Monday, May 17, 2010

Danish bikes at Expo a security risk

COPENHAGEN. The Danish pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai was meant to demonstrate how pleasant life can be in a green, sustainable city like Copenhagen.
Fresh water from the city’s harbour was shipped to Shanghai to show the Chinese that it’s clean enough to swim in. And 250 of the famous Copenhagen city bikes, that visitors to the Danish Capital can use for free to explore the city, were brought in as a central feature of the pavilion.
But the bicycles remain locked up since they turned out to be a security risk for the Chinese visitors, reports the Ritzau news agency in the Danish newspaper Information. Several visitors have crashed with the bikes that have no hand brakes, just foot brakes which the Chinese are not used to.
A 56-year-old Chinese man who broke his leg is considering suing the Danish pavilion, according to the report.
Except for bike-problem, the high profile Danish pavilion designed by young architect Bjarke Ingels has been a success with 20,000 visitors daily and a lot of coverage in international press.

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