Copenhagen is full of bikes – and you haven’t really seen the city if you haven’t seen it from the saddle of a bike.
Almost half of the Copenhageners ride their bike to work or school, and the city is one of the most bike friendly in the world with designated bicycle lanes.
Hobo Planet pedaled around the Danish capital – and loved it!
Here’s some good advice on what not to do if you wish to minimize the risk of collisions and other accidents:
1. Do not drive on the wrong side of the street. In Copenhagen more or less all streets have designated bicycle lanes – one in each direction. Always drive on the right hand side – exactly as you would in a car. Driving against the traffic on a bicycle lane can cause ugly accidents.
2. Do not cross a red light. In many countries it’s not an offence for bikes and pedestrians to cross the street even if there’s a red light. But it is in Denmark, where the police regularly carry out controls – and will fine you, if you do not wait for a green light.
3. Do not ride two persons on one bike – unless you drive a cargo bike. If the bike only have two wheels, if should only carry one person. As with the red lights, the police will fine you.
4. Do not just pull out to take over the bike in front of you. Even though the person in front of you on the bicycle lane drives painlessly slow, remember to look over your left shoulder before you pull out for an overtake. There’s a lot of bikes in Copenhagen, so you risk pushing another bike out in front of a car if you’re not careful.
5. Do not ride on the pavement. In Denmark, the pedestrians keep – more or less – to the pavement, and bicycles keep to the bicycle lane.
6. Do not forget to lock your bike while sightseeing The Little Mermaid, visiting Tivoli or eating lunch in Nyhavn. Unfortunately there’s a lot of bike thefts in Copenhagen, so remember to lock your bike.
7. Do not forget to use hand signals when turning or stopping. Hand signals help other cyclists understand what you’re planning to do, which means less risk of collisions. If turing right, stretch out your right arm away from your body. For left turns, use your left arm. When stopping, raise an outstretched hand above your head.
Here’s some links to help you have a great bicycle trip around the Danish capital:
When planning your route in Copenhagen this website is pretty helpful.
Here’s a list of places to rent bikes in Copenhagen.
You can also use the white city bikes.