A Dane's Best Friend: Bicycling in Denmark

Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for KidsJanuary 2020

A Dane's Best Friend: Bicycling in Denmark
When was the last time that you rode a bike? Did you ride to school, or a park, or just to have fun with your friends?
By Marcia Amidon Lusted

In the United States, about 100 million people own a bicycle. Most only ride them a few times a year. But most Danes not only own bikes, but they also ride them regularly. Nine out of 10 Danes have a bike, and the average person rides at least a mile (1.6 km) every day. They aren’t just riding bikes for fun. They use them to get to work, to take their kids places, and even to carry cargo. Danes ride their bicycles no matter what the weather. It could be sunny, raining, hailing, or even snowing, and cyclists will still be biking wherever they need to go. If a trip is less than three miles, one-quarter of those trips will be taken by bicycle. They have a saying in Denmark: “A bicycle is a Dane’s best friend.”

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