I have been wanting to do this post for quite some time now, but never really got around to do it, but here goes…
In the spirit of this blog, and the fact that I happen to be a Copenhagen dad, I guess it is only obvious that a blog post about last mile transportation is devoted to …cycling.
It is actually also a topic that fits really well with the topics I try to blog about. Financial independence, check. Sustainability, check. Minimalism, well sort of, maybe.
I was thinking about a headline something along the line of …the family bike fleet, but as I didn’t manage to get pictures of all our bikes today, I changed it. You will be getting some pics though if you read along.
So I guess you are thinking 🤔 right, Well, Copenhagen Dad, – I guess you bike a lot?
Well, as a matter of fact yes, now that you ask. Well, a lot and a lot, exactly how much is a lot. I don’t have a Lycra suit, and go long distance cycling 🚴♀️ on weekends or anything. I am more of a convenience biker. So in that sense, I think I am as most copenhageners are. We generally just use our bikes to get around.
So primarily in my case that will mean to and from work, leisure activities, and in general just getting around the city. Just as every other copenhagener will do.
This is where I think I have to provide a bit of background information about biking in Copenhagen, as it always takes most tourists by surprise.
As a matter of fact, Copenhagen won first place again in 2019 for the most bike friendly city, and we have the street with most bicycle traffic in the world. Which you can see below. So if you come as a tourist, please pay attention to the bike lanes, as failure to do so will result in severe injury if you are run over by a cargo bike doing 30 km/h
The city has become so bike friendly, that the municipality has even begun building dedicated bridges for bikes, mainly across the inner harbor in order to improve mobility and accessibility.
This makes it really easy to bike in Copenhagen, and with all the dedicated bike lanes and traffic separation it is also very safe to bike, even for kids. Which means that we almost all bike now in the Minimal5 family. Well the youngest is not really there yet, but as we also have our trusty cargo bike, the Nihola, he always has a nice view when riding along.
Our family cargo bike we mostly use on weekends if we need to go somewhere all of us, or if we need to do bigger grocery runs.
For myself, I swear be the Swedish made “Pilen”. Good old fashioned industrial quality, black and with both child seat and front luggage carrier.
Too bad, that these two are not available on amazon, else I would have dropped a link.
I haven’t always biked, as much as I do now, though. There have been times when my work would just be too far away. 80km, which is way too far in my opinion. One time I worked 12km away, and at the time I actually thought it was too far to bike. For the past two years my work has only been 6km away, so for the past two years I have bikes every day. And I have to admit, that I actually regret not biking when I had 12km. It’s weird, because when I had 12 I would actually spend as much time in the car going through Copenhagen as it would have taken me to do the distance by bike.
So why do I bike now. Well actually it is obviously good for finances. We hardly ever fill the car anymore, and this is one of the reasons we are having serious considerations actually selling it.
It is obviously also good for the environment, both globally and locally. The more I think about it, this has almost become more important to me then the financial part.
It also helps, that my route to and from work will take me straight through the old Latin quarters of Copenhagen, in a really nice and slow pace which actually makes you feel part of the town.
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