Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

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Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby rolandp » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:02 am

One reason is biking is the norm.
In Denmark's most populated and largest city, Copenhagen, bikes account for 50 percent of its residents' trips to school or work. Half. Half of commuting happens on a bike in Copenhagen and that doesn't just improve fitness levels and reduce carbon emissions, it also contributes to the wealth of the city, reported Forbes:

Researchers found that for every kilometer traveled by bike instead of by car, taxpayers saved 7.8 cents (DKK 0.45) in avoided air pollution, accidents, congestion, noise and wear and tear on infrastructure. Cyclists in Copenhagen cover an estimated 1.2 million kilometers each day –- saving the city a little over $34 million each year.

What's more, just 30 minutes of daily biking adds an average of one to two years to the life expectancy of Copenhagen's cyclists.

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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby g-boaf » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:10 am

I'm hardly surprised.

But we are Australians, and we love sitting in our cars, jammed in traffic, swearing and cursing at how slow it is and how those fit looking lycra louts keep slowing us down. :lol:
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby MattyK » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:01 am

When Australia is shrunk to the size of Tasmania, bulldozed flat, and everyone accepts living in cramped cities with archaic street systems and no parking space, then cycling will make sense to more people. Until then, please stop bashing drivers as the cause of all your problems.
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby zero » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:40 pm

MattyK wrote:When Australia is shrunk to the size of Tasmania, bulldozed flat, and everyone accepts living in cramped cities with archaic street systems and no parking space, then cycling will make sense to more people. Until then, please stop bashing drivers as the cause of all your problems.


The center of most australian cities is trending towards a higher population density than the centers of most european cities. Sydney particularly has a problem where great chunks of the geography aren't particularly livable, and therefore the per km density average doesn't actually reflect the living density very accurately.

I am personally receiving on my route to work a nice new 5 - 8 storey mirvac apartment complex, where some 1200 residents will undoubtedly for the first 6 months all try and drive to work via the 1 street, which is only 2 lanes in parts, and has extant commuting traffic. There is a traffic light on the route that necessarily can only flow ~200 vehicles per hour towards the city, so my ride will probably dip from 40km/hr all the way as it is now to 15km/hr left passing stationary motorists, which is undoubtedly will become a showcase in how badly the motorist traffic messes up the other traffic.
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby biker jk » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:16 pm

MattyK wrote:When Australia is shrunk to the size of Tasmania, bulldozed flat, and everyone accepts living in cramped cities with archaic street systems and no parking space, then cycling will make sense to more people. Until then, please stop bashing drivers as the cause of all your problems.


When motorists start paying for the significant negative externalities they impose on society then trips by private motor vehicle will decline and cycling will make more sense to people.
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:03 pm

MattyK wrote:Until then, please stop bashing drivers as the cause of all your problems.

Damn right. Drivers should be bashing drivers as the cause of all their own problems...
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby citywomble » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:15 pm

biker Jk

significant negative externalities


Are you Kevin Rudd?
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Re: Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country

Postby il padrone » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:50 pm

citywomble wrote:biker Jk

significant negative externalities


Are you Kevin Rudd?


That is Yr 11 Economics jargon. You have trouble coping with this?
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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