After an internship with Gehl Architects, two students from the University of Washington in the U.S. have produced a handbook on strategies for making better urban spaces for citizens of all ages based on their experiences with the Gehl approach and the Danish bicycle culture.
How can we influence the recent development where more and more children are driven to school, so the children instead get out of the car seats and up on their bicycles? Tools like school-route analyses and traffic policies can help make the task of securing the school routes more systematic and ensure that the resources are utilised in the best possible way.
Counts of bike lights in Denmark show that the number of cyclists with lights on has increased over the last five years. However, one in six still cycle without lights and is thus a danger to themselves and to others. The Danish Cyclists’ Federation is trying to rectify this tendency through the light and reflector campaign “LYS PÅ – med Ludvig” (LIGHTS ON – with Ludvig).
Good sense is crucial when we move about in traffic. But the imagination is our best ally if we want to teach our children to cycle both safely and happily. Read all about the positive Danish experiences with cycle training through play.
The number of lifestyle-related diseases is on the rise. However, socio-economic studies show that there is a lot to be gained by learning healthy transport habits from an early age—both in terms of fitness ratings and good spirits.