Friday Skate Night

It’s summertime in Copenhagen and with that comes a host of activities and festivals to enjoy. One event is Friday Skate nights. Every second Friday from April to September, the city shuts down select streets and allows in-line bladders and skaters to take over the city. Although the exact route varies from week to week, the course always starts and ends at Solbjerg Plads in Frederiksberg and winds its way through the city for approximately 20K (12 miles).

The event is well organized with a police escort and an assortment of support personnel to make sure the crowd moves at an appropriate pace and provide first aid for the inevitable cuts and bruises that occur. Crowds vary depending on the weather but usually range from 1,000-2,000. It is truly a family event with lots of people bringing their children and pushing strollers. All in all, the event is an excellent way to explore the city while enjoying the fresh air.

The following are a few pictures I took on a balmy August evening last year when I participated in the event with a couple of friends.

Gathering area at Solbjerg Plads

Gathering area at Solbjerg Plads

Winding our way through the streets of Frederiksberg

Winding our way through the streets of Frederiksberg

Approaching Valby Bridge

Approaching Valby Bridge

Making our way up Istedgade, the heart of the red-light district

Making our way up Istedgade, the heart of the red-light district

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Heavy crowds as we make our way through downtown

Back on the road again...

Back on the road again…

 

 

 

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About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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