Local Round-Up: Put your spandex on standby to cycle the Tour de France prologue route!

Fælledparken welcomes the expected 20,000 guests to a festival that takes place from 1-2. July to mark that is hosting the opening day of the Tour de .

FestiVélo, which will be released as a bicycle festival, will be located between , Fælledsøen and Café-Pavillonen.

It will be open from 12:00 to 22:00 on Fridays and 09:00 to 22:00 on Saturdays.

What a peloton!
The roads on the route will continue to be car-free on Saturday, which gives the public the opportunity to cycle the exact same route between 09.00 and 12.00 prior to the second stage, starting in Roskilde.

On the first day, visitors will be able to see the prologue live, while the entire field takes on a 13 km that weaves through the streets of Copenhagen.

To pay the brother part
The budget to host all three stages, Danish Grand Départ, is DKK 88 million. The state is hosting up to 17 million, the regions 15 million, the City of Copenhagen 50 million and the other host municipalities 5 million.

A fan park will open on Kongens Nytorv on 29 June and the municipality will start blocking the roads for traffic on 27 June.

Initiatives on must go nationwide
A new initiative to tackle domestic violence is being rolled out across the country following a successful pilot project in the capital that started last year. Copenhagen Police recently joined forces with Lev Uden Vold to offer telephone counseling to both perpetrators and victims of violence. Lev Uden Vold gave 89 counseling calls after 124 referrals from the Copenhagen Police: About 75 percent were victims, 9 percent were perpetrators and 12 percent both victims and perpetrators. According to Lev Uden Vold, 38,000 women and 19,000 men are exposed to physical partner violence every year – and about the same number to psychological violence.

Dragør Municipality to have its drinking water supplied
Concerns are growing that the water in Dragør Municipality is not suitable for drinking. Two wells were recently closed after the discovery of pesticides and PFOS residues from . Last year, the municipality employed COWI in an advisory role, and it has advised Dragør to start its drinking water from the capital region (possibly ) – neighbor Tårnby Municipality, one of three municipalities on , buys about 70 percent. of its drinking water. The decision will lead to a significant increase in water taxes. Another possible problem may be caused by not using the available groundwater. Although levels will rise, it is not expected to cause flooding to homes.

The number of parking fines is growing, but still below the number of pre-pandemics
The City of Copenhagen issued 277,558 parking fines in 2021 – an increase of just over 50,000 compared to the previous year. However, the number was still low compared to corona-free years, when the number was between 300,000 and 330,000. The most common offense, in the case of 60,000 of the tickets, is parking too close to an intersection. Motorists are not allowed to park within ten meters of one. An additional 17,000 fines were handed out to motorists who parked on the sidewalk, a bike path or a footpath.

Nowhere to swim? The summers ahead can be tacky due to extensive pool renovations
The City of Copenhagen has announced plans to renovate five swimming pools in the capital, which may mean that they will be closed for longer summer periods over the next three and a half years – and perhaps up to 10 years. The five pools are: Vesterbro Swimming Hall, Sundby Bad, Emdrup Bad, Frankrigsgade Swimming Hall and Vandkulturhus. It is estimated that some of them are in disrepair and need extensive work. Meanwhile, another pool, Bellahøj Swimming Stadium, will be closed for seven weeks due to renovation work from 3 July.

Ukrainian arrivals with volunteers to prepare asylum stays
About 130 Ukrainians have moved into Ottiliahus in Valby, where volunteers, orchestrated by the Employment and Integration Administration at the City of Copenhagen, have been busy preparing the home for the expected arrival of many more. Most of the Ukrainians have given a hand. Ottiliahus welcomes beds and refrigerators from the public as well as clothes, shoes and toys to the volunteer shop. The residence, which has two Ukrainian-speaking employees, housed former Syrian refugees.

Cyclist vandalizes Russian embassy with red paint
Police are looking for a cyclist who walked around the back of the Russian embassy, ​​which is located on Kristianiagade in , and threw red paint against a wall. The embassy notified police at 6:57 a.m. Thursday morning.

Source: The Nordic Page

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