Cambridge Cycling Campaign is organizing a study tour of Copenhagen [map], the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen is famous for its cycle infrastructure and cycle culture.
Date – 24th-27th May
The tour will happen over the long weekend of May 25th 2012 until the afternoon of May 27th 2012.
This is the weekend before the long Jubilee bank-holidays. This may allow you to continue your tour of Denmark or surrounding countries to also encompass the following weekend. Cambridge Cycling Campaign activities will happen on the 25th, 26th and 27th. Any additional days you decide to stay in Copenhagen are for you, not the Campaign, to organise.
We are particularly keen that elected Councillors and Local Authority officers consider joining us.
Sign up now
To sign up for the tour, please go to: http://www.doodle.com/knrqfrwh9xix46vf
Once signed up, you will need to book your own travel to Copenhagen, and book your hotel room using the suggestions the Campaign will be making if you choose to do so. If you have problems or questions, please email Robin Heydon on the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01223) 690718.
Discussion amongst participants
Suggested accommodation is:
DanHostel City [website]
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 50, 1553 København V
Tel.: +45 3311 8585 – Fax: +45 3311 8588
(not the hostel previously noted here).
Make sure you get the right DanHostel as there are several.
Getting to Copenhagen
It is possible to cycle all the way to Copenhagen. However…
Rail and Sail
However, it may be less energetic to take a train to Harwich, catch the overnight ferry to Esbjerg, and then a train to Copenhagen. Bicycles on this ferry cost only £5, although a cabin is required when booking.
There is a sailing from Harwich to Esberg leaving on the 23rd May, arriving in Denmark on the 24th. There is a sailing from Esberg to Harwich leaving on the 28th.
Or call: 0871 522 3883 (Calls cost 10p per minute, plus network extras).
There are sailings every other day, so if you wish to arrive early, there is a sailing on the 19th or 21st. If you wish to leave later, there is a sailing on the 30th, or 1st June, etc…
There are many other ways to get to Copenhagen, including using Eurostar via Brussels or Amsterdam. However, it should be noted that the carriage of bicycles is limited on these services (although, as noted below, you can hire a bike when you get there anyway), and the train journey takes almost a day even though these are mainly using high speed services.
Details of how to do this are on the excellent Seat 61 website, at: http://www.seat61.com/Denmark.htm
Alternatively, it is possible to fly direct to Copenhagen using Easyjet from Stansted airport. It is possible to transport a bicycle on this service, although there is a requirement to place the bicycle in a “box” and to pay an additional fee for this luggage. (Note below that you can hire a bike in Copenhagen instead anyway).
Copenhagenize has kindly offered to assist in the organisation of a tour of cycling infrastructure in and around Copenhagen. They have also offered to organize a meeting with local politicians to discuss issues of creating and maintaining the cycle culture in the city.
Another day will take a longer journey into the countryside to see how cycle paths differ in urban, sub-urban and rural contexts.
Copenhagenize have also suggested that a quick trip by train to Malmö in Sweden to have a look at a city that has been increasing its cycle culture recently.
If you don’t wish to travel with your bicycle, it is possible to hire bicycles at the Copenhagen Train Station on a weekday during normal working hours. There are also other bicycle hire companies around the city centre. Bicycle hire is very reasonably priced.