RE: [carfree_cities] Getting kids to school w/o a car
- My wife and I both visited Christiania by coincidence before we met. We
also found our ideal bike there by coincidence. It is a very interesting
place and by no means perfect but it is car-free. I encourage others to
From: Henning Mortensen [mailto:henning_work@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Getting kids to school w/o a car
>In addition, there is a company Copenhagen in calledWow Chistiania Bikes!!!!!
>http://www.christianiabikes.com/ We modeled our bike on their design
>with some modifications. We have also looked into ordering one of
>their bikes from England. I will give people more information if
For those of you who do not know the history of these bicycles I thought I
should post this. These are very special bikes!!!
It all starts with a disused military barracks in the heart of Copenhagen.
In the early seventies, a group of squatters moved into the buildings and
declared the area, Christiania, an independent state. Of course this act of
treason, led to huge debates in the local parliament, but lo and behold
nothing was ever done about it. People eventually set up homes in the area,
which although lacking in power, had a small idealistic community. A lack of
laws in the new-found state, resulted in it becoming the hub for narcotics,
and from what I here, the police refused to enter the city after dark.
Although much debate over the years has centered on what to do with
Christiania, I am happy to say that Christiania still sits in the heart of
Copenhagen. I visited about five years ago, there are still a few idealists
living there selling baking and assorted trinkets, and of course there is
the house of the fellow that recognized that you needed bikes to get around
in Christiania. Needing a special bike for a special place he invented and
built the famous "Christiania Bike", which looks nothing like any other bike
Amazing that they now have a web site too!
Wow, thanks for bringing that up.
ps. Any errors or omissions?
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- Sam asked, what is a dual-carriageway, and how were the cyclists killed. A
dual-carriageway is a road with two lanes in either direction. And they
were killed predominantly by cars entering the dual-carriageway from a
Answering Ryan's questions: The speed limit has been reduced to 50 from 70
mph. and the road is urban 19th century.
Louis-Luc and Henning share my sentiments. I'm preparing a letter which, I
hope, will provide a reasonable argument against banning cyclists. Thanks
for the comments, gang.
Roy P(icking out the best bits)
> What exactly is a dual-carriageway ... ?A dual-carriageway is a road where the traffic in the two directions are
physically separated by some sort of barrier. Other people might call them
"divided highways". There will be 2 or more lanes in each direction.
from: Frank Sierowski
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