Odense receives the Cycle City Award 2015

| May 19, 2015
Photo: Municipality of Odense

With its third bicycle center, the municipality has upscaled the number of bicycle parking racks at central station to 3,000. Photo: Municipality of Odense

The Municipality of Odense received the Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s Cycle City Award 2015 at the Danish National Bicycle Conference yesterday.

Ambitious and innovative
Many Danish municipalities work hard to promote cycling, but some work harder than others. Thus, every year, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation awards the municipality which they think have done something extraordinary to promote cycling.

Since 2000, the Municipality of Odense has been at the forefront as one of the top cycle cities in Denmark. But in the last few years, they have really up’ed the ante with a couple of large-scale projects and an abundance of smaller activities targeting a variety of target groups has revived the cycle city.

The new cycling action plan has a budget of app. 4 million € in the coming years, but Odense ahas already invested heavily in cycling. In 2014, the city opened Odins Bridge, a 4-lane cycle super highway crossing Odense Canal, and Odense Central Station got its third bicycle center increasing the number of bicycle parking racks at the station to 3.000.

And their hard work has not gone unnoticed. According to a statement by the Danish Cyclists’ Federation:

“With the establishment of a new, green city center and the opening of the new bridge between the city and the harbor, the Municipality of Odense has taken brave and consequent steps towards a sustainable city that focusses on walking and cycling. For a number of years, the municipality has led the way with interdisciplinary projects which has made immigrants, unemployed and other vulnerable groups start to bike. The youngest citizens in Odense have also benefitted from the municipality’s innovative approach to school cycling as the project Cycle School draws the bicycle into all aspects of school life.”

Facts about the Cycle City Award
The first Cycle City Award was given in 2005
The recipient of the Cycle City Award is selected by the board of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation
Precious award winners include Copenhagen, Aarhus, Ballerup, Helsingør, Herning, Randers and Varde.
Among the nominees in 2015 were also the municipalities of Aarhus, Esbjerg, Gladsaxe, and Svendborg.

More info about Odense
Read more about the Municipality of Odense
Read more about the project, Cycle School
Read more about the Municipality of Odense new mobility plan.

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