'm from Sweden. I'm visiting a friend in Copenhagen for the weekend. In Jönköping, I cycle to work all the time. It's very convenient.

Here is in Copenhagen, I'm heading to the beach. It's so sunny and hot.”  

Portraits of cyclists: “I fell good. I take my time and I actually enjoy it.”

I cycle every day in Copenhagen. I start in Norrebro and I cross the Dronning Louises Bridge. Then, I go down Gothersgade with the Rosenborg Palace Garden on my left. Finally, I cross Knippelsbro to reach Christianshavn.”

So, you cycle every day on the two busiest bridges of Copenhagen (about 36.000 cyclists on Dronning Louises Bridge and 40.700 on Knippelsbro in 2012). How do you fell when you cross them?”
I fell good. I take my time and I actually enjoy it.”

I have been living here in Copenhagen for nearly 10 years and don't know any bus routes because I cycle everywhere I go and, I like it. I like the freedom it gives. You have nothing to plan, you just take your bike. When I'm thinking about it, it's insane how much Copenhageners use their bike, day and night.”

Do you have a specific memory related to cycling in Copenhagen?”

On my first year at the Architecture school, I was cycling with the people of my study group going from a party to a bar. We were cycling to close to each other so I fell down. I still have a scar. I considered it as my baptism as a cyclist in Copenhagen.”


Portraits of cyclists - “Cycling to work every day, you get use to it very fast and you get to love it too”


I live in Copenhagen. I cycle every day 10km to go to work and 10km to come back.”

“Because it's faster and easier than taking the car or the public transports. It's a good way to be active.”

“With these shoes?”

“What is your favorite route in the city?”
“I change my route sometimes. If I do a detour, I like going through the city, to see all the people and for the specific atmosphere of this part of the city.”

“What would be your advice for the women who wouldn't dare to cycle 20km to work?”
“It's a matter of habits. You get use to it very fast and you get to love it too.”


Portraits of cyclists - Niels, Director of Traffic Department, cycles chic

The coolest and most elegant Director of Traffic Department works here in Copenhagen and cycles every day.

Do you remember the first day you cycled by yourself?”
Oh yes, I have a clear memory of that day. I was 4 or 5 years old. I was riding my sister's bike, which was too tall for me. Where I lived the streets had long slopes. I went from the top of a street down the slop and suddenly I lost control and as I was not ready to brake I finally went directly into the garbage cans. That's what happened on my first day biking.”

Do you have a memory of something unusual that happened one day when you were cycling?”
Some years ago, I was cycling on my way to work. I was on a very busy road and suddenly in front of me in the amount of cyclists I saw someone from behind that make my think: “I know this guy!”. I was thinking that it was not one of my colleagues or one of my friends or relatives but then I realized that it was a very very old friend of mine. At some point we took different directions in our life but we were best friends when we were children and just with his body language on his bicycle I could recognized him. It's difficult to explain how this happened but it just did.”

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Portraits of cyclists - Conrad: "I really don't care about my average speed"

I'm from Copenhagen. I cycle every day but not during the winter.
I ride a second hand bike, I don't fell like spending money on a bike.

I learned riding a bike when I was 3 years old. For me, it's just normal to bike in the city. I cycle since it's faster than taking the bus. When I've got to go further, I cycle to the station and I put my bike in the train.”

Do you know how many kilometers you cycle every day? Do you know your average speed or things like that?”
I don't know. Maybe 10 kilometers. I really don't care about my average speed.
The good thing when you ride a bike is that you can see the city and wave to your friend we you meet them.”

Sticker of Pele Che Coco – Conrad brother's Sustainable Recycled Fashion shop   


Portraits of cyclists - Stina: “cycling is the symbol of freedom”

I'm from Copenhagen but I live in Stockholm right now. In both cities, I cycle every day.

In Stockholm the organisation of the city makes my bike commute very different from Copenhagen. Here you can get from one point to another in around 20 minutes in most cases.
For instance, Stockholm could make more space for cyclists, create wider lanes, and maybe streets without cars at all.

 In Copenhagen, cycling is the symbol of freedom. It can take you everywhere, acting as a support to help you go forward.
I don't have a favorite route, I like discovering new spots. For instance, I've never been here before.

My "man" bike has many things that are not working yet but it's very light that it takes me from place to place so quickly. I actually live on my bike. I carry tons of things all the time.”

Do you have any anecdote to share which happened when you were cycling?”

Once, I was cycling close to the City Hall and this guy, who for many years have been staying here to hand out free newspapers, tried to stop every cyclists who passed in front of him and kiss them on the cheek. He tried to make his day and the one of the cyclists a bit funnier. Cyclists laughed since it brought a good atmosphere on the bike track.”

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Portraits of cyclists - Marcel & Simone: “We can really enjoy the city when we cycle”

"We're from Copenhagen. We cycle every day with this kind of clothes. 

We like to cycle because it's fast and we can really enjoy the city. We can go to places that we can not reach by car."

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Portraits of cyclists: “My son is 6 and I cycle with him in Copenhagen”

I'm from Copenhagen. I cycle every day to go to work and to take my son to school.”

"Can you remember the first day you were able to ride your bike on your own?”
No, but I remember the first day I rode my bike to school. I fell just in front of my classmates.”

How old were you?”
I was 6 or 7.

My son is 6 and I bike with him in the streets of Copenhagen. I always stay next to him, but he rides his own bike. He learned to cycle very early. He was 3 years old and I can say that he cycles very well. I feel safe when I see him cycling. He knows where to stop, what to look at.” 

Vintage bike vs. colorful graffiti

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