National strategy for cycling in Denmark

| July 22, 2014

On July 4th, the Minister of Transport in Denmark launched a new strategy aimed towards getting more people to use their bikes. The Danish Cyclists’ Federation contributed to the final strategy and is very pleased with the outcome.

Photo: Ursula Bach

Photo: Ursula Bach

The Danes must cycle more
“We have a long tradition of cycling in Denmark, and it makes us somewhat unique. We must nourish this culture and pass it on to our children,” the Minister of Transport says in the foreword.

Unfortunately we use our bikes less than we used to. Instead, it is quite common for 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 cycle lanes, fewer stops for cyclists and better facilities for parking bicycles,” the Minister continues.

Three Focus Areas
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 the 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 realised, Denmark can re-establish its position as the world’s best country for cycling,” says the director, who has been involved in developing the strategy.

In need of funds
According to Klaus Bondam, Denmark is behind the Netherlands in 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 cycling infrastructure, many cycle lanes, an established cycling 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.

For further information see:

Full version in English

Full version in Danish

Abstract in Danish

Flyer in Danish

Summary and translation from article by Frits Bredal on www.cyklistforbundet.dk.

Category: Newsletters in English, Policy, Politics, September 2014, Tourism and Leisure

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