One of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities has begun turning its extensive network of bicycle paths into bike highways due to extensive use.
Copenhagen, one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, has begun turning its extensive network of bicycle paths into bike superhighways. The Danish capital has more bicycles than people, and cycling is so popular that the city’s numerous bike paths can become congested during peak time.
The proposed bike highways will be dotted with pit stops where it will be possible for cyclists to pump their tires and fix their bike chains. Moreover, synchronized traffic lights prioritizing bicycles over cars will bring riders from the suburbs into Copenhagen safely and more efficiently. Copenhagen’s municipal bicycle program manager hopes that the bike highways will reduce traffic and increase the percentage of suburban commuters cycling to and from the city to over 50 percent by 2015.
Copenhagen boasts 242 miles of bike paths making it one of the two Bicycle Capital cities in Europe, along with Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010, the city spent $44 million on bike infrastructure, and $13 million more is allotted for 2011. The first two city-to-suburb bicycle highways are due to open at the end of 2011, and reach a distance of nine miles from central Copenhagen. A third bike highways, going as far as 12 miles from the capital’s center, will be put into service in 2012.