Ah Copenhagen. How often bloggers have referred to you as the bicycle utopia. With your sit-up-and-beg bikes, trains with plenty of room for bicycles and your prioritising of cyclists over other modes of transport.
And now there is a book that immortalises your cycling greatness in print.
“Ouch” I hear you gasp out loud in the office as everyone turns round to see if you’ve hurt yourself. Yes, that price is a little high. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some more affordable copies hitting Amazon soon. Having said that, there’s a hell of lot in here of interest to a cyclist.
This gorgeous photography book by Cecilia Vanman and Robin Maddock is enough to make you hop on a plane, like Mark recently did, and head for more cycling friendly pastures. Before going into my thoughts about the book…
Le bon nouvelle? (The good news, I believe, unless my French is as bad as my Dutch). Thanks to a small error by the publisher I’ve ended up with a spare copy to giveaway!
Leave a question for the author or one thing you’d like to see from Copenhagen introduced to the London cycling scene in the comments for a chance to win it!
> Best comment/question wins! <
I’ll end the competition next Tuesday (17th). You must be England based!
On to my thoughts about the book..
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Inside, along with gorgeous pictures of Copenhagen residents going about getting from A to B, you’’ll also get an interesting insight into the daily life there. Take for example Mai Gad (great name!) the 26 year old sociology student on the right who loves her blue vintage Raleigh to explore the street markets. The book is filled with colourful characters which must have taken hours for the author to stumble across.
A few pages in, the book dives into the history of cycling in Copenhagen and how it was first introduced to the city. It then talks about how that culture is now slowly working its way into other European cities that are trying to learn from Copenhagen’s example. Which makes for particularly interesting reading.
The Copenhagen City of Bicycles truly is one of the most gorgeous and complete portraits of cycling culture. With no rock left unturned from bicycle couriers to using the bicycle as a street food vendor, to robot wars style bike battles – it’s all here and it’s all incredible interesting. It’s one of those books you’ll want to leave lying around to dive in and out of.
Beautifully put together and a great shrine to cycling culture in Copenhagen.
Available from Amazon.
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