Practicing foreign traffic behavior nearly gets me killed in Copenhagen

The other day, I was riding with my housemate on one of her first urban bike rides ever and helping her get used to Danish streets. But I had just myself come back from 5 months in Holland, India and Cambodia so I was a bit rusty on the rules, especially the notion of following them too particularly.

I made a left turn directly without first crossing and waiting to cross the street again (which is the custom in Copenhagen). I almost got hit by oncoming traffic coming both directions, who honked angrily to remind me of my mistake.

I was a bit shaken up and had to explain to my housemate not to *always* follow my lead! Just to show how it’s the practice of the law, not the letter of the law that is important, which is why understanding traffic behavior in different contexts is important!


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