One of our clients, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, invited us to attend a talk by Mikael Colville-Andersen. Mikael is based in Copenhagen and is a mobility expert. He tours the world to conduct keynote speeches to promote and build awareness on ways to create a cycling culture in cities. Copenhagen has been a true example of how a buzzing city can accommodate both cars and cyclists. While Mikael’s speech started by diabolizing the automobile, he quickly raised the issue of city layout being the underlying issue in not accommodating the cyclist.
Mikael works with anthropologists to analyse behavioural patterns which he calls ‘desire lines’. They work to change the city’s infrastructure to meet these desire lines and build a more cycling friendly environment. He believes every city can achieve a successful cycling culture. But it bears the question; can a city like London with 33 boroughs, all working with their own mobility departments, be able to unite in creating this culture? Let’s hope Boris achieves this as well as he did implementing the Boris bikes. HP