Another aspect of the Green Nation is the internationally known Danish biking culture.
In this section, you can find more information about Danish bicycle culture, find out what copenhagenizing is and read what others in Canada say about Danes and their love for their bikes.
In greater numbers than ever before, Danes use their bikes as the primary means of transportation. Why? It’s healthy, convenient, cheap and GREEN.
On the 2011 Copenhagenize Index – named after the impact Copenhagen has had as an inspiration to metropolises around the world to adapt their city planning to accommodate bicyclists – Copenhagen is a proud number two after Amsterdam. ‘Copenhagenizing’ is now a term used by other cities around the world to promote a better city biking culture.
The Copenhagenize Index is the first comprehensive index of the world's bicycle-friendly cities. It is compiled by Copenhagenize Consulting – an urban planning consultancy specialising in re-establishing the bicycle as transport. You can find it in the link box below.
Cyclists in Copenhagen travel a total of 1.2 million kilometres by bike every day. This is the equivalent of cycling to the moon and back – twice!
Denmark even has a Cycling Embassy of Denmark. The Cycling Embassy of Denmark is a comprehensive network of private companies, local authorities and non-governmental organizations working together to promote cycling and communicate cycling solutions and know-how.
Cycling World Denmark, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and others have collaborated to make a short film about Danish Bicycle Culture: WE LOVE BIKES.
Analys Norden (2011, Dec 2): Denmark will - again! - be a pioneer green country
yourhome.ca (2011, Apr 13): Lessons on Sustainability from our Nordic Neighbours
Ottawa Citizen (2010, Jun 22): Could Ottawa Get Copenhagenized?