• Short Summary

    THE BICYCLE, ONE OF COPENHAGEN'S TOURIST SIGHTS, IS GRADUALLY DISAPPEARING FROM THE STREETS OF THE DANISH CAPITAL.

  • Description

    THE BICYCLE, ONE OF COPENHAGEN'S TOURIST SIGHTS, IS GRADUALLY DISAPPEARING FROM THE STREETS OF THE DANISH CAPITAL. ONCE IT SEEMED THAT EVERY CITIZEN OWNED A BICYCLE. STREETS WERE CRAMMED WITH HOUSEWIVES SHOPPING , TRADESMEN DELIVERING, AND SCHOOLCHILDREN JOYRIDING. NOW, BICYCLES SALES ARE DOWN TO HALF THE IMMEDIATE POST-WAR FIGURES, AND PEOPLE ARE FORSAKING PEDAL-POWER FOR PISTON POWER AND BUYING MOTOR-ASSISTED MACHINES.

    HOWEVER MUCH REDUCED, THE BICYCLE PROBLEM IS AN EXTREME HEADACHE FOR THE COPENHAGEN POLICE. BECAUSE OF A HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING, AND BECAUSE OF OLD BICYCLES BRING NEXT TO NOTHING IN RE-SALE, THE COPENHAGEN CITIZEN USUALLY DUMPS HIS OLD MACHINE IN THE NEAREST POLICE SQUAD PATROLS THE PARKING SPACES, AND CONVENTIONALLY FORGETS IT. A SPECIAL POLICE SQUAD PATROLS THE PARKING SPACES, CHECKING NUMBERS ON THE MACHINES. IF, AFTER A MONTH, THE MACHINE ARE STILL WHERE THEY WERE FIRST CHECKED, THE BICYCLE IS TAKEN TO A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

    OVER 100,000 BICYCLES PASS THROUGH THIS DEPARTMENT EVERY YEAR. IF THEY ARE IN REASONABLE CONDITION, THEY ARE AUCTIONED. BUT ONLY NINETY-FIVE PER-CENT FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY, THE REST ARE TAKEN TO A POLICE SCRAP YARD AND PUT THROUGH A PRESS. FIVE OR SIX MACHINES AT ONE TIME ARE PRESSED INTO A SMALL CUBE OF STEEL. THIS SCRAP IS THEN SOLD TO STEEL MANUFACTURERS....PROBABLY TO MAKE THE NEW MOTOR-CYCLES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6UEZ9RET9Q1YEZ7GLP7V7WGSI
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UEZ9RET9Q1YEZ7GLP7V7WGSI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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