Well, there is a new verb for us all to learn. It has to do with high standards of living, easy ways to get around, economic prosperity and other things everybody wants including simply liking where you are.
The word is Copenhagenization. …all the cool cities are doing it!
‘Copenhagenizing’ the world: one city at a time
The Bike Effect: How ‘Copenhagenization’ Saves Time, Money, and Lives
image: Borsen/stock exchange in Copenhagen by Brianmurphydk via Wikimedia Commons
The pleasure is all suburban-poverty.com’s to make mention of Copenhagen’s new dedicated bicycle super-highway. The route from a suburb called Albertslund into Copenhagen is 11 miles/18 kilometers in length and the first component of a serious national network of routes. What a fantastic real world precedent for just about any fossil fuel-using community looking for alternatives!
Cycling is healthy and cheap and empowering. Bikes are sensible tools for fighting suburban poverty. Here in North America, compulsory automobile ownership enslaves working people, drawing their resources into a matrix of requirements for gasoline, insurance, repairs, tire replacement, maintenance, tickets, parking fees, interest payments, depreciation, accidents and injuries, noise and pollution. Something has to change.
The New York Times item covering the cycling superhighway has been picked up in blogs, by the Toronto Star, and in many other places. It’s hard not to envy infrastructure like this and we hope to see more everywhere.
Copenhagen Journal: Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway NYT
photo: Copenhagen via Wikimedia Commons