• Short Summary

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

  • Description

    1.
    SV CYCLISTS IN STREET.
    0.06

    2.
    SCU DITTO.
    0.10

    3.
    SV DITTO.
    0.16

    4.
    LV POLICE YARD FOR OLD BICYCLES.
    0.20

    5.
    SV CYCLES OFF POLICE LORRY.
    0.26

    6.
    LV DITTO, PAN OVER CYCLES.
    0.35

    7.
    SV POLICEMAN NOTES CYCLE NUMBERS.
    0.39

    8.
    TV OLD CYCLES INTO PRESS.
    0.46

    9.
    LV MOUNTAIN OF OLD CYCLES.
    0.51

    10.
    CU CYCLES INTO PRESS.
    0.58

    11.
    SV PRESS CLOSES.
    1.03

    12.
    SCU PRESSED CYCLE EMERGES.
    1.12

    13.
    SV DITTO.
    1.15

    14.
    SV STACK OF PRESSED CYCLES.
    1.20

    15.
    LV MOUNTAIN OF OLD CYCLES.
    1.29



    Initials TDH/V/MR/PB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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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  • Data

    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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