Headline November 16 2019/ '' ' COPENHAGEN PEDAL POWER *COROLLARY ' ''



HOWEVER BAD THE WEATHER - BEAUTIFUL COPENHAGEN runs and runs, just, on pedal power. The World Students Society stops to pay respects to the great people of Denmark.

A former neighbor operates a bicycle mortuary service, pedaling the departed to their final destinations in caskets. Mail carriers use bicycles to deliver parcels.

People use bicycles to get to the airport, sometimes pushing wheeled suitcases alongside them while they roll. Some 49 percent of all journeys to school and work now are taken by bicycle, according to the city, up from 36 percent a decade ago.

When the municipal government recently surveyed Copenhagen's bikers on what inspires them to bike, 55 percent said it was more convenient than the alternatives. Only 16 percent cited environmental benefits.

''It's not in the morning, when you're late for work, that you want to save the planet,'' said Marie Kastrup, who head's the city's bicycle program.

BY THE STANDARDS OPERATIVE on most planet Earth, this is not an especially wonderful day for a bicycle ride.

The temp reads 42 degrees Fahrenheit [around 6 degrees Celsius], and a vengeful breeze forces  damp chill to the bone. Sullen gray clouds occupy the sky, dispensing an apathetic drizzle.

Natalie Gulsrud scoffs at these details. It is nearing nearing 4 p.m., darkness already bringing finality to this bleak November afternoon. She has to go the child care center to pick her 5-year-old son - 5 and a half, he quickly corrects later. She has to stop for groceries and then head home for dinner.

Like tens of thousands of other people in Denmark's elegant yet frequently dank capital, she pedals her way through her daily rounds, relying on the world's most advanced and widely used network for bicycle lanes. She does not own a car. She does not want a car.

She settles her bag into the front compartment of her cargo bike - a three wheeled contraption built for hauling children and groceries that is something like the S.U.V. of local family transportation. She climbs aboard the saddle, gathers her overcoat around her, and leans into the uncompromising wind.

''People here say there's no such thing as bad weather,'' said Ms. Gulsrud, 39. ''Only bad clothing.''

On the other side of the Atlantic, New York has just proclaimed intentions to spend $1.7 billion to greatly expand the city's now-convoluted and treacherous patchwork of bicycle lanes.

Local leaders speak of dismantling car culture and replacing it with a wholesome dependence on human-powered vehicles. The mission is draped in high-minded goals - addressing climate change, unclogging traffic and promoting exercise.

Copenhagen's legendary bicycle setup has been propelled by all of these aspirations, but the critical element is the simplest : People here eagerly use their bicycles - in any weather, carrying the young, the inform, the elderly and the dead - because it is typically the easiest way to get around.

''It's A to B-ism,'' said Mikael Colville Andersen, a raffish bicycle evangelist who preaches the gospel of Copenhagen to other cities, ''It's the fastest way from point to point.''

The bicycle is liberation from municipal buses and their frequent stops, the bicycle spares people from having to worry about where to park cars. The bicycle puts people in control of when they leave and they arrive.

''Some people ride their bikes to the hospital to give birth,'' said Ms. Gulsrud, who is herself pregnant with her second child. ''I'm not going to do that

On weekday morning, some 42,000 people traverse the Queen Louise's bridge in central    Copenhagen, bring residents from fashionable neighborhoods in the north into city medieval center.

On a recent Monday, a woman in high heels and a trench coat pedaled a cargo bike decked out like a  city taxi, her three toddlers in the front compartment.

A plumber traversed the traffic in a cargo bike, his tools stashed in the compartment. Bicycles vastly outnumbered cars.

The Honor and Serving of latest Operational Research on great cities of the world, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Peter S Goodman.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of Denmark, and then the world.

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