Steph Loves Bikes: I Can Bike to Work in an Industrial Zone (Copenhagen)

Our co-director, Steph Nappa, is writing this series to share her experiences and lessons learned from her study abroad in Europe. You can also follow along on Instagram with #stephlovesbikes.

The informational pamphlet for the new waste incinerator.

The informational pamphlet for the new waste incinerator.

As sustainability nerds, we couldn’t visit Copenhagen without stopping by the new waste incinerator facility that was just built. Not only does it use all the waste heat from energy generation to heat the water used in 90% of Copenhagen homes, but it will also be a ski hill, a rock climbing wall, and a park! How crazy is that?

While I loved learning about how Copenhagen handles their waste (seriously) I was blown away by the fact that we were in the middle of an industrial area and we were able to get there on nicely maintained bike lanes! Bike lanes never go to industrial areas in the US. Hopefully both workers and visitors to the waste incinerator/ski hill will take advantage of that infrastructure when they head out there. I wonder if any reductions in the amount of provided parking were made because of the bike lanes.