Moving into Oslo, I brought my bicycle with me, of course, so I’ll be able to get to work on it, as well as going downtown for shopping, cinemas, and for just cruising around. It takes a quick 10-15 mins to get to work, much better than the 30 minute train journey I had before, not to mention cheaper and healthier. It’s also a lot of fun; riding fast through the streets on the bike is a real kick!
I’m pretty careful though, follow the traffic rules and make sure the car drivers see me, and at night I use lights to the front and rear. I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of cyclists here in Oslo that don’t use lights, ride the wrong way on the street and generally ignore the traffic rules, which is dangerous both to them and others.
Those wanting to learn safety and other tips on bicycling, should check out Ken Kifer’s excellent bike pages. Sadly, Ken was killed by a drunken driver few weeks ago. Hopefully, all the valuable information on the pages will be preserved even after the author is gone.