Bicycle superhighway program continues in Denmark
Copenhagen continues bicycle superhighway push

The Danes continue to roll out their bicycle superhighway program in the region around Copenhagen, luring more riders on longer trips into the city.

Eight of the prioritised bike routes totalling 206 km have been completed at a cost of $A83 million, with five more under way.

Copenhagen has set ambitious targets for increased cycling, and getting people to take longer commutes is part of the plan.

And 25 per cent of the users taking longer commutes on the bike superhighways were previously travelling by car.

And the city will need every new rider it can find, as it has recently seen cycling numbers taper off as car ownership rises.

The data comes from the latest Copenhagen Bike Account, the report published every two years that reveals the overall state of bike riding in the city.

The latest Bike Account 2016 shows that while trips within the Copenhagen municipality are rising—up 51 per cent since 2007, trips into and through the city by bike are falling, down 16 per cent in the same period.

But those that are riding are riding further, and their rating of safety of the network is going up: 76 per cent reported feeling secure in 2016 compared with 74 per cent in 2014.

With so many bikes in the city, satisfaction with bike parking is understandably low. The City of Copenhagen has installed 3,000 new bicycle parking spaces since 2014 and there are now 54,000 bicycle parking spaces in the municipal area.

In 2015-2016 the City of Copenhagen launched the behavioural campaign, Safe Cycling City. Between its first phase and its second phase, public awareness of the campaign had increased from 42% to 80%. People’s awareness of their own behaviour rose by 27% to 41% following the campaign.

Ninety-five percent of Copenhagen residents feel they generally cycle considerately, and 92% would like to see more awareness campaigns about considerate cycling behaviour.