Bicycle Traffic Increasing in Aarhus

| May 15, 2015
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More and more people are cycling in the City of Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city. Hopefully this trend will continue in the future. However, according to  alderman in the City of Aarhus, Kristian Würtz, the development is going to require that the state keeps co-funding cycle projects.

By Lotte Malene Ruby, Danish Cyclists’ Federation

The inhabitants of Aarhus are cycling more and more – but only driving a bit more than before. The total amount of bicycle trips has risen with 16 % within the municipality boundary from 2012-2014. Looking at the central section of the city the increase in the cycling rate has risen by a total of 23 %.
Kristian Würtz, alderman in Aarhus, is pleased with the results. But getting more people cycling is going to be necessary to keep up with the growing number of inhabitants:

“We’re doing great progress and I am happy about that. But we still have to get more people in Aarhus cycling. Thanks to funds set aside for cycling by the state there has been a lot of investments in new projects for cyclists. For example Aarhus has cooperated with the state about a new cycle superhighway in Lisbjerg, which in the future will become a very close and big suburb to Aarhus. We therefore hope to encourage people to cycle instead of drive.”

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New cyclists require more and new investments
City growth requires a high modal share of cyclists if not to drown in traffic jam and pollution. But many new cyclists also result in a demand for better conditions for cyclists. For example, the demand for more bicycle parking facilities is an issue. Currently, Aarhus really needs more capacity for bicycle parking. Therefore, the city has made plans to build a big bicycle parking facility at the main train station in Aarhus where there’s hardly any room for bicycle parking today:

“We have a lot of plans for the city’s cyclists and wish to invest even more of the municipality’s money in bicycle projects and I really hope that the state will support these plans in the future,” says alderman Kristian Würtz.

The Danish Cyclists’ Federation agrees with alderman Kristian Würtz. CEO at the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, Klaus Bondam, is pleased with the development in Aarhus,but agrees with Kristian Würtz; the state has a responsibility if we wish to continue success with investing in cycling projects in the bigger cities – especially if we want this development to spread to the rest of the country.

“It is an extremely positive development that we have experienced in bigger Danish cities lately. It is necessary to continue like this if we want to create liveable cities. But in many suburbs and smaller cities, and in the countryside, the development is going the wrong way. That’s why we need the Danish state to keep co-funding cycle projects – to help the bigger cities as well as the rest of the country to become more cycle friendly,” says Klaus Bondam.

Category: Bicycle Parking, Policy

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