I hope you all had a good week! As I mentioned in the second of my two “8 Day Adventure” posts, my next post will focus on biking in Copenhagen. Yes, the time has officially come- I have rented a bike! My biggest regret about biking in Copenhagen is that I did not do it sooner, but I am excited to continue the rest of my study abroad adventures within Copenhagen via bike!
A City of Cyclists
A well known fact about Copenhagen is how popular biking is among its citizens. There are spacious bike lanes on either side of the roads that separate the cars on the street from the pedestrians on the sidewalk. The bikers use stoplights and hand signals similar to the way cars do in order to move swiftly through lanes and avoid any accidents. Copenhageners take full advantage of the bike-friendly infrastructure (no matter the weather) and it is by far the most efficient and eco-friendly way to navigate the city.
A Wobbly Start
The Copenhageners make biking look too easy! I am not ashamed to admit that I was very intimidated by the precision with which the bikers moved, and their relentless use of the bike lanes even in the rain and snow. I could hardly recall the last time I rode a bike, aside from stationary indoor cycling. I decided to master the mass transit system in Copenhagen first, and learn to use the Metro, S-Train, and bus system before trying to bike later this spring.
When I visited Interlaken during my travel break, Katelyn and I rented mountain bikes. The phrase “just like riding a bike” was certainly applicable. I wobbled at first, but after a few minutes I began to bike a bit more naturally and the movements became familiar again. I was able to enjoy the Interlaken mountain trails and lakeside paths from an up-close perspective, and I decided that as soon as I returned to Copenhagen I would rent a bike!
Copenhagen from a Biker’s View
DIS provides a list of bike rental shops that offer student discounts, and I chose to use Swapfiets as my bike rental provider. The staff was friendly and helpful, and I picked up my bike the same day I applied for rental. I made sure to review the bike rules, wear a helmet, and learn the hand signals before making my debut biking attempt in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen feels different from the saddle of a bike. All of the buildings, shops, and parks that I glanced at from the window of the bus appeared more alive from the bike lane. I started to notice all the delicious smells wafting from bakeries and the chatter of pedestrians on the sidewalk. Hidden boutiques and cafés appeared along the corners of streets I had never seen before, and I began to finally feel like a local in the city I’ve called home for nearly four months.
As I stated earlier: my biggest regret about biking in Copenhagen is that I did not do it sooner. I have about a month left until I head back to America, and I plan on making the most of each moment I have left in this wonderful city! Biking this past week has definitely allowed me to become more independent, and I highly recommend biking as a way of travel for any prospective or current DIS students who are seeking an authentic Copenhagen experience! With my bike, I can cut my commute time in half, exercise my body, and enjoy the journey as a whole.
What’s Coming Up Next
During the Easter break next week, I will be traveling to Barcelona. Hopefully the weather will be pleasant, as I am looking to soak up some much needed sunshine! I will report back about this trip once I return, and in the meantime feel free to reach out to me or leave a comment below. As always, thank you for following along on my adventures!