Rest your foot at the light, take a stroll by the lake

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.

One of the two foot rests in town. This one is by the junction at Nørre Søgade and Gyldenløvsgade, near Søpavillionen.

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.

On the corner of Fredensbro and Østersøgade, the second and only other ramp in town probably bears the same message. I look forward to lean on that one, and hopefully many more in the future.

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.

By Kamilla Stoffregen • October 14, 2010
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  1. Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm by tag.toget | Permalink

    I really miss Copenhagen and cycling there. Almost everytime, everywhere, happy on my old bike. Hello from Czech republic.

  2. Posted October 26, 2010 at 7:55 am by Kamilla Stoffregen | Permalink

    Hello and thank you for your nice message from Czech Republic. Feel free to share your cycling stories from Copenhagen here.

Copenhagen by bike

Kamilla Stoffregen

I am a Copenhagener reporting from the city’s busy bicycle lanes. My bike is made for riding, and I ride all over the place, jumping off at spots for practical reasons or to take in upper and underground city culture. Half my life I have cycled in this city. I do not wear a helmet and I have not fixed a single puncture but I know where it can be done with a smile. Follow me and you too will find out the best way to move around in Copenhagen is by bike, not because you can. Because you love it.