Copenhagen is a city full of bikes. Everybody rides their bikes to work, come rain or sunshine. The city is made for cycling. However if you are a tourist you'll need to know a few things before you begin:
Danish Bike etiquette:)
- You ride your bicycle same way as a car (ish:)- If you're going fast, stay on the outside, going slow, on the inside - and be aware and look over your shoulder before you pull out; some people go very fast on their bikes here.
- Please do not have a conversation with your buddy whilst biking. Cyclists get rather annoyed with you side by side. Wait until you get to your destination for the chitchat.
- Always use hand signals for turning and stopping - alerting fellow cyclists. A left hand up means stopping. A hand out to the right means turning right. A hand to the left means a left turn.
- Do not have your music so loud you cannot hear what's going on around you, and keep an eye out for ambulances, buses, cars and fellow cyclists.
- Large vehicles have a BLIND spot. Very dangerous. Do NOT ever put yourself in a spot where the driver can't see you, and always try and make eye contact, or just don't go.
- During the darker months be sure to have lights on your bike and reflectors (you could even get a fine if you don't:)
- OH yeah do remember to lock your bike - especially at night, otherwise you might be walking home!
- HAVE fun - I know it sounds like there are lots of rules - but they're only here to make you safe. Happy Travels!!
If you don't have a bike, don't fret - Copenhagen has city bikes for rent: BYCYKLEN - and many hotels offer bikes too. ENJOY and go cycling - the city has so much to offer and it's so pretty, cool, hyggeligt and great fun on a bike.