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What we have here is a Desire Line. I walked around the corner last week and saw it freshly painted on the sidewalk. Right at the intersection between the nation’s busiest bike street, Nørrebrogade, and the street along The Lakes.
Most cyclists will head straight on here, towards the city centre, but many others ride up onto the sidewalk to get to the next street over. They always have. Now, technically, this “sidewalkin’” is illegal but when you have a few thousand people doing it each day you have two options. You can stand there and issue fines until you’re blue in the face or you can do what the City of Copenhagen does: respect the peoples’ Desire Line - as decided by subconscious democratic consensus - and turn it into a bike lane. (via Copenhagenize.com - Building Better Bicycle Cultures: Subconscious Democracy and Desire)