How to Use Copenhagen’s Free Bike System

Getting around Denmark is fun, convenient and affordable. That is if you know how to ride a bike.

As many of you are aware, Denmark has a biking lifestyle that other countries follow. The ByCyclen free bike program encourages people to use the bicycle in going to their destinations as a way to cut carbon emissions in the country. There are also dedicated paths meant only for the bike on the main city streets as well as in the outskirts.

Using the bike system is free. However, one needs to obtain a 20 kroner Danish coin first as this is required to release the bike from its lock. Don’t worry, though, because you can still get the coin back when you return the bicycle after use.

When you need to park the bike, there are 110 racks spread all around the city. All locks are interchangeable so you can park yours at any available rack situated in the downtown area.

Make sure to go to the bike racks early at least before 8 a.m. or there won’t be any left for you to use. Even if Copenhagen has 2,000 of these free bikes, they are taken like hotcakes especially when the weather is fair and the sun is out. You have to be conscious of this particularly if you’re planning to take a tour of the city for the entire day.

Once you have obtained a bike, be a responsible user. Keep in mind to park them only the designated racks where there are locks to prevent other people from stealing it and getting your deposit. Observe the right speed and most importantly, obey traffic rules. Bike traffic is heavily regulated so it is best that you follow the laws. Use only the dedicated bike lanes and observe the proper bike signals.And don’t take the bike out of the Copenhagen city bike zone or you might get fined by the police.

After you’re done using the bike, return it to the appropriate station and put the lock back. This will ensure that other people can still use the bike the following day.

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