I caught Mikael Colville-Andersen's inspiring talk on urban cycling from the Copenhagen context at San Francisco's SPUR on the last Friday of October. I suggested we could do an interview when I came to Copenhagen in December and he graciously agreed, stepping outside into the drizzling snow at a December 10 awards ceremony he was hosting. (The title of this post is a quote from him when he was on stage at the ceremony, and is a new tag line on his blog too.) They were handing out prizes for the best new designs for the next generation of Copenhagen's bikeshare program. He is well known for his blogging at Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycling Chic. The photos throughout were taken by me in Copenhagen during the last couple of weeks there.
Chris Carlsson: What was your experience in San Francisco? Did you have a good time there?
Mikael Colville-Andersen: I had a brilliant time. I just blogged a film with three of my friends, about Critical Mass.
C: Did you get in to the Halloween Critical Mass?
M: Oh yeah, all the way!
C: I saw you wrote some vaguely critical comments about Critical Mass in general.
M: I have done… it’s just that marketing thing. You’re not selling it if you’re pissing people off. Riding around… I didn’t see any bad behavior. There were so many people at that Critical Mass that it was more tame?