Danish capital turns to pedal power as it hosts UN Climate Change Summit

Danish capital Copenhagen is currently gearing up for the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit which runs from 7-18 December, and the city’s legions of cyclists will be doing more than usual to help reduce carbon emissions by using pedal-power to light up the Christmas tree that traditionally occupies City Hall Square.

The hundreds of lights that illuminate the tree are estimated to emit some nine tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, but locals and visitors alike have been invited to get pedalling to provide the power this year.

The initiative forms part of a series of events being organised in Copenhagen under the umbrella term ‘Hopenhagen’ as it seeks to turn itself into the ultimate climate-friendly city for the duration of the summit.

The city is seen as perhaps the most successful in the world at promoting bicycle usage, with more than 350 kilometres of bicycle lanes and one in three residents commuting on two wheels each day.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.