All is not well in bicycling heaven.
In Copenhagen, Denmark, bicycles are everywhere, and 55 percent of Copenhageners travel daily to work or school on a bike. “Cyclists in Copenhagen travel a total of 1.2 million kilometers (745,645 miles) by bike every day,” boasts a city website.
“We call cyclists the plague of the pavement,” the Times quoted Mikael le Dous as saying. Le Dous, a 56-year-old power plant engineer, is head of the Copenhagen Pedestrian Association — and a cyclist himself.
He complained that Copenhagen’s ubiquitous cyclists ignore traffic lights, ride the wrong direction on one-way streets and plow through pedestrian areas without dismounting.
There’s a lesson here for urban cyclists everywhere, particularly in cities where cycling has not become generally accepted. Cyclists who flout the rules of the road, who are discourteous in their encounters with pedestrians and motorists, who arrogantly act as if the bicycle is, or should be, the only means of transport, blacken the name of all cyclists.
To get a taste of the cycling scene in Copenhagen, check out the video from the city webpage “City of Cyclists.”