6 January 2009

A Slow Bicycle Ride

Last summer saw the inaugural Slow Bicycle Ride here in Copenhagen. A group of people from several countries who, through the bicycle development organisation Baisikeli, went for a relaxing 'slow' through Copenhagen. An hour or so of bicycling and then back to Baisikeli for a little street party in the warm, dreamy Copenhagen summer evening.

There were locals and tourists alike in the bunch and it was a fine kick-off to the Slow Bicycle Movement.

Slow bicycling is a lifestyle in Copenhagen, where 500,000 people cycle each day to work or school. Interestingly, the average speed of this mass of two-wheeled humanity is 15.3 km/h. That's not decided by consensus or by implementation of speed limits. That is simply the organic speed that half a million people settle upon when given the chance.

For more on Copenhagen bicycle culture visit Copenhagenize.com and more a look at the fashionable combination of streetstyle and bicycles visit Copenhagen Cycle Chic.

For Slow Bicycle Merchandise there is always the online shop and everyone is welcome in the Facebook group, which is now rounding 1000 relaxed members.


Jack said...

I was a competitor in a slow bicycle race at the Tate Modern in London last year, which formed a part of the Fluxus Olympiad.

Video here

Lloyd said...

With Love from New Orleans...

Check out our little movie from 2005!
Featuring Slow Bikes, Clint Maedgen, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band:


Cully_J said...

After seeing that woman pushing the baby carriage keeping up with the cyclists, I'm strangely attracted to The Slow Bicycle Movement!