The City of Two Wheels 16

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I have one overwhelming memory of my week in Copenhagen: bicycles.

There are bikes everywhere.

Yes, I have been to Amsterdam, but for some reason (I don’t know the exact statistics), I think Copenhagen just feels more “bikey.”

I spent about a week in Copenhagen a few months ago, as spring attempted repeatedly to poke its head out and winter kept pushing it back down. But there were enough days where spring won its battle to get me outside and shooting some time lapse and video, at least a little bit.

The result is that one minute video above. I have a ways to go on my photography and video shooting techniques and even further to go in my video editing techniques (plus the need for a new MacBook Pro to even run the proper editing software I want to use), but overall I am moderately happy with that effort.

I know I’m not going to get any better until I start getting some of my stuff out there for you to give me feedback — both positive and negative.

While I was in Copenhagen, I finally got to meet Alex Berger of Virtual Wayfarer. Absolutely great guy (and toweringly tall). He’s a much more experienced video hand than I am, so I will be leaning on his expertise in the coming months.

I hope I bought him enough beers as payment. Then again, if not, more excuse to go back and explore Copenhagen in the summer.


I was hosted for my week in Copenhagen by the wonderful folks at Hostelbookers. I have worked with them now for almost a year, first on the Ultimate Train Challenge and then afterwards on my own.

It is simply a joy to work with them.

bicycle from copenhagen denmark

They put me in up a hotel called Sleep In Heaven and it was exactly what I needed. A very clean six bed dorm room, with great beds and only one huge snorer, which I am going to write about soon — I have successfully trained myself to go to sleep regardless of outside noise.

If I could drag out my training method for 40-50 pages, I’d sell an eBook. Damn it.

There was a 1 Euro, every refilling coffee mug all day that I used to its full effect. And a one hour, two-for-one happy hour at around 7 p.m. that signaled the end of my work day every day.

I will be going back. And I need to make it across the bridge to Sweden next time.




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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

16 thoughts on “The City of Two Wheels

  • Alex Berger

    It was great having the opportunity to connect during your visit! I’m with you 100%. While Amsterdam often gets a lot of attention for its bikes, the Danes have completely integrated them into every aspect of the culture which gives the city a very different feel.

    I really like how the timelapse captures the bike traffic, and the timelapse HDR pans are beautiful.

    The good news is, summer has finally decided to surface and it is amazing here. Believe it or not but there are even more bikes on the streets and everyone spends most of their day relaxing in the sun. Our beaches are also now open.

    Count me in for more beer any time!

  • Karyle

    I love riding bikes and I think it is the best exercise for me as well.. This is a great post you have for us!

  • Turtle

    I love the idea of the free bikes they have in Copenhagen. (At least, I assume they’re free… my friend and I just grabbed a couple off the street. Sorry, Copenhagen, if we were supposed to pay for them…)

  • Adrienne

    A bike is the best way to see most places I’ve been. A bike ride followed by beer is the best way to spend just about any day!

  • Jennifer

    Nice blog. It was great having the opportunity to connect during your visit! I’m with you 100%. Thanks that you’ve shared.

  • John

    I love cities with a good bike culture, and Copenhagen is definitely one of them. I think it was the first place I ever went that had bicycles that you could check out and return all over the city, and now those seem to be popping up everywhere.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      That is a whole concept that I really wish more cities would do. Great idea.

  • Kenneth

    If I live there, I will feel better. I love riding bikes even it is so hot outside. I am a bike addict and a fanatic.

  • Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    Was just in Copenhagen. The omnipresence of bikes leaps out—as one leaps out of the way until one figures out the rules—saw some tourists of the clueless variety get run over, ending up with them and the bike rider on the ground. (The rules are not that hard people—don’t congregate in the bike lane!!). I loved learning that the new metro station under construction will have “2 story” bike storage. We’re trying here in Philly.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      The bike lane can be dangerous, because those of us from places without many bikes don’t think about it too much.

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