Hills

Copenhagen is flat as a pancake. If the water of the ocean was to rise just a few metres a good part of the town would just disappear. But there is ONE hill that has been frustrating people on bikes for as long as I can remember: Valby Bakke.

I was pleasantly surprised to walk past it last week and discover that the part of it that intersects with the local park has been remodelled – making it much easier to use for sleighing. One of the great joys of copenhageners is finding a non-horizontal surface they can slide down using sleighs, plastic bags, tea trays or whatever one can come up with (being creative with your improvised sleigh grants instant recognition and applause).

Originally the corner of the park intersecting with the hill had a solid path leading down the ridge of the hill, directly through a gate and out onto a road with heavy traffic (making sleighing slightly hazardous if you have no means of braking). Now the slope has been angled a bit away from the gate and has two solid paths on the side making it easier to climb to the top. There’s even a little ridge that will stop an errant child on a sleigh heading for the traffic.

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