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How To Bike Like a Dane

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In Copenhagen, a bike is a must.

They have special bike lanes in most roads, and even traffic lights for bikers! Since I am determined to become a Dane (and meet a Danish prince charming), I have immediately become a biker.

Me on my bike!

Here’s HOW TO BIKE LIKE A DANE:

  1. Wear wedge heels, and look amazing. There’s no such thing as a shoe unfit for biking in Denmark.
  2. Helmet, schmelmet! How will everyone see your gorgeous blonde hair if you’re covering it with an ugly helmet?!
  3. If you have a child, there are a million types of baskets and seats for your child. And don’t worry, you can still drive as aggressively as you’d like. The kiddie seatbelts are pretty secure.
  4. Once you are all set up, there are some rules to the road. For example, if you want to stop, stick your hand straight up in the air. Then glide gracefully off your seat and put one long, slender leg to the  ground. Wanna start back up again? It’s easy! Just push off the ground, begin pedaling, and slide back onto the seat, all in one, graceful, Danish motion!
  5. Turning left and right requires sticking the respective hand out to the side. Passing someone and merging lanes are exceptions. In the states, you’d have to use your blinker. In Denmark, just don’t knock them over and you’re good.
  6. Who knows who has the right of way? If anyone who is not inherently a bike rider can tell me that, I’d love to hear it.
  7. Finally, if you want to bike like a Dane, you have to laugh at all the new Americans who just got their bikes. They do this awkward bike-waddle while they pedal, crash into each other when they stop, and fall off when they start up again. Want to be a nice Dane? Offer to show them directions. They’ll love you forever.

Note to readers: While I am not actually a Dane, I do not do the bike-waddle, nor have I been laughed at by a Danish man named Jonas who then led Mia to her destination.

my beautiful bike

Thanks for the lights, Anastasia & Adrian!

bike garage in our courtyard

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About bribogue

I'm a girl on the move! finding myself in Copenhagen this semester...following my heart to harmony and happiness.

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