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The Øresund Bridge, located in the sound between Denmark and southern Sweden, was opened in the summer of 2000. The decade prior to the bridge’s completion came to be a period in which a great deal of public interest and mass media attention focused upon the plans to build the bridge as well as discussions concerning the significance the bridge would have in ongoing attempts to construct a new region: The Øresund Region. In this context, the bridge, and its construction, often worked in the public discourse as a metonym for the region and its development. This article analyses the cultural processes surrounding a biking event held on the bridge on the first day that the public was allowed physical access to the bridge. Using this event as a point of departure, the text considers the role that different but rather mundane forms of mobility around (and across) the bridged border played in capturing the imagination of the people of the region. It argues that if mobility is an increasingly important aspect of both modern life, and the phenomenon called globalisation, then there still exists a need to more closely examine the significance it plays in the course of people’s daily lives.