In Denmark everybody cycles. His Royal Highness Frederik, the Danish crown prince, can be spotted regularly riding his children around in a cargo bicycle, and it is completely normal to see politicians parking their bicycles outside the Parliament building, or a famous actor riding around town with shopping bags balancing on the handlebars.
Copenhageners express their style and individuality through their choice of bicycle. Girlfriends in high heels push their pedals while they talk intimately side-by-side. With one hand on the handlebars bike riders send text messages, hold phone conversations, drink take-away coffees, enjoy their music, and transport dogs, kids and full shopping bags. Copenhageners practically live on their bikes and their city is filled to the brim with bicycle makers, shops, subcultures, self-builders, collectors and bicycle types of all sorts.
With the increased focus on sustainability and healthy life- styles the world's lens is zooming in on the use of the bicycle in Denmark. It brings city planners from all over the world to Copenhagen. They want to see with their own eyes how the bicycle can be a naturally integrated part of city life.
In Cyklernes by / Copenhagen City of Bicycles Cecilia Van- man vividly describes the multifaceted Danish bicycle culture with all that it entails. Her stories are accompanied by fascinating images of the cycling capital captured by British photographer Robin Maddock.
With English and Danish text.