This short documentary (4:39), Copenhagen Cargo Bikes, shows us how important cargo bikes are to everyday life in Copenhagen. It’s a lot more interesting than you would think. Only 40% of the population use cars, and although they have a decent public transportation system, it is easiest to travel by foot or bicycle.
At one point I felt a bit uncomfortable when a gentleman riding a double cargo bike had a bunch of items on board, as well as four of his very young children crammed in. One of them being a tiny baby. But we have to remember; this isn’t the U.S. This is the norm for them because the threat of cars is nowhere even close to that of a city here in America. So, it appears it is actually safer and more convenient for him and his children to travel that way.
It’s an interesting little doc, and definitely worth the short watch.
From Streetfilms Vimeo page:
When you first visit Copenhagen, the first thing you’ll notice after being mesmerized by the sheer number of cyclists on the roads is the eclectic kinds of bikes, especially ones that carry groceries, baggage, furniture or other people & children. As Copenhagenize’s Mikael Colville-Andersen happily points out: for many in his city, the cargo bike is equivalent to the SUV.
Thus, for this final chapter in Streetfilms’ 2010 Copenhagen Triology (check here: for previous vids on bicycling & pedestrian space) we present this quirky look at some of the types of wonderful bikes that are used by the public. We randomly spoke to folks gallavanting about town on their vehicles, attended the 2010 Danish Cargo Bike Championships, and got to speak with Hans Fogh, owner of Larry vs.Harry, a cargo bike-making specialty shop. The result here is really just a melody of vignettes, which only ever so slightly touches on the vast cargo bike phenomenon.