The fashion week has brought my friends from Amsterdam, and naturally they have rented bikes for the stay. Both Copenhagen and Amsterdam are famous for being bicycle friendly, but there is a big difference. In Amsterdam the bicyclist is king. The drivers know it, the pedestrians know it, and if they are tourists, they will learn fast. The bikes are allowed to enter the big cross sections along with the cars, on separately marked lanes of course, and it is a happy co existence, once you learn the moves. But adapting (half of) that set of rules to any other city, means trouble. Especially in Copenhagen. Because here, the hierarchy is different.
The self appointed king of Copenhagen is the pedestrian. Especially in the more populated areas. He will move without looking up (likely busy on the cellphone) crossing red lights, expecting traffic to stop. The drivers of Copenhagen unwillingly submits, but show very little patience with both pedestrians and bicyclists. The benefit of that rule is that we all are pedestrians at one point of the day. And if you encounter trouble as a bicyclist in the pedestrian kingdom, you quickly dismount, if just for a minute, and gain the benefits.