Mikael Colville-Andersen

Copenhagen! It’s the Valhalla of bicycle advocates. Some 36 percent of commuters there ride bikes ride bikes to work! (It’s less than two percent here.) But how many of us have actually visited the city, taken notes, and tried to apply its lessons to our own tangled bike paths and sharrows? Here’s your chance to ask Mikael Colville-Andersen, an activist and consultant whose Web site, copenhagenize.com, relates the success stories, and failures, as other cities seek to emulate the Danish example. True, Copenhagen is relatively small, flat, and dense (with a metro population of about 1.5 million). But it took a concerted effort 40 years ago to steer people away from cars. (Also: high gas taxes.) And four decades ago, we were still flinging beer cans and cigarette butts out our car windows. Social norms do change. Naturally the Cascade Bicycle Club is a sponsor for the talk—so maybe Mike McGinn will show up? BRIAN MILLER

Wed., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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