Super highways for cyclists

| September 2, 2010

The story is borrowed from the COPENHAGEN post

Photo: Jyllands-Posten

Bicycle motorways to encourage people to bike to and from work.

The government is set to build bicycle motorways, with three lanes in each direction, as part of an effort to get more Danes to bicycle to and from work, writes Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

The government will therefore build several hundred kilometres of new bike paths in and around the larger cities, with the aim of getting twice as many people biking to and from work.

Lise Bjørg Pedersen of the Danish Cyclist Association said: ‘Cyclists feel the same way as drivers do – they would like motorways. And they hate having to stop for red lights!’ She believes the move could double the number of people who cycle to and from work in Denmark from three percent of the population to six percent.

The government has already begun plans for the construction of the bicycle motorways in cities such as Copenhagen – where an estimated 20-30 percent of the population cycle to work – Århus, Odense and Aalborg. The bike paths will mean people will be able to get to work much faster and there will also be stations along the way where people can get their bicycles pumped, pick up free water and see traffic information.

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