Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Copenhagen 1

Copenhagen bicycle; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
My hubby and I visited Copenhagen and Amsterdam recently. I chose our destinations for nerdy reasons: urban planning, architecture, and design.
Copenhagen bicycle parking lot; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
In Copenhagen, bicycles are everywhere. Pedestrians, cyclists, and cars each have their own "lanes" that are distinct from each other. The sidewalks are about 10 cm higher than the bicycle lanes and the bicycle lanes are 10 cm higher than the road.
Copenhagen sidewalk, bike lane, road; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
Do you see what I mean? It is safe and orderly for everyone.

Copenhagen Strøget aerial view; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
The Strøget was particularly inspiring. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to go to Copenhagen. The Strøget is the longest pedestrian mall in Europe. Why don't we have the foresight to do this in North America? The car does not need to dominate our landscape. Note the gorgeous pattern on the sidewalk.
Copenhagen Strøget; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
Another view of the Strøget. Fountains, statues, and prams were other notable features of the city. 
Copenhagen Liebe shop; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013
The old architecture was a huge draw for me too. Liebe is a cute shop in the basement of this ancient building. I'll share more images and insights of CPH another day.

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