Friday July 4, the Minister of Transport in Denmark launched a new strategy aimed towards getting more people to use their bike. The Danish Cyclists’ Federation has contributed to the final strategy and is very pleased with the outcome.
“We have a long tradition for cycling in Denmark, and it makes us somewhat unique. We must nourish this culture and pass it on to our kids,” the Minister of Transport says in the in the foreword.
“Unfortunately we use our bike less than we used to. Instead, it is quite common for the Danes to get behind the wheel of a car – even on short trips. It is comfortable and easy. The bike must become the easy choice. We can achieve this by making better bike lanes, fewer stops for cyclists and better facilities for bike parking,” the Minister continues.
The strategy focuses on three particular areas:
- Everyday Cycling
- Active holiday and leisure cycling
- New and safe cyclists
Director of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, Klaus Bondam, is very pleased with new strategy: “Reading the focus areas of the strategy is like reading the focus areas for the Danish Cyclists’ Federation for the coming years. If the ambitions of this proposal are realized, Denmark can re-establish its position as the world’s best cycling country,” says the director, who has been involved in developing the strategy.
According to Klaus Bondam, Denmark is behind the Netherlands on a number of key parameters, but this may change if the strategy is carried out and sufficient funds allocated:
“The Danes would like to cycle more, but only if it is easy and attractive. Therefore, we are happy that the strategy brings focus to ‘everyday cycling’ as well as specific focus on ‘better and secure bicycle parking at stations and junctions’ for example. This is just one of the areas where Denmark is currently behind the Netherlands,” says Klaus Bondam, who also applauds the strategy’s focus on ‘active holiday and leisure cycling.’
“Denmark has all the natural conditions for developing its bicycle tourism – a good bike infrastructure, many bike paths, an established bike culture, a flat landscape, and as a cyclist in Denmark, you are always close to water. There is a huge potential for bicycle tourism, and this could also generate revenue and jobs.”
In the coming years, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation will work hard to make the state and the municipalities contribute to the implementation of the strategy.
Read the “National Bicycle Strategy: Denmark – on your bikes!”
Summary and translation from article by Frits Bredal on www.cyklistforbundet.dk.