Crime Riders: how not to ride in Denmark

Danes making fun of all the rules there are for cyclists in Copenhagen. Everything here is practically illegal and subject to fines. Riding without a tail light, taking a right on red or left on green (without first crossing the street and then waiting for the next light to cross again) are all subject to $100 spot fines.

People are quite law abiding compared with places in the US where bicyclists quite often completely ignore lights and more or less do as they please. Of course, Scandinavians always like to complain about issues that others might find inconsequential since the problems here are simply on a minute scale compared to other places in the world. So of course there is nonetheless a huge debate about people breaking the laws while biking.

I saw Copenhagenize blogger Mikael Colville Andersen duke it out with the superintendent of the Copenhagen traffic police in a debate (that link also takes you to a cross post of the same video with a handy translation of some of the Danish in it). He made a fairly compelling argument that what we really need is not more enforcement of laws that are designed for cars, but more bike friendly traffic rules and more enforcement of the killers on the road- cars. I think if we really scratched our heads for a minute and thought about all the hit and runs and non-prosecuted car drivers responsible for injuries and fatalities of cyclists and pedestrians on the road, it would be pretty easy to see just who the ‘crime riders’ really are.


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