“Let’s just bike there” has never been more often used in any other city.
“Let’s just bike there” has never been more often used in any other city than in Copenhagen. Well, maybe in Amsterdam too. But as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen makes biking through its colorful city an absolute joy.
What’s even better is that, cyclists have far more rights and respect on the streets, even from drivers, motorists and pedestrians. Since this is the best way to get around the city, most hotels will provide rental bikes that charge by the hour. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re biking your way from Nyhavn to The Little Mermaid:
Take advantage of “Bycyklen”.
You can rent local Smart Bikes, called: Bycyklen, they come with touch screens, electric motors, GPS, super puncture-resistant tires and locks. You can only pay for the bikes by credit card though. If you don’t want to use your card, then visit Bycyklen’s website for more details and signups. These bikes can be rented from several stations throughout the city and are available 24/7. Each bike costs DKR25/hour.
— Bycyklen (@bycyklen) April 3, 2017
Bikes in metros.
If at any point you want to take the metro but still have your bike with you, Copenhagen allows bikes in its metros and trains. Except for the Nørreport Station during rush hours on weekdays. There are designated areas for bikes in each carriage, and keep your eye on your bike. For metros, there’s an extra charge of DKR 15 to bring your bike with you.
Some general rules to follow so you’re not totally stressed out:
- Always lock your bike.
- Don’t text while cycling, it’s considered illegal.
- Don’t bike on pedestrian areas. Stay on bike lanes, and there are plenty.
- Keep right at all times, especially if you’re a slower cyclist. Unless you want to pass another cyclist.
- Walk next to your bike when crossing the street.
- Always signal when you’re turning right or left by stretching out your arm to the respective direction.
- Even when there’s a red light, don’t turn right. Always wait for the full green light to make turns.
Have fun biking away, and stay safe!
Have you ever biked your way through Copenhagen? Share with us in the comments.