Put your foot down without touching the ground before you take off from a traffic light. This is not just a pretty idea, it really works. Why there are only two of them in the whole of Copenhagen, I forgot to ask about when I called to find out more about the “rest your foot” ramp.
Stop without getting off your bike
Cumbersome cycling involves either your foot groping for the pavement when you stop or actually getting off the seat. I am sure you will agree, it is a bit of a bother if your momentum is broken because you have to make many of these kinds of stops on your ride.
For me, this sometimes means I almost topple when regaining balance on a heavily-laden bike (notice the shadow on the picture, yes, that is me with one hand holding the camera and one hand on my bike, carrying my 25 kilo heavy 6-year-old son on the back seat).
Copenhagen thanks you for cycling
The foot ramp reads, “Hi cyclist! Rest your foot here… and thank you for cycling in the city.” If this doesn’t put a smile on your face and make you feel like you are part of the Copenhagen cycling community, then I must be cycle crazy.
Recreate at the lake
The lake bordered by the busy roads, Nørre Søgade and Gyldenløvsgade, is fine to stroll or run around, or skate on in winter if the ice is thick enough. On this Saturday afternoon the Peblinge lake, as it is called, was fine to throw pebbles into for a six year-old.