Continental Update: Danish Suburbanites Trade Cars for Bikes

When they think of Europe at all, most Americans think of old towns with squares, plazas and unlimited bike and walkability.  When I first visited Denmark and Sweden in the early 1990s, I was shocked to discover that there were suburbs that didn’t look all that different from their American cousins.  These were places where people mostly drove, just as they do here in the States.

Aarhus  photo-AP

Aarhus photo-AP

So it’s  sort of a big deal that 36 people in the suburbs of Aarhus, Denmark (population 319,000) have agreed to park their cars for a year and bicycle everywhere.   Participants live in the suburb of Beder-Malling, which is 14 hilly kilometers (about 9 miles) from the city center.   They currently commute via single passenger automobile, but that’s about to change.  You can read all about it here at the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.

Bicycles are transportation and the Bike Five movement continue to gain converts around the world.  Every time you take a trip by bicycle that you could have taken by car, you encourage someone else to do the same, so keep riding.   You are bicycling’s best ambassador, and you have the power to change the world.


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