Saturday, August 22, 2009

Copenhagen - City of Cyclists

It is probably the best city in the world for bicyclists. In December they will host the UN Climate Change Conference and I'm sure we'll be hearing more about the city then. Here are a few statistics about bicycling in Copenhagen from the city's web page City of Cyclists:
  • Copenhagen cyclists ride a total of 1.2 million kilometres a day. This is the equivalent of two brisk bicycle journeys to the moon and back.
  • There are a total of 350 kilometres of cycle tracks and 40 kilometres of green cycle routes in Copenhagen, the equivalent of the length of Jutland.
  • In Copenhagen 1 person out of 3 commutes by bicycle to work or school every day.
The city is currently investing $47 million in a bicycle superhighways that extend from the surrounding suburbs into the central city. Bicycle superhighways will have:
  • Smooth, even surfaces free of leaves, ice and snow.
  • As direct as possible with no detours.
  • Homogenous visual expression, for example, with signage and the trademark blue bike lanes through larger intersections.
  • 'Service stations' with air and tools along the routes.
  • Possibility to maintain a high speed and with sufficient width to overtake other cyclists.
  • Safe and quick crossing priority for cyclists when they approach cross streets.
  • Green Wave for cyclists through sections with frequent stop lights.

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