From Sublime to Ridiculous

jarryCopenhagen is widely regarded as the world’s most cycle-friendly city. I ask Copenhagen’s Mayor Klaus Bondam what advice he gives to other city leaders in how to emulate the Danish capital. Multitalented musician, songwriter and cartoonist Peter Blegvad reads Alfred Jarry’s proto-absurdist short story “The Crucifixion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race”. Jarry (pictured, above) was fond of cycling around Paris with a giant bell mounted on his bicycle and firing a pistol into the air to clear the road. While this is highly tempting, it may turn out to be counterproductive on today’s city streets. Why not try, instead, a website where you can record bike lane violations: Plus reflections on a big day in Le Tour De France.

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6 Responses to From Sublime to Ridiculous

  1. Jamesu December 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm #


  2. Karen Hollis January 22, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Ha, very good idea. This is a cool site.

  3. Fred Collinsworth January 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Only a few countries in the world have bicycle-friendly cities, and it’s a blessing that Copenhagen was made just like that. It promotes healthy living not only physically, but also emotionally, socially and mentally. And it’s great that it’s driven towards sustainability and eco-friendliness too!

    • Simonette Enriquez March 9, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      I wish we could revert back to those days when we just hop on bicycles if we need to go somewhere. The world is already having us pay the price for the fuel-driven vehicles we have become so attached to these days.

      Simonette Enriquez of

  4. Louie May 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    I would love to if I’d be given a chance and for once I’ve never felt so crazy about it! If only flying off there would be easy peasy. I have to wait for a great deal though.


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