Tag Archives: Bicycles

Copenhagen’s Bicycle Culture

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Creative Solutions to Big Problems

We all know about climate change and how the environment is in rough shape and that we need to go green. So, most of us do our little part to help out- we recycle, compost, buy ‘green’ products. And these things are all good. Of course, the more we do on a collective, societal level, the better. One shining example of a collective, creative way to go green is Copenhagen’s bicycle culture. Although residents see their cycling as utilitarian and not environmentally motivated, the fact that 37% of commuters in that city are cyclists reduces commuter automobile emissions by, you guessed it, 37%. In a city of over a million inhabitants, that’s huge!

A major factor in the number of cyclists in Copenhagen is the city’s cycle-friendly urban design and designated paths, tracks, and lanes. They even have bicycle repair points where you can rent or repair a bike.

To encourage cycling to work, some workplaces in Copenhagen have implemented “Trappers”, recording sensors that track when a bicycle is within the vicinity of the work building. Employees earn points based on how often they cycle to work, and redeem these for products on the Trapper website.

Taking Copenhagen as an example of a municipality’s creativity to encourage environmentally friendly transportation, what unique solutions to environmental issues can our own cities come up with?

(Link to information on bicycle culture in Denmark)

_______________________________________

Today’s 4 Minute Writer

Data Entry

Jim parks his bike at the racks in front of the building and makes his way inside and to his desk, passing rows of co-workers already hunkered down in their cubicles.

Within minutes  he is seated, staring at a computer just like everyone else. But when Jim sits and stares, it’s different. No amount of mindless data entry can bring his energy into submission. His unruly hair flies around him, even without the slightest breeze. His shoulders move disjointedly as he types, each new angle leaving traces of continued motion extending on. His legs are always shaking up and down, up and down- they probably don’t even stop when he sleeps. He’s a ball of energy inside a body too small to contain it. I fully expect that one day I’ll hear a soft “pop” when I walk by and realize that he simply spontaneously combusted.

Use the comment field to suggest a topic, submit your writing on today’s 4 Minute Writer topic (Data Entry), or to comment.

4 Comments

Filed under Creativity, Writing