How We Prioritize Our Cities

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In a market driven system, what is promoted the most effectively tends to win. The best and most powerful marketeer wins, not necessarily the best product. Certainly in terms of pure  advertising, car industry out spends all other alternatives by a factor 100 or more, even if we include public service announcements for mass transit […]

Is Copenhagen a Bike City?

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Before I begin, if you don´t live in Denmark or the Netherlands, you may feel that if only your city was as welcoming to bikes. On the other hand, if you live en many Southern European cities, where the municipality has had enough reason to conclude, that cars ruin the old city center, and have […]

Are bicyclists attractive to retail?

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We are ususally told local businesses wither and die, when cars can not park curb side. Photo: Lars Barfred By Lars Barfred It is always frustrating to see local shops waging a war against a new bike path, predicting their own eminent demise, once a few parking spaces are converted. Mostly because they could not aim […]

The Red Square -Revisited

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Only about a year after the prestige project named The Super Wedge (Superkilen) and specifically the plaza dubbed the Red Square, isn´t that Super. The super wedge is situated on the Green Route, and most of the investment paid by the city, is allocated as bike infrastructure in the annual account and public consumption statistics. […]

Tiny Living ?

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Små boliger er på ingens agenda, knap nok kollegieboliger, men hvorfor ikke, der er et hav af fordele ved små boliger for den enkelte og for samfundet. I København bor der 1,8 personer per bolig, der er 72 m2 eller 38 m2 bolig per person, hvorfor er det så umuligt for almindelige singler at finde […]

Cobblestone Addiction -a not so smooth ride in Copenhagen

A Bicycle Infrastructure Photo Odyssey There’s nothing like smooth, new asphalt and, for some reason, I always admire when the city makes smooth transitions at intersections between our often slightly-elevated bike paths and the ordinary road. This makes me so ever more dumbfounded why city planners manically and generously use cobblestone and curbstones to ruin […]

Can you improve bicycle Infrastructure and the city space for free?

The key is to question the status quo, every time a street needs surface renovation. A quick assessment of traffic numbers by modality, and speed of cars, the nature of the street in the traffic system and urban usage, will provide a little insight to make improve how we utilize our city. Morning Traffic at Nørre Allé […]

Lord Mayor Frank Jensen’s Smoking Gun

Original picture by Socialdemokraterne.dk When new infrastructure projects are presented, they are based on a set of long term assumptions. Usually, these assumptions never reach a broader audience and they are never explained. We have read an analysis that presents a long list of assumptions about the future of traffic development in Copenhagen and we […]

Park View or Living in a Parking Lot

Do we want to live on a parking lot? Picture: Lars Barfred We have a choice. It’s an actual choice. Do we want to live by a park or by a parking lot? Judging from real estate prices, most of us prefer the first choice. We have, however, such a counterproductive urban model of society that […]

Copenhagen City of Bikes

Previously published on Copenhagenize.com  Before I begin, if you don´t live in Denmark or the Netherlands, you may feel that if only your city was as welcoming to bikes. On the other hand, if you live en many Southern European cities, where the municipality has had enough reason to conclude, that cars ruin the old […]

A new story of our lives….

Previously published on Copenhagenize.com …Thats what we need… The new government is admirably determined to build a congestion-ring, around Copenhagen City. For the first time in since the oil-crisis in the early seventies, and the car-free Sundays, Danish motorists are under  fire. Was the state of our tasteless self-indulgence and waste of natural resources not […]