Visions for a city on the move

The Good City is Bicycle Innovation Lab's international travelling exhibition. It focuses on the challenges Copenhagen faces as a cycling city and explores the possibilities inherent in cycling as a platform for change towards better cities with less congestion and better living spaces. The travelling exhibition is aimed at an international audience and can be rented by anyone in any locality. Rent it to create an interactive space for debating the role of the bicycle in the good cities of the future.
Like all other cities around the world, Copenhagen today faces a broad range of transport related challenges including air pollution, congestion, noise and a future with a marked increase in population density. The city's current transport solutions are under increasing pressure. Despite ambitions to make Copenhagen the world's best bicycling city, studies show that attempts to increase the number of cyclists in the city have failed. More attention towards the cause, more money, an extensive bicycle path system, green cycling routes, the broadening of bicycle paths on some stretches, branding, campaigns as well as a communaly formulated target that 50% of all trips to and from work and studies must be carried out on a bicycle - none of these initiatives have had the intended effect of making more people to pick up their bikes. Over the past five years, the percentage of trips to and from work carried out on the bike has instead been stagnated at around 36%. Clearly, we need new ideas and solutions if bicycle culture and the city are to develop positively in the future. With the international travelling exhibition The Good City, Bicycle Innovation Lab wants to put the development of such new ideas and innovative solutions on the global agenda.

Copenhagen: An international pioneer
In spite of its many challenges, Copenhagen's bicycle culture has still managed to build up a strong international brand over the years - a brand with strong export possibilities. As a bicycle city, Copenhagen is an inspiration to cities around the world. Bicycle Innovation Lab believes that as long as the world still wants to learn from Copenhagen, visions for a better Copenhagen have strong potential to inspire similar visions in the rest of the world. With The Good City, Bicycle Innovation Lab thus uses Copenhagen's strong brand as an international pioneer of bicycle culture to raise awareness of our cause. The travelling exhibition presents a number of invited contributors' visions for the city's future - a Copenhagen in which sustainability and cycling culture go hand in hand.
Purpose: To encourage debate on the future of the bicycle in the city
Bicycle Innovation Lab's intention with The Good City is to deliver the inspiration and framework for a solution oriented debate on the bicycle's future role in the city. The aim of the travelling exhibition is to increase the knowledge of and raise the level of the debate on cycling and cycling culture. The Good City showcases the plethora of possibilities inherent in cycling as a platform for change towards better cities with less congestion and better living spaces.
List of contributors
SLA (DK): Architects / urban designers
COBE (DK): Architects / urban designers
Tredje Natur - Third Nature (DK): Architects / urban designers
Copenhagenizing Consulting (DK): Urban consultants and bloggers
Byens Øjne - Office for Urban Quality (DK): Urban consultant and blogger
Jørgen Leth (DK): Bicycle enthusiast, author, poet and film director
Mobycon (NL): Transport and mobility researchers / consultants
Atkins (DK): Consulting engineers
LOGIK & CO. (DK): Construction company
Cyclistforbundet (DK): Danish cyclists' federation / advocacy group
Fietsersbond (NL): Dutch cyclists' federation / advocacy group
Miljøpunkt Amager (DK): Environmental NGO
Miljøpunkt Indre By (DK): Environmental NGO
Cykelsekretariatet (DK): Secretariat for Cycling, Copenhagen's governmental Traffic Department
Dr. Peter Cox (UK): Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Chester
PhD student Anne Katrine Braagaard Harders and Associate Professor Morten Elle (DK): Institute for Urban Planning, Aalborg University
PhD student Aslak Aamut Kjærulf, et al (DK): Roskilde University
3d at Skolen på la Cours Vej (DK): Third grade children from primary school in Frederiksberg (Copenhagen)

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Broad target audience

The Good City is aimed at citizens, policy makers, local authorities, businesses, educational institutions, students in higher educational institutions, environmental organisations, traffic organisations and tourists. Although there is plenty of material to inspire professionals in the field, the travelling exhibition assumes no special knowledge about bicycle culture in the viewer. With Copenhagen as a continuous point of reference, The Good City provides the framework for a memorable discussion of cycling and bicycle culture in the city that everyone can participate in and take with them.
Exhibition components: Posters with QR codes
The Good City consists of 25 posters with pictures, text and graphics. It is divided into three parts. The first part consists of an introduction to the problem area, the second part provides an overview of the historical development of bicycle culture in Copenhagen, whilst the third part consists of a variety of carefully selected contributors' visions of Copenhagen in the future. There are QR codes on the posters that direct the audience to the contributers' other work. The exhibition can be put up both indoors and outdoors.


The Good City
 can be used as both an indoor and an outdoor exhibition. On renting the travelling exhibition, you are responsible for choosing a print company in your country to print and deliver the exhibition to you. Be aware that equipment for an outdoor installation of the exhibition is not included in the rental price. 

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Exhibition Manager:
Signe Jul Andersen
Exhibition Consultants:
Anne Katrine Braagaard Harders
Mikael Colville-Andersen
Lasse Medegaard Schelde
Historical background:
Anne Katrine Braagaard Harders
Pictures supplied by:
Museum of Copenhagen
The Cyclists' Federation
Lars Gemzøe
Mikael Colville-Andersen
The exhibition is supported by:
1 vejdirektoratet
1 copenhagenize
1 amager øst lokaludvalg
1 miljøpunkt amager
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