Regional cycling survey provides regional bicycle knowledge

The Capital Region of Denmark has, as the only region in Denmark – maybe in the world – made an overall regional cycling survey. The survey shows that cycling is doing well and that there are still big differences between the central municipalities Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the suburbs and the rural municipalities in the region.

Photo: Capital Region of Denmark

Photo: Capital Region of Denmark

The regional cycling survey of The Capital Region of Denmark is unique

The Capital Region of Denmark is one of five regional authorities in Denmark. The region has a population of 1.7 million distributed across 28 municipalities, one of them being Copenhagen. The Capital Region of Denmark works to make it much easier for its citizens to go to work, school and sparetime activities without wasting unnecessary time in traffic, as well as making the citizens lead healthy, active lives.

The Capital Region of Denmark’s cycling survey 2016 is a follow-up to cycling survey from 2012, and the survey gives an overview of who cycles and who does not. It also shows how the cycling in the region has developed since 2007 in the central municipalities, the suburbs and the rural municipalities. The survey also provides new knowledge about the impact of cycling on health, climate, pollution and congestion.

Cycling reduces congestion

Every day, commuters using cars in the capital region spend over 130,000 hours queueing. The social economic value of people’s late hours is the equivalent of approx. 8.5 billion DKK a year and the loss of hours is the equivalent of around 22,000 full-time positions. This is in spite of the fact that 13 percent of transportation to and from work and schools were by bike in 2016.

The calculations behind the survey show that if the cyclists chose another means of transport for their journey, commuters would drive 124,000 more car trips daily during rush hour. This is a rise of 30 percent.

Cycling improves health in the Capital Region of Denmark

As a cyclist you save 1 sick day on average every time you cycle 1,200 kilometres. In 2016, the citizens of The Capital Region of Denmark cycled around 3.6 million km per 24 hours on average and thereby saved over 1 million sick days.

When people are ill less often, society saves on healthcare costs and tax income is higher because people work more. We have calculated that the overall health savings as a result of cycling in The Capital Region of Denmark are 1.6 billion DKK per year. Previous analyses by Incentive for the Secretariat for Super Bicycle Lanes show that around 60% of health savings go to the state, while 40% goes to the municipalities.

Did you know

… that the most satisfied cyclists live in The Capital Region of Denmark? According to The National Cyclist Survey, no other of the four Danish regions have citizens who are as satisfied. And even the citizens in the rural municipalities in the Capital Region of Denmark are as satisfied as the average cyclist nationwide.

… that the citizens in The Capital Region of Denmark cycle 2.3 km/day more that the citizens in any other region in Denmark? Of course the central municipalities pull up the average, but in the suburbs, too, they cycle more than in the rest of the country.

… that 51% of the commuters choose the bike for trips under 10 kilometres in The Capital Region of Denmark? And all of 58% go by bike when the trip is under 5 km.

… that the citizens in the central municipalities on average cycle 3.3 km/day while the citizens in the rural communities on average cycle 1.1 kilometres per day? An analysis from The Capital Region of Denmark from 2015 shows that the main difference is in car ownership, congestion and distances to work. Overall those three points explain more than half the overall difference between city and countryside.

 

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