Things can get pricy pretty quickly in Copenhagen, but you can still grab some wheels for free. The city’s free bike program, called “Bycyklen Kobenhavn,” was a pioneer in the urban bike program phenomenon. The city provides 1,300 free bicycles to anyone to zip around the city center.
The program is popular with visitors and residents alike, doubles as a rehabilitation program for locals, and is environmentally progressive. (The city even gave a city bike to Bill Clinton, when he visited in 1997.) In short, the program is just another example of why the Danes are so cool.
It’s a straight-forward system:
1) Find your way to one of the city’s 125 bike parking areas. They’re all located in the city center.
2) Leave a small deposit (a DKK 20 coin, worth about $3) and ride off with your bike.
3) Stay in the city center. The bikes are easy to identify, and you might get some looks if you’re outside the central zone. According to the official website, “If you ride on a city bike outside the zone, you might get fined by the police.” Also, remember not to ride on any of the city’s pedestrian-only streets (you can walk the bike, however).
4) When you’re finished, return the bike to one of the 125 bike parking areas, whereupon you’ll get back your deposit.
For more information on the program, visit the city’s official website for the free bike program.