When Cycling Becomes the Norm

Following up on Sarah’s post this morning, here’s a Bike to Work Week special from Mikael Colville Andersen, the mastermind behind Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Colville Andersen’s blogs are like extended odes to urban cycling and bike culture, and in this vid he shows what bicycling looks like when it’s seen as a "normal" way to get from here to there.

Half a million Copenhageners bike each day, says Andersen. It took forty years of incremental improvements for the city to attain that level of bike ridership. According to Jan Gehl, the Danish urban consultant and NYCDOT advisor, New York City can get there in ten.

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