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Cycling Guidelines in Copenhagen

How to ride a bike like a local

Conquer Copenhagen by Bike: Your Guide to Cycling Like a Local

So, you're ready to experience Copenhagen like a true local – on two wheels? Fantastic choice! Copenhagen is a city designed for cycling, with dedicated bike lanes and a deep-rooted cycling culture. But before you hop on and pedal off into the sunset, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with Copenhagen's cycling etiquette.

Trust us, blending in with the locals will make your ride even more enjoyable!


Locating Your Ride and Gearing Up

First things first, let's talk bikes! We offer modern shared electric bike rentals, that give you an extra push when you need it. Simply navigate to your nearest electric bike using our KINTO Share Bike app.

In the app, you can see where the nearest bike is parked, and you can easily unlock it using the QR code located on the handlebars.  No matter your planned adventures, and we'll help you to the perfect set of wheels.

While helmets aren't mandatory for adults in Copenhagen, we always recommend wearing one for safety, especially if you're new to navigating city streets. And remember, even though Copenhagen is generally safe, always lock your bike when parking it.


Mastering the Art of the Bike Lane

Copenhagen's bike lanes are like highways for cyclists – efficient, well-marked, and generally respected by everyone. Here's how to navigate them like a pro:

  • Stick to the Right: Stay within the designated bike lanes, marked with white lines and bike symbols. Keep to the right side of the lane, allowing faster cyclists to pass on your left. Think of it like driving – slower traffic keeps right.
  • Traffic Signals Matter: Just like driving a car, cyclists must obey all traffic signals. That means stopping at red lights, even if you're tempted to zip through. Remember, Copenhageners take their cycling rules seriously!
  • Signal Your Intentions: Use clear hand signals to indicate turns and stops, communicating your movements to other cyclists and vehicles. Extend your left arm straight out for a left turn, and your right arm for a right turn. To signal stopping, lift your left arm upwards.


Sharing the Road with Grace and Consideration

Copenhagen's streets are a shared space, so a little courtesy goes a long way in ensuring a harmonious flow for everyone.

  • Stay Alert: Be mindful of your surroundings, especially at intersections. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, other cyclists, and vehicles. Make eye contact with drivers at intersections to ensure they've seen you.
  • Ride Predictably: Maintain a straight line while cycling, avoiding sudden swerves, or weaving between lanes. Predictable movements keep everyone safe.
  • The Polite Bell Ring: A friendly ring of your bell is the perfect way to alert others of your presence, especially when passing pedestrians or slower cyclists.

Parking Your Steed: The Do's and Don'ts

Once you've reached your destination, parking your bike properly is essential. Here's the lowdown:

  • Designated Areas Are Key: Look for the many designated bike racks found throughout the city. These are designed to keep bikes organized and prevent clutter on sidewalks.
  • Sidewalk Etiquette: Speaking of which – never block sidewalks or building entrances with your bike. Be mindful of pedestrians and ensure clear access for everyone.
  • End Your Trip: And finally, don’t forget to lock your bike securely! Use the KINTO Share app to end your trip.
  • Ready to Roll?

    Copenhagen awaits, and with these guidelines in your back pocket, you're ready to experience the city like a true local.

    Book your bike rental with us today, and let's get you rolling. There is always a KINTO Share Bike within reach! 

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