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Middle class Danes cycle because they “can’t afford to drive a car”, claims former US ambassador to… Denmark

Middle class Danes cycle because they "can't afford to drive a car", claims former US ambassador to... Denmark

Cycling in Copenhagen (picture credit Ty Stange via Copenhagen Media Centre) A former US ambassador to Denmark, of all people, was ridiculed for suggesting that…

Sunday, Jun 12

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Cycling in Copenhagen (picture credit Ty Stange via Copenhagen Media Centre) A former US ambassador to Denmark, of all people, was ridiculed for suggesting that Danish people cycle and take the train because they "can’t afford to drive a car." Referring to recent rises in gas prices in the US under the current president Joe Biden, Carla Sands asked her social media followers if they wanted what the Danes have for themselves… to which the overwhelming answer seemed to be "yes".

You might be familiar with the tired old trope that people only cycle because they can’t afford a car; however you’d probably expect better from someone who supposedly immersed themselves in Danish culture during their tenure as an ambassador to the country, whose capital city Copenhagen is regularly voted the best in the world to cycle with bikes actually outnumbering cars for the first time in the city back in 2016.

Couple this information with Denmark’s high GDP and standard of living, and it starts to become apparent that maybe there are other reasons for the choice of many Danes to cycle rather than drive.

Sands served as Danish ambassador under the Trump administration and lived in the country for a number of years, clearly demonstrating with her Twitter post that the actual reasons the Danes might choose to bike passed her by. That sounds like a much healthier society, don’t you think? Sands claimed that while serving as US ambassador between 2017-2021, her embassy driver "would bike an hour […]

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