The fairy tale kingdom Denmark not only has more than 7,000 kilometers of beautiful coastline, dense forests, and open grasslands but also has 11,000 kilometers of bicycle lanes. In Denmark, the right of way for bicycles exceeds that of cars. In places with narrow roads, cars cannot be urged by honking because the bicycle is slow. Here, the bicycle is not only a means of transportation but also a sport that people love very much. As the epidemic hits, bicycles are more popular as a means of transportation and sports because they can maintain social distance.
60% of Copenhageners commute by bike
According to statistics, in Copenhagen, more than 60% of citizens’ daily commute is done by bicycle. Bicycle tours are a major feature of Copenhagen. The reporter who led the reporter on a cycling tour was an 82-year-old Danish grandmother who was very agile in getting on and off the bike and cycling fast. She said that her health is mainly attributable to her insistence on cycling around the streets and alleys every day. She is also very proud to tell me that her “riding age” has been 79 years, and her goal is to “cycling age” for 100 years.
Denmark not only has common two-wheeled bicycles but also various tricycles and four-wheeled vehicles, some with a body in the front and some with a body in the back. A reporter from the “Global Times” once talked with a father who rides a front bucket bike. He told me that when a child sits on a front bucket, parents can always understand their children’s needs and children can also see a wider view. He believes that a bicycle can take the whole family to travel together, which is more environmentally friendly and closer to nature than a car. He also particularly emphasized: “I think that driving the bicycle with the child with his own power can directly express the close love between parents and children, and it is more natural and delicate than the power from the engine.” The reporter also visited. In a bicycle design studio in Denmark, the staff here use their brains to design many bicycles with various uses. They will also make decorations for bicycles according to world trends, making bicycles a platform for individuality and aesthetics.
Priority to bicycle road rights
Of the 20 global bike-friendly cities selected in 2019, more than half are from Europe, including Denmark. The right of way for bicycles in Europe is a priority, that is to say, on the road, cars must give way to pedestrians and bicycles. When the road is very narrow, it is very difficult to whistle the cyclist in front or forcibly overtake the cyclist. Acts of courtesy, and will face a large number of fines. Here bicycles, like cars, can be insured. If the bicycle is lost or damaged, or the rider suffers any personal injury during the ride, he can apply for compensation from the insurance company. This is a guarantee to encourage the public to ride. Many people take the train to and from get off work every day and use bicycles to solve commuting problems from home to train station and from the train station to work. Not only folding bicycles but ordinary bicycles are also allowed to push the carriage.
In 2020, Brussels has designated many bicycle lanes, and cars and pedestrians are not allowed to enter. The city government believes that bicycles are the perfect means of transportation during the epidemic. There is no need to worry about the risk of spreading the virus caused by the dense crowds of buses and subways, and it is faster and more efficient than walking.
From January 1, 2021, Brussels, the capital of Belgium, will become a city with a 30-kilometer speed limit. Except for special vehicles such as fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances, all motor vehicles including buses must comply with the 30-kilometer limit. Speed limit. The Brussels City Government believes that the right to use roads is not exclusive to cars, and the needs of bicycles and pedestrians must also be taken care of. Therefore, with the support of a lot of scientific data, the 30-kilometer speed limit policy has been released, and bicycle enthusiasts can ride more safely and comfortably.