Ideas for developing infrastructure at Elstedhøj, Denmark with inspiration from Zürich

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Zürich is becoming a more bicycle friendly city

At nextzuerich.ch  I noticed that a large number of ideas have been communicated about making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city. So as I saw this invitation to the event Nextsalon Velocity, I decided to participate to help contribute to making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city.

At the event, I found it very interesting to share ideas with other participants about what we can do to improve conditions for everyone moving from a to b in Zürich. I found it fascinating that the event was complemented by work on the internet, for example on nexzuerich.ning.com, facebook, nextzuerich.ch, and on ronorp.net.

In this blog posting, I read that to be an innovator, you have to be a relentlessly curious anthropologist and a keen-eyed ethnographer, so with a mobile electronic device, I walked / cycled / drove around the city to take photos of the areas in Zürich where I have experienced there is a strong potential for making conditions better – not least for people who use 2 wheel / 3 wheel vehicles with or without engine / battery.

Below are some more experiences / ideas / inspiration on making cities more bicycle friendly:

How to make an attractive city

Watching the video embedded below, I learned that there are 6 fundamental things a city needs to get right.

# 1: Order and variety
An example: Every house in a neighbourhood has the same width and height. In addition, every house has been allowed freedom regarding form and colour.

# 2: Visible life
People like when they can see things going on where they work / live.

# 3: Compact
An example: A square should not be too small – and should be no larger than 30 metres in diameter.

# 4: Orientation and mystery
We need a good balance between a) big streets / boulevards that offer orientation and b) small streets / lanes that offer mystery. People love cities that have lots of backstreets and small lanes where you can feel cosy.

# 5: Scale
A suggestion is made that buildings should be maximum 5 stories tall. Above that, people start to feel small and insignificant. When, occasionally, there’s a big building, make it a building that’s really special and loved by everyone.

# 6: Make it local
An example could be the use of local materials for building infrastructure. It could also be something else that makes something uniquely local. When you think of beautiful local place, what comes into your mind?