You Get Around Much Faster By Bike

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Originally published on The ECOreport.

Mads Phikamphon, editor of the Danish website, lives in Copenhagen and, as you will read in the following Q&A, doesn’t think most people need a car. He says, “If you need to bring your children or something heavy you can use a cargo bike.” You get around much faster by bike.


Q/ Where do you live in Copenhagen?

We live in the middle of Copenhagen, in a somewhat hipster neighborhood called Vesterbro. We choose to live here because it’s super close to everything. By living where we live, we don’t have to spend time commuting to work from the suburbs and we also save time if we want to go out, etc.

On top of that, we have a park right next door that is much nicer than a garden of our own could ever be.

Q/ How long have you been riding a bike?

I have been riding a bike since I was a small child. Here in Denmark it is normal to start biking as a kid and then continue doing so as you get older and older.

So we bike, our children bike and our parents bike.

Q/ Do you use it every day?

I bike almost every day. There are days were I work from home, but besides that I bike every day.

When I go to work etc. I bike on a hybrid bike or my new electric bike (I’m a freelance programmer, so I sometimes have to go to projects a bit far away from home).

When I bike with our children, each of us usually ride on our own bikes. But since our children aren’t that big, we sometimes take our Christiania cargo bike if we need to go somewhere far away.

We also use the cargo bike if we need to transport something big. I have transported furniture, lots of plants and many other things in it.

Q/ Does it serve all your transportation needs? Or do you use a car sometimes?

I don’t think most people need a car and when I use our cargo bike, I become even more sure than most people don’t need a car.

If I could choose, private cars would be banned from big cities like Copenhagen. There is absolutely no reason to drive a car in the city. You can get around much faster by bike and if you need to bring your children or something heavy you can use a cargo bike.

If cycling for some reason doesn’t work for you, there is also some great public transportation in Copenhagen.

Q/ Do you ever go for long trips on your bicycle? Where & for how long?

I have been on a few trips on my bike, but I’m not sure you would call them long trips. Each trip has just been around a week or so.

Two of my trips have been cycling in the mountains in Slovenia and a bikepacking trip around parts of Southern Thailand.

Recently the children and I went on a small trip outside Copenhagen. The children rode on their own bikes and I rode the cargo bike, so I could easily bring the tent and all our gear for staying outside for a few days.

Q/ What about your friends & acquaintances – do they all use bicycles as their principal form of transportation?

Almost all of my friends bike, but I also have a few friends who doesn’t really bike and 1-2 friends who don’t even have a bike.

I can’t really understand how you can live in Copenhagen without having a bike, but it’s their decision and not mine (although I hope they will stop driving and buy a bike someday).

Photo Credit: Mads Phikamphon & his family – Courtesy

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Roy L Hales

is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of British Columbia. He is a research junkie who has written over 2,000 articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

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    • 1) If twice as many people bike, I’d expect twice as many casualties – no mention of that simple explanation in article.

      2) In Denmark and truly bike friendly cities, bikes have special lanes, and other features to make biking safer. Bike accident rates are very low – and people tend not to even wear helmets.

      3) People who just get on and go without any education or training are more likely to get hurt doing any physical activity.

      • 1) The relationship is anything but linear. If twice as many people start cycling tomorrow, at least some of the added cyclists would otherwise have taken their car. Hence, the number of threats to cyclists decreases. Equally importantly, some of those people will become safer, more considerate drivers once they have experienced traffic from a cyclist’s point of view.

        2) Seperate bike lanes are common, but by no means universal in bike friendly cities. If I look at my own commute (half train, half bicycle), I’d say just under half of the distance is on a dedicated cycle path. Far more important than any infrastructure is driving attitude: do drivers expect cyclists to appear and do they drive accordingly?

        There’s a vicious circle in many cities that starts with people being unwilling to cycle because of the dangerous traffic. As long as so few people cycle, drivers will never anticipate cyclists being on the road with them and traffic remains unsafe for cyclists.

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