Infrastructure is the basis for developing a cycle culture. Most major cities in Denmark do have rather good facilities for cyclists, even though the cycle net still needs to be extended and improved. The major Danish cities have some 300 – 500 kilometres of cycle paths each, but a few missing links hold them from finishing the work perfectly.
Completing the Infrastructure
Today some cities are just 5 – 10 % from completing their overall plan for cycle infrastructure, which normally has been an ongoing job through more than 30 years.
In general, cycle infrastructure in Denmark consists of single directional cycle paths in each side of the road, placed in between the pedestrians and the cars. The recommended width is 2.2 meters.
Cyclists need cycle paths to feel safe, and safe cyclists cycle more often – 20 % more than without the paths. Safety is crucial to attract children and the elderly. Cycle traffic has to be handled with special attention to solutions in crossings, at traffic lights and at roundabouts – several surveys and studies show specific safe solutions in each case.