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Fact file : cycling
city centre area  1,150,000 sq m
length of cycle tracks in the city  350km
length of green cycle routes (2008)  41km
inner-city residents  519,000
inner-city private bicycles  560,000
people cycling to work/school (2008)  37%
cycled distance per day  1.2 million km
... which is to the moon and back, twice!
City of Copenhagen cycle info : www.kk.dk
City Bike zone : www.bycyklen.dk
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Cycling in Copenhagen
a city on wheels
Part of our Low Carbon Copenhagen project ... project index >
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Cycling in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an inspired leader in promoting the use of bicycles as a key form of urban transport. Well over a third of the home-to-work or school journeys made by the city's residents are by bike. Cycling is a part of everyday life in the city and bikes are used for everything from deliveries to taxi rides, sightseeing to shopping trips.
As part of its integrated approach to transport systems, the city has invested in infrastructure that makes it easier and safer to travel by bike. Measures include designated lanes and traffic lights, bicycle bridges and bike parking facilities. Copenhagenís Eco-Metropolis vision statement sets a goal of 50% home-to-work trips by bicycle by 2015. This increase in cycling translates to a potential reduction of 80,000 tonnes per year in CO2 vehicle-related emissions.
A recent inititiave is the green cycle routes scheme, a system of commuter bike corridors beside and through parks and green spaces. About one third completed, the aim is to provide 21 routes covering 110km.
Copenhagen has also been a global pioneer in the development of free public bike systems. The city's 2,500 City Bikes are available in a 9 sq km city-centre area for a returnable deposit, and can be collected and dropped off at any of the 110 designated points.
Cycling is a passion for the Danes and Copenhagen has a long history of association with bicycles. Taking averaged statistics, every Dane cycles more than 1km every day, and 9 out of 10 people own a bicycle. About half a million bikes are bought each year in Denmark — about the same figure as the population of Copenhagen.
In 2010, the Discovery Channel's environmental website TreeHugger voted Copenhagen the world's Best City for Cyclists in its transportation category, just one indication of the success of the approach taken by the city ..... next >
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"The bicycle is the most civilised
conveyance known to man."
Iris Mudoch, 2007, in The Red and the Green
"Here, riding your bike
is nothing special — it's like brushing your teeth."
Andreas Røhl, City of Copenhagen bicycle programme, 2009
Copenhagen - City of Cyclists
by Copenhagenize at http://vimeo.com
Copenhagen's unique bicycle culture as it looks
at the beginning of the 21st century.
Dur: 3 min 26 sec
Directed, edited and filmed by
Mikael Colville-Andersen for the City of Copenhagen