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Europe briefing — Global

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Copenhagen saddles up for the world's biggest urban cycling contest, Russia's "Silicon Valley" gets to live by its own rules, and Istanbul, the call to prayer becomes easier to the ear.

Copenhagen, Silicon Valley, cycling, smoking

In the saddle

Copenhagen [CYCLING]

Copenhagen is a prime example of what can be achieved when a city’s population embraces pedal power. Over a third of its commuters travel by bike (Copenhagen Council is aiming to make that 50 per cent) and it has 350km of purpose-built cycle paths. All of which makes it fitting that the Danish capital was chosen as host for the world’s pre-eminent urban cycle planning conference, Velo-City Global. Held at the end of June, it was the 30th annual conference of its kind aimed at getting people on their bikes to imp…

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