In Denmark we are very used to riding bike every day, but that is very different in the rest of the world. I have on several occasions heard foreign people comment on the danish biking culture, and I have found it really interesting that it’s such a huge deal. Growing up in Denmark I’ve never realized it was so special? Therefor I thought it would be fun to hear what it’s like in other countries so I have spoken to a Danish biking expert who has been in the USA all summer, and he has also seen a huge difference in the biking culture from Denmark to the USA.
”In large parts of the USA you rarely see a bike, only in the big cities where the culture is more like the Danish one. Mainly because there’s no point in owning a car in the big cities. Especially in San Francisco where I spend 10 weeks this summer there are many cyclists. But with that said large parts of USA is almost empty of bikes, and that is in my opinion a huge loss, especially regarding the public health”, says Tobias Ehlig, who is the entrepreneur behind eCykelhjelm.dk.
In contrast to the USA in general Denmark is a huge biking country, and that makes Tobias – who is also an active biker himself – very happy.
”I am biking to the University every day and therefore I also know the very positive effect that cycling has on your soul. In shorter periods I have been driving to school by car in the morning, and when I arrive to the lecture I am not nearly as awake as when I have been riding my bike.”
He thinks that his daily bike rides gives him benefits not only when taking his health in consideration, but also regarding his contribution to saving the environment.
”In Denmark almost everybody own a bike and we love using it. But cycling to and from work/school has it’s risks. Riding a bike isn’t that safe and in Denmark we have so many accidents with fatal outcome every year. Therefore it made me very happy to see that in the US they where miles ahed of us in regards to wearing a bike helmet. From my point of view it seems though that this trend is turning around in Denmark these years, and in general my experience is that using a helmet becomes more and more popular. Earlier we thought that wearing a helmet was kind of stupid, but today it seems like a much more reasonable and responsible choice, that people in all ages respect”, says Tobias Ehlig.