|Rain, shine, or ice... Copenhagen is a biking city.|
Yep. This is happening. At this point, I think the only time I actually ride a bike is when I'm in Denmark, or someplace similar. So clearly, you need my review of this.... because I am a super expert.
I’ve been to Denmark 4 times now, and each time I have to rent a bike. To be in Copenhagen without a bike is like being in Los Angeles without a car, or in Boston without feet. It’s not done, or it shouldn’t be done. You won’t see the city as it should be, or as much as should be seen. You also won’t understand the struggle of finding bike parking, or getting caught in bike land rush hour. Or just… learning how to make a left turn.
|No bikes, just Orstedsparken in the sunshine.|
Since our first time there a few new options for people visiting Copenhagen and needing transportation and flexibility.
Byckylen is Copenhagen’s take on the citybike model that’s popping up all over. There are stations all over the city, and they’re easy to find.
|Bycyklen bikes at a docking station.|
-They’re heavy, due to the motor and whatnot, so I can imagine trying to take one on and off trains and such could be a pain.
But, like I said, in Copenhagen you need a bike so I had to go to plan b, which brings me to...
Now, I remember seeing these pop up on Google Maps last year when I was in Denmark with family and not really getting that this was a bike share, rather than a chain of rental shops. What it is is a service more akin to the LimeBikes now scattered around the US. The major difference is that, as Scandinavia tends to be, it's more organized. The bikes can only be picked up and returned to designated spots, which have bike racks, so they don't clutter up the city.
|Bright orange and simple Donkey Republic bike|
-You rent by the day, not the hour or minute, so there's not that rush to return the bike to a docking station.
-Simple app and simple operation.
-Reasonably priced daily rate.
-They actually could be hard to find. You do need to reserve one before you set out to the pick up location, or someone else may get to it first. Once you reserve it, that bike has a number on it and will only unlock with your code on the app once you get into Bluetooth range.
-No fun motorized zipping around the city like with Bycyklen. The bikes didn't really seem to have gears much either, so you actually have to pedal.
|The bikes are numbered, so you know which one you reserved.|