The Lonely Bikes of Aarhus
European countries are well-known for using bicycles as a means of urban transport. In Denmark, people have been using bicycles as a way of getting around for more than 100 years, but, in the past years, many Danish urban and traffic planners have started touting bicycles to an unprecedented extent.
In Aarhus, Denmark’s second biggest city, almost one in four people use a bicycle to get to work. ‘Mejlgade,’ Denmark’s first bicycle street was created in Aarhus in 2011, and the “Cycling Action Plan” has invested $40 million in further developments. A wide range of different projects has distinguished Aarhus as one of the most cycling-friendly municipalities in Denmark.
Cycling-friendly! What does that mean exactly? Abandoned bicycles are easy to find in the streets and alleys. There are so many bicycles that no one pays attention to them. They lie on the cold cobblestones while people pass by. They are totally forgotten. They are abandoned. This is the story of Aarhus’s lonely bikes.
Photos and text by Changiz M. Varzi