Number of bikes exceeds cars in Copenhagen for first time

Number of bikes entering the city centre exceeds the number of cars for the first time

The level of cycling may be slowly increasing in a few of Britain’s major cities, but we’re still lagging a long way behind some of our European neighbours, with Copenhagen now recording more bikes than cars in its city centre.

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The city authorities have been measuring traffic entering the city centre, with 252,600 cars entering the area compared to 265,700 bikes, up by 35,080 since last year. This is the first time that there have been more bikes than cars in the city centre since the city started counting in 1970.

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The increase comes after a period of significant investment in cycling by local authorities, with, according to the Copenhagenize website, 1 billion Danish krone (£120 million) put towards development of the city’s cycling infrastructure. This includes the construction of 17 bicycle bridges between 2006 and 2019 that give cyclists easy access to the city centre without having to compete with cars and other traffic.

However, the increase in Copenhagen city centre is set against a backdrop of slightly declining bicycle use in Denmark as a whole, while the number of journeys by bicycle in the whole of the Copenhagen municipal area is largely unchanged for the last twenty years.