Tonight: Forum: Cycle Chic–Bike Culture and Policies in Denmark

Tonight: Forum: Cycle Chic–Bike Culture and Policies in Denmark

Exciting event tonight hosted by the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Cycle Chic:

Bike Culture and Policies in Denmark

The cool factor of the bicycle has come a long way in the U.S., but nowhere is it as mainstream to bike in your suit and tie or your fashionable dress as it is in European cities like Copenhagen. Danish bike culture, often called “cycle chic”, is central to the Danes’ approach to sustainable living, and one of the key factors in their ability to remain energy independent. This supportive culture combines with supportive transportation infrastructure to make biking the mode of choice for nearly one-third of local trips in Denmark, compared to just 1% of local trips in the United States. What have the Danish done to make biking a national habit?

Join us for a lecture and discussion with Mikael Colville-Andersen with an introduction by Andy Clarke. A film-maker, speaker and writer, Mr. Colville-Andersen has actively branded Copenhagen as the leading bike city in the world. Check out his two blogs: Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize.

According to Copenhagenize “Each and every day 500,000 people ride their bicycle to work or school in and around Copenhagen. This blog highlights who they are, why they do and how it was made possible.

Forty years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else but now 55% of the population choose the bicycle for all trips. 37% trips by commuters to work and school are by bikes. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere.”

Speakers:

Mikael Colville-Andersen

Andy Clarke, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists

Eric Gilliland, Executive Director, WABA

Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Event sponsors:

Coalition for Smarter Growth, WABA, and League of American Bicyclists

Location: National Capital Planning Commission

401 9th St NW, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20004

Date: 9/30/2009 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information, please contact Lauren at 202-244-4408 x125 or lauren@smartergrowth.net.

RSVP by: September 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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