While there are bikes everywhere, there aren’t any of the neat covered bike parking areas I saw in Germany. There aren’t even bike racks in a lot of places. Bikes end up left wherever there is space – often even in places where bike parking is clearly prohibited.
Is it simply a coincidence or a sign of how important bikes are here that the barometer built into the corner of a building near Tivoli and the train station features a figure of a girl who, in fine weather, rides her bicycle. (On rainy days she comes out with an umbrella.)Copenhagen is, of course, internationally famous as a bicycle-friendly city, so I’ve been a bit surprised by the amount of auto traffic in the heart of the city – despite lots of accommodations (including well-marked bike lanes), I don’t see that bikes are really given any preference. Biking isn’t especially pleasant here, just safer than in a lot of big cities.
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