Meet the Danes gave you the opportunity to meet the leading experts of one of the world’s leading cycling nations.
The format of Meet the Danes was inspired by Speed Dating. Every presentation lasts 8 minutes – then music was played and the audience circulated to a new presentation. During the session, you were able to hear a total of 6 presentations.
Cycling Cities and Organisations
1. Once Upon a Time – the Cycling Embassy of Denmark
By Marie Vestergaard Magni, Veksø
Once Upon a Time is the story of a country that for more than a century has been a place of cyclists and the story of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark!
2. The Danish national bicycling strategy
By Henrik Nejst Jensen, the Road Directorate
This strategy involves increased focus on bicycle traffic in environmental impact assessments, an annual bicycling conference, and safe bicycling infrastructure.
3. The Danish government bicycling subsidy fund
By Mette Dam Mikkelsen and Lars Moustgaard, the Road Directorate
Hear about a subsidy programme with € 133 million for building and improving bicycling facilities and for partially financing local bicycling projects.
4. Danish cycle routes, European cycle routes and cycling holidays in Denmark.
By Jens Erik Larsen, Dansk Cykel Safari
Hear the initiator of the national cycle routes in Denmark and the EuroVelo project.
5. Relaunching Denmark as a leading destination for bicycle tourism
By Claus Rex, Danish Cyclist Federation
DCF and partners are re-launching the national network of cycling routes making Denmark a leading destination for bicycle tourism
6. Tools to lobby: timing, patience, empathy and professionalism
By Lise Bjørg Pedersen, Danish Cyclist Federation
The experiences of a bicycle lobbyist: timing is everything: timing is everything, but empathy and a high level of professionalism are also important for a lobbyist.
7. Successful lobbying for bicycle financing
By Morten Strunge Meyer, Danish Cancer Society
Hear about the strategic secrets of how six NGOs convinced the Danish Government to finance 1 billion DKK for better bicycle infrastructure in municipalities.
8. Integrating bicycle planning into municipal planning
By Anne Marie Lautrup, City of Aalborg
How can bicycle planning be integrated in municipal planning? The Bicycle Action Plan from the City of Aalborg.
9. Systemic effort to increase cycling in Randers
By Malene Kofod Nielsen, COWI
Learn how a combined action can speed up the process, and how COWI helped from planning to execution in the municipality of Randers.
10. Ballerup – bicycle town of the year 2009
By Birgitte Løkke, City of Ballerup
In 2009, the municipality of Ballerup was selected as bicycle town of the year due to success in motivating the people of Ballerup to cycle.
11. The bicycle palette of Frederiksberg
By Lone Andersen, City of Frederiksberg
Hear about the process of creating a bicycle account, bicycle policy, and bicycle action plan.
12. Innovative bicycle project in the city of Helsingør
By Lene Hansen, Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Establish a bicycle ring around the centre of Helsingør and a so-called bypass through the narrow urban spaces.
13. Cycling in Furesø Municipality
By Lene W. Hartmann, Furesø Municipality
Hear about Furesø’s efforts to improve conditions for cycling even more, including a route to central Copenhagen.
14. Albertslund – a unique system of paths – for Albertslund and the Copenhagen Region as a whole
By Jens Frost, City of Albertslund
In addition to its unique system of separate paths integrated with urban development, Albertslund is the first local authority in the Greater Copenhagen Area to establish Super Cycle Highways.
15. Varde – cycling in Western Denmark
By Anja Irene Bæk, City of Varde
How is it possible to get more bicycle paths for the same money and more happy cyclists at bicycle paths linking the small communities in the country? A success story from Jutland.
16. Bicycle planning and speed management
By Ivan Christensen, Municipality of Gladsaxe,
Either all roads are equipped with cycling paths or the speed limits are reduced to 40 km/hour or lower.
Learn about bicycle planning and speed management in the Municipality of Gladsaxe.
Studies and Research
17. Myths and facts on the cycling Danes
By Anette Enemark & Jakob Høj, Tetraplan
Come and get a quick snap-shot of the Danes and their relationship with their bike. Do all Danes bike every day – come rain come shine?
18. Health benefits from cycling – for the individual and the society
By Alexander Karl Lehmann and Luise Moustgaard Frandsen, Public Health Office
Learn about the health benefits from biking on the physical, mental and social well-being, the economic benefits, and our strategy to increase biking in Copenhagen.
19. Bike-ability: cities for zero-emission travel and public health
By Thomas Sick Nielsen, Hans Skov-Petersen, and Trine Agervig Carstensen, University of Copenhagen
Presentation of the project ‘Bike-ability: cities for zero-emission travel and public health’ at the Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape, and Planning.
20. Finding the Greenest route
By Martin Hvidberg, Aarhus University
Cycling in the city means cycling in polluted air – or does it? Is it possible to navigate across the city along ‘green’ routes with a minimum of air pollution?
21. Factors of importance when choosing travel mode
By Linda Christensen, Technical University of Denmark
Which factors are important when people choose between travelling by bike or by car? Hear the results from a mathematical model based on the National Danish Travel Survey.
22. Economic evaluation of cycle projects – methodology and cases
By Eva Willumsen, COWI A/S
Hear the results of a cost-benefit analysis evaluating two bicycle projects illustrating that bicycle projects are likely to yield a positive economic return.
23. Can an intervention project increase cycling among Danish adolescents?
By Lars Breum Christensen, University of Southern Denmark
Description of a large Danish intervention project to increase physical activity levels, including cycling. Which interventions will be used and how is the starting point of the effort?
24. A study of environmental factors associated with bicycling
By Thomas Madsen, University of Southern Denmark
Apply GIS to identify the most significant factors related to cycling, and via GPS objectively measure transport behaviour linked with measured urban form. Result: a GIS- and GPS-based Bikeability-index.
25. Bicycle life in cities
By Louise Kielgast, Gehl Architects
Presenting a new innovation project by Gehl Architects, which has set out to develop a new method for surveying bicycles in the city.
26. Cycling in Copenhagen – Facts and figures
By Ulrik Djupdræt, City of Copenhagen
Documentation and research is crucial to the City of Copenhagen’s cycle planning. Hear how we survey and what the latest trends are.
27. Cycling as everyday life transport
By Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, University of Roskilde
In Denmark, cycling is not considered a sport, but just as one possible mode of transport. Through qualitative research I highlight similarities between the car and the cycle as an everyday life transport mode.
28. Life quality and active living
By Bianca Maria Hermansen, Centre for Sports and Architecture, Danish School of Architecture
An exploration of the relation between life quality, active living and urban planning with examples of urban planning that invites to physical activity.
Communication and Campaigns
29. Bicycle campaigns
By Line Stærk, Aros Kommunikation
Old habits die hard… or what? How to change habits through communication.
30. The use of partners in extensive cycling campaigns
By Loa Bendix, the Danish Cyclist Federation (DCF)
Learn about essential methods to engage external partners like the local authorities, schools, etc., in campaigns.
31. ‘EXPO 2010 – city branding through cycling’
By Kristina Edrén, EXPO 2010
A modern fairy tale of the City of Odense, where the proportion of cyclists has increased through the last decade, resulting in healthier and longer-living residents.
32. Danish Cycling Culture for Urban Sustainability
By Thorstein Andreasen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
By means of the exhibition Dreams on Wheels the Danish Government is promoting cycling and people friendly cities all over the world.
33. Copenhagen bicycle culture through the ages
By Christina Britz Nicolaisen, co-curator of “Copenhagen by Bicycle” at the Museum of Copenhagen
How have the cyclists of yesterday have shaped the bicycle culture of today?
34. Copenhagen: City of Bicycles
By Cecilia Vanman, author
Author Cecilia Vanman presents her new book, which portrays the world famous Copenhagen bicycle culture and all that it entails.
35. Cycle Tourism in Denmark
By Ditte Møller Munch, VisitDenmark
Here you will get an overview of current initiatives within marketing and development of cycle tourism in Denmark.
36. Cycling as architectural and cultural development
By Andreas Holm Hammershøj, Danish Architecture Centre and Copenhagen X
Learn how Copenhagen X presents bicycle infrastructure and culture as an integrated part of the ongoing architectural and cultural development of Copenhagen.
37. Cycling, health and cultural heritage
By Camilla Liv Andersen, Danish Cancer Society
Presenting a cycling strategy for nine municipalities around Copenhagen combining infrastructure, health and cultural heritage as a new way to support and promote physical activity in the everyday life.
38. Bike Friendly Workplace
By Lotte Ruby, the Danish Cyclists Federation
Cycling employees are healthy employees. Bike Friendly Workplace is DCF’s offer to workplaces that wish to create the best possible conditions for their cycling employees.
39. E-bikes to reduce car trips
By Elsebeth Gedde, City of Odense
The municipality of Odense has lent out 100 electric bikes to car-drivers in an effort to try to change their mobility behaviour. Hear the result.
40. Senior cycling in Odense
By Dorthe Gyldenlund Råby, City of Odense
Together with eight volunteer cycle captains, the City of Odense has planned and carried out cycle trips for seniors with different lengths and destinations.
41. Promoting bicycle helmets with love
By Martin Viborg Svendsen, SHRPA
The campaign “Use a bicycle helmet – because we love you” promotes the love for family, friends and other loved ones. The usage of bike helmets in Aalborg went from 6% to 44%.
42. Making children cycle more
By Martin Kristian Kallesen, Via Trafik
This presentation deals with bicycle projects with a special focus on children such as “The bicycle bus” and “Traffic policy at public schools.”
43. Children cycling in Gentofte
By Thomas Gjerulff, Municipality of Gentofte
In Gentofte, we have a net of bicycle paths and several activities up through school to motivate the children to use their bikes.
44. Cycling Games
By Karen Skovhus Fausbøll, Danish Cyclist Federation
Through funny cycling games children can practice being safe and confident cyclists and thereby help secure the unique Danish cycling culture.
45. Liveable neighbourhoods and school traffic?
By Anna Thormann, EnergiService Denmark.
Rush hour traffic around schools makes it hard for school children to walk and bike to school on their own in the first grades. Hear more about the green zone around schools and the EC project PRO.MOTION.
46. Measures to promote cycling for pupils
By Helle Huse, Rambøll
Hear examples of how to form good habits in traffic behaviour from childhood to fight school children going to school by car.
47. Increased school cycling as a means to prevent lifestyle diseases
By Allan Carstensen, the Danish Cyclist Federation
Despite a high rate of children cycling to school in Denmark, the recent years have seen a drastic decline. The intention of the project “Safe and secure school cycling” is to bend this trend.
Hardware and Infrastructure
48. Tracks, cycle routes and other networks – Copenhagen’s cycling infrastructure
By Niels Jensen, City of Copenhagen
Learn what characterises Copenhagen’s cycling infrastructure and hear more about the network of cycle tracks, cycle lanes, green cycle routes, and cycle link-ups.
49. New high-class bicycle routes for commuters
By Pablo Celis, Aarhus Cycle City
Aarhus Cycle City is establishing new high-class bicycle routes for commuters, with Park and Bike Terminals, out-of-level junctions, and other facilities for cyclists.
50. Super Cycle Highways in greater Copenhagen
By Maria Helledi Streuli, City of Copenhagen
18 municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark are collaborating on building Super Cycle Highways. The key-words are fast, comfortable, safe, and secure.
51. The super bicycle path
By Fillip Zibrandtsen and Nicolai Ryding Høegh, Rambøll
The purpose of the super bicycle path is to improve conditions for cyclists by means of fast lanes, comfort, lanes, green waves for cyclists, and other ITS solutions
52. Bicycle path inspection
By Joachim Parbo, Aarhus Cycle City
Aarhus Cycle City has launched a comprehensive effort to improve the overall maintenance of the city’s more than 300 miles of bicycle path, s to accommodate the increasing demands from the citizens.
53. A million eyes on the road
By Kathrine Toft, City of Copenhagen
A new homepage gives the cyclist an opportunity to report minor flaws on the roads and suggestions of improvements. The way from when a problem occurs to when it is dealt with has been shortened.
54. More than bicycle parking
By Niels Hoé Svendsen, City of Copenhagen
Here you can learn about the City of Copenhagen’s shift of focus from increasing capacity to new initiatives such as mobile bike racks, dynamic bike/car parking, and cargo bike parking.
55. Innovative bicycle parking and promotion
By Ole Vesterberg Lund, Falco A/S
Falco sets new standards for bicycle parking and cycling promotion working towards parking the most bicycles in a limited space.
56. Urban planning for the bicycle as the obvious choice
By Jacob Deichmann, Rambøll
The aim of the new district of Nordhavnen is a sustainable distribution of traffic with one-third bicycle traffic, one-third public transport and one-third individual car traffic. Projects include a “super bicycle path” and a programme for bicycle parking.
57. Sustainable conquest of urban space
By Kjeld A. Larsen, Council for Sustainable Transport
The combination of bicycle lanes and rail-based public transport: a sustainable method to conquer space within the city?
58. Show the cyclists that they count! – Veksø mobility solutions
By Marianne Weinreich, Veksø
Be inspired to create an urban space that makes it easier, more fun, and more attractive to be a cyclist.
59. BikeMetro – faster than by car
By Palle R Jensen, inventor of the RUF transport system
BikeMetro: Ride your bike a few km to the “station” where a cabin moves you like a horizontal elevator at a speed of 100 km/h the long distance towards your destination. Continue to your destination by bicycle. It is faster than by car.
60. Urban transformation, cycling, and recreation
By Camilla Hedegaard Møller, Schønherr KS
Is it possible to structure an urban transformation around a recreational connection? And is it possible to create new spatial expressions and experiences through the meeting between art and movement?
61. How far to the next ice cream stand?
By Jesper Pørksen, VisitEastDenmark
Learn how the tourist organisation VisitEastDenmark develops a network of family-friendly bike routes in Eastern Denmark
Bicycles and Accessories
62. Pendal Bike – a simple, robust multipurpose bicycle
By Jens Mindegaard, Technical University of Denmark
With the power train protected within the rear wheel, Pendal Bike allows for a relaxed aerodynamic riding posture. A low step platform between the wheels adds a skateboard mode for easy “take off” and “landing” or safe transport of a child or heavy luggage
63. Larry vs. Harry – The world’s lightest, fastest cargo bike
Larry vs. Harry is being represented by Harry
Where other cargo bikes are often heavy and slow, the BULLITT is only as wide as a normal bicycle and just a few kilos heavier – and it has a funked up, groovy design.
64. Comfort bikes for people with pain
By Kirsten Thorhauge and Anne Marie Burvil
Is it possible for people with arthritis or back pain to find comfort in riding a bike? Learn how rehabilitation patients can be helped to regain cycling by applying modifications to custom bikes.
65. Bike lights to reduce accidents
By Sara Fritzner, Reelight
How can you reduce bicycle related accidents by 32%? Hear more about the battery-free bike lights from Reelight and learn how to run successful bike light campaigns in your city.
66. Selling, securing and repairing bicycles in Denmark
By Erik Oddershede, Danske Cykelhandlere (Danish Two Wheel Retailers Association)
The Danish bicycle trade in figures, education of bicycle mechanics, the Danish frame number system, and insurance-approved bicycle locks.
67. The Corporate Bike + Danish Cargo Bike Championships
By Erik Hentze, founder of Firmacyklen (The Corporate Bike)
The Corporate Bike is a two-wheeled business card advertising your vision, supporting your economy, health and creativity, and letting you float through traffic at your own speed.
68. Logo bicycles – integrating cycling and branding at workplaces
By Jesper Werner, Logocykler
Many private and public organisations see the great benefit in using cycling as a way to brand themselves positively as well as keep their employees healthy and mobile.
69. Baisikeli – Bicycles for a better life
By Niels Bonefeld and Henrik Smedegaard, Baisikeli
Danish second-hand bikes are sent to Africa to generate work and education along with cheaper and better transportation. Hear the story behind your conference bike, and how it creates change for the greater good.