Journey Around Copenhagen’s Latest Bicycle Innovations

Copenhagen just keeps finding fun ways to make it easier and more convenient to bike. On a tour with Mikael Collville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Design Co, I was able to tour some new innovations that have been implemented since I was last in Copenhagen four years ago.

First: If you’ve seen my Streetfilm from the VeloCity Conference 2010 (yes, feel free to watch again here) there is a new busiest bicycle street in the world! The Knippelsbro Bridge boasts 40,700 riders per day! And speaking of bridges, Copenhagen is building six new bike/ped-only bridges to help its people get around easier.

Last month saw the debut of the Cykelslangen “Cycle Snake,” immensely popular with adults and kids alike. You’ll see loads of footage as we travelled back and forth over it. It is truly a handsome piece of infrastructure. Even going uphill seems easy!

You’ll see lots of other things in this Streetfilm that will make you happy — or angry your city isn’t doing more — including wastebaskets angled for cyclists, LED lights that indicate whether riders have to speed up to catch the green light, and a cool treatment for cobblestone streets that helps make biking easier.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

In Washington State, Speeding Projects to Slow Motorists

|
Here’s what happening around the Network today: Washington State Passes Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill: The state of Washington has passed legislation that will make it easier for towns and cities to calm traffic on neighborhood streets. According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the law allows localities to lower speed limits without conducting engineering […]

Notes on Bicycling in Copenhagen

|
Copenhagen, Denmark is not a natural bicycling city. In the early 1960’s it was very much of a car town. In 1962 the city created its first pedestrian street, the Stroget, and every year since then Copenhagen has allocated more and more of its public space to bicycles, pedestrians and people who just want to sit […]

What Do Sushi and Bicycles Have in Common?

|
A Danish take on the sushi-bike connection. (Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen via Flickr) How is a bicycle like a fish? Specifically, a piece of raw fish on sticky rice wrapped in seaweed? Over at Copenhagenize Mikael Colville-Andersen is talking about the parallels between bicycle culture and sushi — from a marketing standpoint. It’s part of a […]

Why Did Copenhagen's Biking Rate Surge in One Year?

|
Copenhagen is famous for being a city where a lot of people bike. But for years the bike commuting rate has remained roughly steady at just over a third of trips. Then last year the city’s bike commute mode share increased from 36 percent to 41 percent. Meanwhile, driving declined 3 percent as a share of […]