Summer Travels (Vie Bikes blog repost)
Originally published on August 10, 2017 on the Vie Bikes blog. Bike content is always relevant, though :)
Since starting Vie Bikes in early 2015, I’ve taken one week and a couple weekends totally off work. Otherwise I’m on call 24/7. So I’ve confined any traveling to places in the same timezone and a short trip back home. I’m not at all complaining. But you can perhaps then understand why I decided to spend a large portion of the summer working remotely in a very different time zone: Copenhagen, Denmark. Spiritual home of the cargo bike (and also two of our beloved suppliers). It was a chance for our whole family to visit relatives and immerse ourselves completely in a different culture. If you received any emails from me timestamped 3 am, now you know why. Mike, Elisabeth and Wesley did a great job of keeping things organized and moving forward in San Francisco.
I am not the first bike person to visit Copenhagen, so I will spare you the endless descriptions of the generally amazing bike infrastructure and culture. Yes, the city is indeed chock full of families and kids on bikes, including huge numbers of cargo bikes. It’s amazing and lovely and blissfully relaxing, though of course hardly perfect, and I speak from a place of privilege as a person who can physically pass as a white Dane. You can see photos from my visits to Butchers & Bicycles and Larry v Harry on Facebook. Here are a few other family biking observations, in no particular order:
Girls on Bikes
The Joy of the Rear Seat
Slow Riding, Fast Drivers
Kids on Their Own Bikes
All Protected Lanes are Not Made Equal
All in all, it was a WONDERFUL experience that I wish for everyone reading this post. I’m also happy to be back home in San Francisco, and have been very much enjoying being back in the bike lanes here, and most importantly, reconnecting in person with all of you. A life spent getting around by bike with your family is endlessly awesome.