Bicycle Culture in Copenhagen: An Example To All Cities


In the pursuit of sustainable cities, we have much to learn from the Danes.  The post-World War II development boom in North America was based around cheap oil and the automobile, so our cities today remain designed around an automobile economy.  Sustainable urban planning, however, needs to make alternative, low-impact transportation both easy and desirable.  The fuel emissions and the traffic congestion caused by automobile use needs to be strongly discouraged.  We need to make driving more costly and inconvenient for people, and alternatives affordable and practical.  To do this, incentives and infrastructure must be provided to make biking and walking feasible and attractive options.

There are a number of ways to accomplish this, but the city of Copenhagen has some very impressive and innovative ideas.  The following short video explains some of the ways in which bike culture is encouraged and facilitated in Copenhagen, the ‘bike capital of the world’:

We should take Copenhagen’s system as a lesson to all cities.  Encourage your local governments to improve bike infrastructure, and, when possible, let your bike take you where you need to go.  It will keep you active while helping to address carbon emissions and traffic congestion.


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3 Comments on “Bicycle Culture in Copenhagen: An Example To All Cities”

  1. Carl Benfield December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Prescient Power Blog and commented:
    37% of commuters are cyclists. That is amazing!

  2. Verónica December 30, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    We are in Copenhagen now and you are right about their cycling culture! I am more concerned about being run down by a cyclist than a car!!

    • utopiandreaming December 30, 2012 at 3:55 am #

      That’s incredible! It’s certainly inspiration for us all.

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