Free bikes, Copenhagen
When you are in Copenhagen DO NOT buy a ticket for metro, bus or what so ever. Discover the city by bike. In the neighbourhood of every touristic attraction you can find bikes of Copenhagen´s Free Bike Plan. Put a coin in, use the bike, and get your coin back when you return the bike. Easy, cheap and a lot of fun!
Make sure you have a 20KR coin with you and when you find a bike rack with dangling chains plugged into a funny loooking bike (normally blue or red with adverts on the wheels), put in your 20KR coin, release the chain, and it's yours to bike wherever you want. You get the 20KR back when you retun the bike to any CityBike rail. It's a great way to see what is probably the most bike friendly city in Earth. Bike lanes are everywhere and everyone seems to be riding one.
The only problem you'll face is that you won't have a chain for it and so you can't easily go inside anywhere while you have your bike. I (wrongly) thought I might be safe leaving it among the seemingly hundreds of bikes left without chains but when I left the cafe I found I was in for a long walk back ;-)
For the most part, I walked Copenhagen and I found getting around pretty easy. When my feet were sore however there was a brilliant alternative.
The Danes have come up with a "borrow a bicycle" deal for Copenhagen and you will notice many people using these bright and bold bikes.
All you do is insert a 20 Kroner coin (see dangers tips) to unlock the bike from the post and then ride away. You are supposed to stay within the city centre area outlined on a little map on the handle bars. Once you arrive at your destination, you lock it up at the station and get your coin back. You likely won't get the same bike back when you are ready to go but usually I found there was another one there or close by.
I figured out that you can adjust the seat a bit but check the tires before you ride away. These bikes are basic, single gear bikes, so you won't be cycling the Tour, but I went from the Mermaid to Christiania with a little effort.
I learned that these bikes are actually built and repaired by inmates of the Danish correctional facilities. How great is that?!
Note that the use of the free city bikes is limited to central Copenhagen and only between 1 May and 15 December. You can use the City Bike anywhere in Copenhagen that lies within the limits shown on the map. For more read www.bycyklen.dk
All you have to do is to find one of the 125 City Bike Parking places dotted about in the centre of the city, deposit a DKK 20 coin (about $3) and ride off - on your bike, Copenhagen style. When the cycle is returned to any rack you get your DKK 20 back.
The city has provided bicycles for tourists to get around. They are very bright as shown an include a map of the city on the handlebars. You deposit a coin to use the bike and when you are finished the coin is returned to you. What a deal!!!!
We were only visiting for a day and chose to walk instead. Copenhagen is very walkable but I'm sure with a bike we'd cover a lot more ground.
Riding the bike is in Copenhagen - as in all over Denmark - a very common thing. Starting a couple of years back now every summer tourists (and other people without bikes) can rent bikes all over the city.
They are standing outside, and you have to put in 20 DKR to take the bike - and will then be able to go seeing the city as a bikerider!
In Copenhagen people bike evreywhere! If you're planning on staying long term then it's the best and cheapest mode of transportation. If you're just going for a visit the city provides 'City Bikes'. These are free bikes that you can peddle around the downtown core on. You can unlock them from many stations for 20Kr and then drop them off at any station of your choice and get your money back. The system works exactly like grocery carts back home. All the bikes come with a little map on te front with directions to the big attraction. Be careful not to leave the downtown core, as this is illeagl and you will be stopped! I've heard of people being fined!
The best way to move around Copenhagen is using a bike (as everyone does here). You can rent a city bike inserting DKK 20 coin in one of many racks scattered about in central Copanhagen. The coin is returned when you return the bike to any rack - it basically works as teh supermarket trolley. The city bike may only be used in the inner-city area, if you go outside and are stopped by the police it can cost you DKK 1000.
In Copenhagen, there are coin rental bikes. When you find a bike, just put a coin in (to free the bike), ride around until you don't need the bike anymore, chain the bike somewhere and take your coin out. Very convenient. Be aware, however, that most of the streets are cobblestone, so the ride is not smooth!
If you're just looking to get around the city center, see if you can get a hold of a City Bike. They are free but do require a coin deposit which you get back, once you return the bike to any rack. They are popular - so good luck finding one!
Bicycles are the most popular mode of transport. Even government ministers pedal to work!
Visitors can rent bikes at many locations - or you can 'rent' one for free. Citybikes are available at stands around Copenhagen for only a DKK 20 deposit.
Cycling is safe and regulated in Copenhagen. Most major streets have special cycle lanes with traffic lights and markings, and some routes are for bikes only.
On foot: cities are best explored by walking around.
Another means of transportation that can be used in Copenhagen are the free city bikes. They are free - if you can get one. More info at http://www.bycyklen.dk/frameset_uk.html
A great way for getting around the city with 2400 bikes available to use free of charge from the special stands located around town. However this bikes are only for use in the city centre.