Happiness on wheels – Worlds most healthy city

We hear it time and time again – the Copenhagen residents are among the happiest in the world – but why are we happy? A new question arises as Copenhagen now has been named the worlds most healthy city according to this list by CNN – Worlds most healthy city.
Now we ask ourselves: Is health happiness? Could there be a cohesion with the list of the top healthiest cities in the world and our happiness? Or will it all come down to Copenhagen’s love for bicycles?


Short work hours, relaxed atmosphere, lots of bicycles and trust among fellowmen – that seems to be the recipe for one of the worlds healthiest cities.

CNN has named Copenhagen as one of the worlds healthiest cities. Among the reasons CNN mentions that only 2 % of employees in Copenhagen work more than 40 hours a week. This means time for family, friends, voluntary work, sports and other hobbies. The city ripes with experiences and offers and it is easy to access the city. With restaurants and grocery shopping all in a bike- or walkable distance it contributes to a relaxed atmosphere and this all help keep stress levels low and the health on top.

Bicycles keep us healthy – the Copenhagen way

The government harvest praise from CNN for their effort to implement policies for the nature to be closer to the people of Copenhagen to raise the quality of life in the city.
So how far is it to the beach or park? In Copenhagen it will be less than 15 minutes on foot within 2015. And although that is a short walk and although the metro will take you directly to the beach Amager Strand there is one way of transportation there is truly unique (and as a bonus both healthy and environmentally friendly) to Copenhagen – the bicycle.

CNN highlights the Copenhagen bike-lanes and the fact that half the Copenhagen commuters bike to work or school on an every day basis. The bicycle lanes makes it easy for the residents to adopt a healthful lifestyle, simply because the bike is the easiest choice and the infrastructure of the city makes it easy and safe to go by bike – as opposed to many other cities.

Copenhagen made bicycles – handmade

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Staying active doesn’t have to be a chore and passionate enthusiasts in Copenhagen know this and keeps developing new methods to optimize the bike ride.

Butchers & Bicycles are already praised around the world for their cargo bike that has reinvented the classic cargo bike made for transportation. It is truly unique for the handling features and safety details and they bring the joy of biking into the cargo bikes that usually are rather heavy and unhandy to ride. Butchers & Bicycles’ cargo bike allows you to bring your children safely around without taking the joy of the bicycle ride out of the equation. The quality of this bike is exquisite and it is like happiness on wheels.

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Meanwhile Copenhagen based Cykelmageren makes quality bikes built to meet every customers’ need. They aspire to make the joy of a new bicycle last longer with their custom-made bicycle to have long time happy customers.

Happiness on wheels - Worlds most healthy city -  Copenhagen handmade bicycles

At Recycles they go all in on the making Copenhagen an environmentally healthy place while looking cool. They combine recycling with bicycles by reusing old quality frames and many other parts from old bicycles to make edgy vintage bicycles.

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Biking is not considered a luxury many places. That’s because they haven’t seen the Sögreni bicycles. It oozes design and quality and it goes very well to a suit which in Copenhagen isn’t an obstacle to get to work by bike. The design is so perfectly tailored to the customer yet it is handmade and it is almost considered a piece of art.

Happiness on wheels - Worlds most healthy city -  Copenhagen handmade bicycles

Not only is biking healthy but Incita Bicycle Division is also a social-economic enterprise that also helps the people behind the bikes. This means that they employ and educate people who are on the edge of the labor market, through employment or development programs to bring people closer to getting back to the normal labour market.

In the end health is also about trust. Do you trust in people? 96 % of the Copenhagen residents states that they have someone they trust if they at one point will need it. Enterprises like Incita and others like them are a great factor in keeping people happy and the over all social conciseness among the Copenhagen residents adds to their health.


In the end we must conclude that the residents of Copenhagen loves their bicycles and whether they influence one another or not – the bicycle keeps the people here both happy and healthy.

The CNN list – Worlds most healthy city:

1. Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Okinawa, Japan
3. Monte Carlo, Monaco
4. Vancouver, Canada
5. Melbourne, Australia
6. New York, USA
7. Jonkoping, Sweden
8. Havana, Cuba
9. Singapore, Singapore
10. Napa, USA

Butchers & Bicycles’ cargo bike featured in Wallpaper

The internationally acknowledged magazine Wallpaper brings a feature about CPHmade member Butchers & Bicycles in their October issue.

Or rather a feature about B&B’s cargo bike which premiered only 10 months ago –  but because of its innovative design and features already has caused a lot of interest. And once you get the chance to test drive it, you are left with a burning desire to own it. Or in Walpaper’s case to allocate space to tell the world about it.


5 Questions with Jakob Munk

The landscape of the city changes over time to fulfill the needs of its people. There seems to be a global trend for meatpacking districts to evolve into creative and artistic zones – Copenhagen is no exception. Located in the middle of Kødbyen, ‘Butchers and Bicycles’ is a startup cargo bike company that perfectly sums up both location and product.

I recently sat down with the brand director of Butchers and Bicycles Jakob Munk to chat about the early days of the company and their design visions.


Who are the players at Butchers & Bicycles?
There are three of us, me (Jakob), Morten and Morten. The Mortens have a more technical approach to everything and they’ve been working with complex design for large companies like e.g. Vestas. I have a more interior design oriented background, I was the head of design for Menu A/S for seven years working with branding, design and marketing.

How did it all start?
Morten and Morten started the company three and a half years ago, they had a basic desire to make cargo bikes that were a joy to ride. The functionality of the traditional cargo bike sometimes compromises the way we ride it. They did this while working full-time jobs in Aarhus. Soon after they moved into the meatpacking district. It went from sketches to 3D models to complex 3D models (FEM calculations), once enough information was gathered they went into a small workshop and started prototyping. It was a real trial and error process in the beginning. I came on board soon after handling branding, communications and business strategies.

What’s it like designing in a group?
Teamwork is our backbone. I think at some point you have to chose whether you want to be an individual designer and face the consequences of that direction, or a group work type of designer that works in an environment with people using each other’s strength to create a better product. It’s really hard for a “group designer” to take on the individual role and vice versa. There’s no right or wrong, it’s simply a question of temperament and what type you are.

Can you take us through a part of the design process?
While making the frame for instance, we must look at every weld point. We study how e.g. welding bends the metal so we can take that into the next generation of our 3D [computer] model. Everything we learn from real life we reuse in the design process using [computer] simulated models, nothing is left to chance. That’s the only way to do it. I strongly believe that design isn’t purely aesthetic, it’s a fine balance between aesthetics and functionality.

Any words of wisdom for hatchling designers?
As a designer, one of the most important things is to get a basic understanding of a lot of different materials, constructions and components. But we don’t consider ourselves experts in anything; we have to call the experts. For example for [our] plastic parts we have a consultant who’s been working with that exact material and manufacturing process his whole life so we get a lot of expert knowledge from a guy like him. And that’s just just a few components. That being said it is very important to have a strong understanding of the basics such as construction and the physics behind it.


Be sure to drop by their workshop/showroom on Slagtehusgade 5A and take the MK1 out for a spin.

Orderly Disorder

Work spaces at different scales can be quite photogenic. When zoomed in close enough, even the most organized system will exhibit departures from order. The following is a collage of candid shots from CPHmade members: Butchers & Bicycles, SØREN SKIFTER, Andersen & Berner, Sort Slips Hvidt Slips, Emdal Colorknit and For Holding Up The Trousers.











Bicycles from the Butchers…



Named for its location in Copenhagen’s meat-packing district, Butchers & Bicycles is headed up by entrepreneurs Morten Wagener, Morten Mogensen and Jakob Munk.

In their stylish showroom and assembly shop, the three design-engineers hand build uncompromising cargo trikes with unique handling features and safety details.

Although there are many obvious benefits of cargo bikes, as we know them, they have so far lagged the joy of cycling. We have set out to change that”.

So says the team behind one of the most exciting new brands to represent the unique bicycling culture of Copenhagen.

The first cargo trike from Butchers & Bicycles — simply called the Mk I – is for anyone who loves cycling. It challenges the perception of how fun and easy riding a cargo bike can be without compromising usability.

You can meet the Butchers and their bicycle at the Copenhagen Classico event on June 22 – read more on www.copenhagenclassico.dk