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The danish laugh at us

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tharg2007, 3 Jun 2008.

  1. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Was watching some morning tv the other day and there was some danish band on and asked them what they miss while over here, they replied "riding our bikes" to which the presenter said "you can ride your bikes around london" they just laughed, says it all really.
     
  2. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Well, I manage to ride round London fine thanks Danish people.....

    They should go back to eating bacon and drinking Carlsberg, bloody Swedish province that they are!
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    what, riding their bikes with BOTH wheels in denmark at the same time??! ;) is that possible?
     
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    For what it's worth, looking at Cyclingnews' letters regarding the attack by a motorist on the Sydney group ride, we have it way better than the Australian cyclist seems to.

    I found I had to re-adjust to British roads after cycling in France last year (e.g. allow for the fact that motorists would now happily risk knocking me off to reach the next red lights). I guess if you'd cycled on the continent all your life, cycling in Britain might seem a bit of a daunting prospect.
     
  5. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    For what it's worth, looking at Cyclingnews' letters regarding the attack by a motorist on the Sydney group ride, we have it way better than the Australian cyclist seems to.


    really? I know some windbag politician made some silly remarks after that event.
     
  6. hackbike 6

    hackbike 6 New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road.


    ...and clog dancing.
     
  7. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
  8. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    Copenhagen is very cycle friendly. Motorists are far more tolerant, cyclist accident rates in Denmark are lower than the UK, facilities predominate (and evolve), and generally cycling as a means of transport is accorded respect.
     
  9. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/letters.p...05-29letters#9

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/letters.p...05-23letters#1

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/letters.p...8/05-15letters



    Oh dear, dear me.
     
  10. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Spinners, can you provide a synopsis?

    I know you have a lto fo time on your hands (hence the sticky keyboard), but not all of us have the time to trawl the interweb like you......
     
  11. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I was told that the only way to make a Dane laugh was to put a gun at their head and say 'laugh'!
     
  12. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    I was told that pushing a German into the harbour would have the same effect - didn't get to try it though!
     
  13. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Back to the OP, the Dutch would appear to have substantially the same view as the Danes. The last time I was in London, I overheard a group of Dutch students discussing how they'd never be prepared to cycle there; on the other hand, they did seem quite impressed by the hardiness of London cycle commuters.
     
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    London is certainly intimidating if you're used to cycling in the Netherlands, but it's probably not a great deal more dangerous.
     
  15. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Given that London has one of the lowest rates of cycle use (per head of population) in the UK and the UK is not high on the list of cycle friendly countries in Europe, it is hardly surprising...