|Mikael Colville Andersen during the ISPO Bike 2013 Conference in Munich
Bicycle culture, urbanism, liveable cities: these are the themes addressed by urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO for Copenhagenize Consulting. This Danish-Canadian filmmaker, photographer and blogger started a worldwide trend of chic and urban cycling with his blogs Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize.
His mission: to Copenhagenize the world. ‘40 years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else but now 36% of the population arriving at work or education do so on bicycles, from all over the Metro area. 50% of Copenhageners themselves use bicycles each day. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere.’
He was one of the speakers at TEDxZürich 2012; in fact, Colville-Andersens keynote speeches are in great demand all over the world.
Colville-Andersen is specialised in bicycle planning, infrastructure and communication strategies that focus on selling bicycle culture and transport to a wider audience. In his own words: ‘85 years of traffic engineering revolving around the car has failed miserably. It’s time for modern thinking. Design can help. Historically, streets were human spaces. Let’s design our cities like we design toasters or smartphones, following the desire lines of our citizens.’ It is this important theme that Mikael Colville-Andersen will address at the International Cargo Bike Festival as well, in his talk entitled Bicycle Urbanism by Design - Modernising our cities for bicycle traffic.