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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 25, 2013: Copenhagen is Europe's Bicycle City

CPH BikesAmsterdam has the reputation, but Copenhagen has a real claim to being the city that most depends on bicycles for daily transportation. Every morning and evening you’ll see rush hour crowds of students, executives and older folks on the way to school and work.


As this scene at the Osterport rail station shows, Park ‘n’ Ride is a way of life; similar masses of bikes can be found at all the main stations. Copenhagen’s streets are set for bicycles, too—the streets have grade-separated bicycle lanes between the roadway and the pedestrian sidewalks.


Ironically, Copenhagen, which had the first large-scale public bike system in the world in 1995, terminated it in 2012, and no definite new plans are in sight. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to rent a bike and join the locals. Here’s a link to a list:




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