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Local cycling federation and tourist organisation warn that bike congestion in the Danish capital can make riding intimidating.

This article titled “Copenhagen’s novel problem: too many cyclists” was written by Amelia Hill, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 9th September 2011 11.08 UTC

Can there be too many bikes in a city for safety? It’s not a question usually asked: the received wisdom, supported by research and backed by campaigning groups, is that the more cyclists there are, the safer the roads become for everyone.

But in Copenhagen – one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world in which 36% of its inhabitants cycle to work or school, and which has committed to increasing that figure to 50% by 2015 – there are controversial voices coming from unexpected places.

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