Think for a second about your bike. It's a beautiful thing, isn't it? One of your proudest possessions? You probably have it decorated with stickers that you think are cool and ride it everywhere, don't you? It gives you freedom and a sense of being grown up. When you jump on it to go for a long ride with friends on a spring afternoon, you can't help but smile.
If so, then you'd love the country of Denmark! You see, Denmark is a flat nation with few hills and mountains. As a result, bike riding is really easy...and really fun. People love to get out on their bikes as much as they can to enjoy time with friends just like you.
But bikes mean even more to the Danish. In fact, bikes are often the main form of transportation for Danes. People ride their bikes to work and to the grocery store. They take bikes on trains and have double decker bike racks. Students rarely take school busses to school----instead, they hop on their bikes and ride!
Don't believe me? Then check out this video that I shot outside of the main train station in Copenhagen---Denmark's capital city:
Then spend a few minutes talking with a classmate about whether you think that travelling by bike is something that is even possible here in America. Could your parents trade in a car and begin riding a bike to work or to the grocery store? Why or why not.
Be sure to leave a comment to share your thinking....We want to hear what you have to say too!
Bam Bam Bigelow
Image retrieved from http://emresaglam.com/blog/images/zerobike.jpg on June 30, 2007