Bicycle commuting is growing in popularity in major cities across the globe. Portland’s Create-a-Commuter program is the first project in the United States that provides low-income adults with commuter bicycles, equipped with lights, a lock, a helmet, a pump, tool kits, maps, and rain gear. It also comes with a session on commuter safety. Used by about 48,150 riders a day, Portland’s network of bike routes has been successful in dramatically increasing bicycle use.
Copenhagen is also known for its vibrant bicycle culture, and the city boasts one of the world’s most successful bicycle commuting programs. According to Copenhagenize, the city is planning to expand their existing network of bike lanes to extend farther out into the suburbs. This network of 13 different routes and will be designed to encourage, and make bicycle commuting even easier. At the moment, of the 100,000 people who commute in and out of Copenhagen county, 15,000 of them ride their bicycle to work. Copenhagen’s expansive vision of improved features for the superhighways can be found here.