Copenhagen Bike Highways?

You heard right! Copenhagen is building a network of bike highways. It would stand to reason that one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world has a bike path congestion problem. As I type these words I can’t help but feel jealous at the fact that they have these problems.

“… Roehl [the Copenhagen municipality’s bicycle programme manager] is not content with making life easier for Copenhagen’s inner-city cyclists: he wants to get suburbanites out of their cars and onto two wheels as well.

His goal is to hike the percentage of suburban commuters cycling to and from the city from the 37 percent it is today to over 50 percent by 2015.

Within the city, 55 percent of all commuters already travel by bike, according to the municipality.

Copenhagen’s bike highways of tomorrow will be dotted with pit stops where it will be possible to pump up tyres, fix a chain and have a drink of water, Roehl says.

And synchronised traffic lights prioritising bicycles over cars will bring riders from the suburbs into Copenhagen “quickly and safely,” he says.”

Written by Chris Belsole

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