British Pathé videos show Copenhagen Cycle Chic, 1932 edition

cycling
Video screen capture youtube: with Eve in Copenhagen

It has been said that Copenhagen started seriously promoting cycling as a response to the oil crisis in the 1970s, but it has a history of cycling that goes a lot further back than that. James Longhurst, a bicycle historian, has been looking through the recently released British Pathé collection and found some cycling gems, including two films of Copenhagen that are amazing.

This one, The Wheeled City - With Eve In Copenhagen dates from 1932, although I thought sound had taken over by then. It gets very arty at the end.

"A few days of Copenhagen reduces the pedestrian to a kind of "whirly-wheel" state - " Strange avant garde style sequence with turning wheels, moving lights and double exposures of women pedalling. "Wheels - wheels - wheels!" reads an intertitle - sped up footage of cyclists follows.

Cycle Town from 1923 is actually better quality. It is wonderful to see streets full of bikes and streetcars, and almost no cars.

Related Content on Treehugger.com