I spent some time on a bike in Denmark during a recent vacation in November. Yes in November in minus 2 degrees. I noticed a few things that I tended to stumble on rather suddenly. First, there are a lot of bikes in Copenhagen – more than a few scattered hither and yon, but best described as a plethora of bikes. Second, the culture in Denmark is beyond seeing a bike more than just a nuisance like in Canada, and as a car driver, you must expect that biker is right around corner or that you look in your side mirror before you turn right. Drivers are very respectful of bikers. Third, bike lanes are so numerous and I originally had thought them to be large sidewalks; I caught myself walking a few times down the bike lane, not realizing that I was basically walking down the middle of the street.
Most famously, I’ve been hunting for the famous danish chicks on bikes. These girls are famously known for riding to work with just their everyday attire – no helmets, spandex or riding shoes. They’re actually everywhere and quite surprised how hardy these girls were by riding in this cold weather. Really this speaks volumes to the Dane’s hardy culture in persevering with the cold, sleet and rain while riding 2 wheels.