4 March 2013

My Way (Is Not the High Way)

Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin 2011 - 1822

A small celebration of the bike lanes that help Copenhageners enjoy cycling in safety - and in style. The number of cyclists increased tremendously after the first dedicated bicycle networks were introduced in the 1970's.

Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin 2011 - 1817

Today, few cyclists give the bike lanes much thought as they are pervasive throughout the city.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin 2011 - 1964

However, the numbers of cyclists has stagnated. Politicians and city planners need to reconsider their options if they want continued growth.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 3825

Improved bicycle parking and wider bike lanes for rush hour traffic is high on the list for may cyclists.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin 2011 - 1848

Happy Cycling!


Kenneth Buttercup said...

Does the expense of automobile ownership and operating costs and availability of public transit have much to do with the popularity of cycling in Copenhagen or is it entirely due to bicycle networks?

Franz-Michael S. Mellbin said...

This has been researched quite a lot, and the short answer is; No. Car prices etc. do not have any significant effect. People often stumble at the high car costs in Denmark but forget that countries with much lower car prices such as Holland and Japan are also top cycling nations. Just as several other high-car cost countries have very few or even practically none cyclists. Finally car ownership is not much different in Denmark than other countries. Safety is truly the main driver.