Cycling in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is certainly one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. It didn’t take me long to get used to cycling here, even though it took me ages until I obtained a bicycle (in fact, I inherited two bicycles).

Cycling is the easiest and fastest way of getting around in Copenhagen. There’s hardly any cars at all in the City Centre. I found it quite unusual that way. Anyway, the first trip I did on my bicycle was to the Copenhagen Zoo. Now, Copenhagen in general is very flat, which makes it very ideal for cycling around. However, the zoo is located on a little hill, which means it was not that easy for someone who hadn’t cycled far before.

Since then, I have cycled practically everyday and thankfully haven’t been involved in any major mishaps. Well, there were two times that I fell off my bike. Each time, it was because of uneven road.

The longest bicycle trip I did was when I went to Farum for a group party at our boss’s house. A couple of my colleagues came with me, even though I told them that I would go on a scenic route. We managed to get to Farum in about 1.5 hours. It was certainly fun, although my colleagues thought otherwise and abandoned me to cycle back alone to Copenhagen at the end of the day.

Anyway, here’s a 7-minute video that shows the innovations in Copenhagen that make it easier for cyclists in the City.

Accidental fare evader

So, it looks like I have become an accidental fare evader. There is a ticketing system called clip card (klippekort) over here where you get 10 trips for a price 1/3 less than that of the equivalent single tickets. There is a machine that you need to enter your clip card in, which will then clip and stamp your card.

Observe the figure. See how the top right of the card had been clipped? Well, that’s the wrong end. The machine accepted the first two clips, but subsequent clips didn’t work.¬†Of course hindsight is a wonderful thing. Now that I think about it, it’s kinda obvious. I mistakenly assumed that the trips will be recorded when the machine takes the whole card in. So when it only clipped the top end, I wondered if we had to record the details ourselves.

2-zone clip card (klippekort)

At the bottom is the proper clip, which counts down from 10 to 1. I think it would have been more obvious if the count was the other way around (number 1 at the bottom). But that’s just me.

Anyway, I guess I am lucky that I wasn’t caught by a ticket inspector. That would have been a DKK 750 fine!