Bike-along to Copenhagenize U of U

This photo represents the Cycle-chic movement.

This photo represents the Cycle-chic movement.

By Emerson Andrews, Sustainability Office

Internationally renowned expert in urban-mobility, Mikael Colville-Andersen, comes to campus on April 6. There are times when multiple groups from all over campus come together to create a must attend event. This semester, the Sustainability Office’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund and Point B have worked together to arrange Colville-Andersen visit and bike-along free of charge. During Colville-Andersen’s visit, he will be leading a U community bike ride around campus so that we can understand how to copenhagenize—or to make it more bike friendly—our University.

Copenhagenize Founder Mikael Colville-Andersen

Copenhagenize Founder Mikael Colville-Andersen

Colville-Andersen, founder of the Copenhagenize Design Company, travels the world in the hopes of promoting smart growth and connected city infrastructure. The idea is to help people and cities understand the bicycle’s role in urban transportation. As it stands, most cities operate within a transportation design that relies heavily on cars instead of using multiple transit options for commuting, including cycling. This type of city planning can be like having a screen, mouse, and keyboard without any computer.

Colville-Andersen advocates for redesign of cities. He believes, “Bicycles belong at street level. Bicycle users are just pedestrians on wheels, not to be confused with motorized traffic. Creating safe, separated infrastructure on our streets is the way forward. Back to the future. Bicycles are the most effective and powerful tool we have for re-building our livable cities.”

Since 2006, Colville-Andersen has been reshaping how the world uses bicycles. Through a simple photograph that Colville-Andersen shared, he defined the cycle-chic movement that created a culture aimed at influencing how people move through cities. From cycle-chic Colville-Andersen went on to start the Slow Bicycle Movement in 2008. He coined terms like Bicycle Urbanism, Viking Biking, and Citizen Cyclist along the way. Today he is an urban planner, author, and expert on active transportation. His visit to campus will be an event you don’t want to miss.

During the bike-along on April 6, Colville-Andersen will make stops around campus to discuss how the University can take steps to improve our transportation options. For those who join him, they will have the opportunity to see campus through his eyes. We have the unique occasion to ask, how can we make campus more bikable?

Join us and Make sure to tell your friends!!!

Event Details:

     Location: Legacy Bridge Trax stop
     Date/ Time: April 6, 9:30 am
     Cost: Free of Charge

Colville-AndersonEmerson Andrews is the SCIF coordinator at the Sustainability Office.

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