What better way to tour Copenhagen than on a locally designed Biomega

On Tuesday, I finally had the chance to take to Copenhagen’s streets by bike. And not just any bike, but the municipality’s own (shaft-driven) Biomega bicycle. It is a thing of beauty.

Here is some propaganda from the Copenhagen-based firm’s website:

The Copenhagen is the first internationally available shaft-driven bicycle, and our unyielding passion for improvement continues to build upon its early success. With an elegantly finished frame, internally routed cables, and speed-oriented geometry, the Copenhagen combines a polished look with a lighthearted quickness and a comfortable ride. There may be no mode of transportation that’s so indulgent yet utilitarian, sensible yet stylish. What more could you ask for in a city bike?


About Denver Igarta

This blog was established to document my search for streets that my 5-year old can play near without my constant supervision. Where kids can live active lives and learn independence. My quest began when I was selected as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, for info: gmfus.org/cdp/fellowships. I am a multi-modal transportation planner for the City of Portland (OR), America's sustainable transportation capital. SHORT BIO/PROJECT DESCRIPTION Denver Igarta (October-November 2011), Urban Planner, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation Project: Livable Streets Where People Live: Fostering People-Friendly Streets by De-emphasizing Automobile Traffic in Residential Areas Cities: Munich, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Malmö Denver Igarta is an urban planner with the Transportation Bureau of the City of Portland. He works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle and freight planning efforts. He recently served as one of the principal authors of Portland's new bicycle plan. He is currently staffing two “active transportation” projects: a rails-with-trails project along the Banfield Freeway and a local street system plan for one of the state's most diverse neighborhoods. He performed his graduate studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of the Philippines and holds a Master of Science in Regional Development Planning. Portland is struggling to reverse generations of auto-oriented development patterns and make neighborhood streets more “livable” (people-friendly) by restoring their multimodal and placemaking functions. Mr. Igarta's research will evaluate how cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden have enacted policies to restore the multiple functions of public streets through traffic management, green infrastructure and giving priority to sustainable travel modes. He will meet with local practitioners, policymakers and civic leaders involved in transportation planning, traffic safety and neighborhood livability projects, street design, and implementation of multi-modal traffic policies. The ultimate aim of the study is to compile a set of best practices and policies implemented in European cities that have broadened the role of residential streets beyond automobile mobility. Additional focus will be given to understanding how acceptable policy tradeoffs are determined within city agencies and the level of public support for measures that restrict car movements, such as reduced speed zones, bicycle streets, shared spaces, residents-only streets and residential parking restrictions.
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4 Responses to What better way to tour Copenhagen than on a locally designed Biomega

  1. Seth says:

    That bike is awesome! Shaft-driven, internally routed cables and speed-oriented geometry…what? Would love to ride one sometime.

  2. scott says:

    Awesome pictures and articles. Sounds like a good place for a family bike vacation.

  3. Barbara says:

    The movie is not just about Biomega, but a great summary if biking in Copenhagen! And yes, Copenhagen bicyclists are that stylish!

  4. Barbara says:

    The movie is not just about Biomega, but a great summary of biiking in Copenhagen! And yes, Copenhagen bicyclists are that stylish!

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