Saturday, February 25th 2017 at 5:01PM GMT
Copenhagen Municipality will next week unveil a new bicycle strategy to bolster the position of bicycling in the Danish capital. Cykelstiprioriteringsplanen (or Bicycle Path Prioritisation Plan) 2017-2025 will take the place of previous cycle-infrastructure-expanding plans.
10,000 of Copenhagen’s 600,000 citizens contributed views to the plan. 62 percent of respondents were said to be unsatisfied with the width of cycleways in the city, so some of the major ones are to be widened.
The city’s cycleways take up just 7 percent of the road surface yet cycling accounts for more than 50 percent of how residents get around. (54 percent of Copenhagen’s roadspace is devoted to motorists, and a futher 12 percent is accounted for by car-parking spaces.)
Copenhagen built at least one mile of cycleway every single year from 1912 to 1969, with just a slight hiatus between 1970 and 1974, followed by an even greater building spurt between 1975 and 1985, when five miles of cycleways were installed each and every year.
In November 2016, for the first time since Copenhagen starting counting traffic entering the city centre, there were more bikes counted than cars.