Copenhagen ‘love locks’ to stay, unlike in Paris

Lovebirds who have left their mark on Bryggebroen, Copenhagen’s answer to Paris’s Pont des Arts, needn’t worry that their symbols of devotion will go the way of their French counterparts.

Copenhagen 'love locks' to stay, unlike in Paris
An estimated 5,000 locks hang on Bryggebroen. Photo: Colourbox
While workers in Paris began removing nearly one million “love locks” on Monday, love-struck couples in Copenhagen can rest easy. Officials in the Danish capital said that Bryggebroen’s symbols of everlasting love aren’t going anywhere. 
“With the level we have now, there is a long way to go until we need to worry about anything,” Janus Christoffersen, a spokesman for the City of Copenhagen’s technical and environmental administration, told broadcaster DR. 
Bryggebroen is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting Kalvebrod Brygge and Islands Brygge, and some 5,000 couples have put padlocks on it as a testament to their relationship since the bridge was built in 2006. 
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Copenhagen's Bryggebroen. Photo: Florian Plag/Flickr
Copenhagen's Bryggebroen. Photo: Florian Plag/Flickr
By comparison, it is estimated that more than 700,000 love locks hang on the Pont des Arts. 
Christoffersen said that city officials are not concerned about a situation similar to the one in Paris, where police had to hurriedly usher tourists off the Pont des Arts last year when a section of it collapsed under the weight of the locks covering the 155-metre-long bridge.
“It is incomparable to the bridge in Paris, and no one needs to rush down here to make it [in time],” he said. 
Couples who hung locks in the French capital, meanwhile, saw their symbols of passion get removed on Monday. 
The Local France has photos from the removal of the Paris love locks, which weighed a combined 45 tonnes. 

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Denmark signals support for zero-emissions zones in cities

A new proposal presented by the government on Wednesday could give local authorities the ability to designate zero-emissions zones in cities.

Denmark signals support for zero-emissions zones in cities
Parking spaces at a charging point in Aalborg. The sign reads "reserved for electric cars". File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The zones would only allow access to vehicles without combustion engines, such as electric cars.

Wednesday’s government proposal states that there is already demand at municipalities for zero-emissions zones in set parts of cities in order to reduce air and noise pollution.

The government said it wants to accommodate that demand while still enabling people to live, move around and shop in the zones.

“The government will therefore look closely at whether affected residents and businesses in the area have realistic alternatives and that there would be time to meet the criteria,” the government writes in the proposal.

“A framework must also be set to ensure access for necessary use of industrial vehicles, including delivery of goods,” it adds.

A long period of transition would be required in municipalities that decide to take up the option of establishing the zones, according to interest groups for the automotive industry.

Goods vehicles could be amongst those to face the largest obstacles in such a situation, as the range on zero emissions goods vehicles on the market is limited, according to the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI).

“That means it would be difficult to ensure supply to cities where the requirement for zero emissions might be effective,” DI’s CEO Lars Sandahl Sørensen said via written comment.

The association for car importers in Denmark, De Danske Bilimportører, said that the zones would be difficult to implement without a long phasing-in.

“The proposal for zero emissions zones in particular is very far reaching and can hardly be implemented without a long phasing in period, as the range of electric and hydrogen cars with sufficient range should be greater,” the organization’s CEO Mads Rørvig said in a statement.

FDM, an association for motorists in Denmark, went further in its criticism of the plan.

“It’s far too early and disproportionate to have zero-emissions zones that would exclude 98 percent of Danish motorists,” FDM senior consultant Dennis Lange said in a written comment.

“This is a symbolic policy which will have no measurable effect on pollution,” he added.

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