New figures on cycling in Copenhagen break the record

| June 1, 2017

Photo: Municipality of Copenhagen

The City of Copenhagen has a long tradition of systematic data collection to document the development in cycling and identify future challenges. A new Annual Bicycle Report on Cycling was introduced last year as an addition to the biannual Bicycle Account.

The 2017 Annual Bicycle Report confirms that cycling is still the preferred mode of transport for the inhabitants of Copenhagen. 41 % of all trips to work and study to/from Copenhagen is by bike and 62 % of Copenhageners choose to bike to work and study in Copenhagen. In total, 1.4 million km is cycled in the city on an average weekday which is an increase of 22% since 2006.

In the same period, cyclists’ feeling of safety has increased by 43% while the relative risk of having a serious bicycle accident has been reduced by 23%.

Citizens’ satisfaction with various aspects of cycling in Copenhagen has also gone up so that 97 % of local cyclists claim to be satisfied or very satisfied with cycling in Copenhagen. Only satisfaction with combining bikes with trains has dropped, probably due to congested parking facilities at stations.








Copenhageners own 5.6 more bikes than cars, which corresponds to 675,000 bicycles and approx. 120,000 cars. In total, more bikes than cars were counted crossing the City centre in 2016, which is the first time since systematic countings started in 1970.








Another record holder, the busy high street Nørrebrogade, saw 48,800 cyclists on weekdays in 2016 which seems to place it as the busiest bicycle corridor in the world. The street underwent traffic calming and widening of cycle tracks and pavements in 2010-2011 and the number of cyclists has increased with 31 % since then.








Cyclist numbers have also increased significantly in nearly all of Copenhagen’s iconic bridges. In only two years from 2014-2016, the Langebro Bridge, Bryggebridge and the Cykelslangen Bridge saw increases of 21%, 65% and 80% respectively, and the new Inner Harbour Bridge had over 17,000 cyclists 3 months after the inauguration in 2016.

Increase in weekday bicycle traffic on Copenhagen bridges, 2014-2016

This was in part be due to the launch of the Harbour Circle, a 13 km bike and pedestrian route along the Inner Harbour which is promoted in a partnership with 25 local partners tourism partners. The launch was presented in 135 international TV and online media.
A part from documenting recent developments in the field of cycling, the 2017 Bicycle Report also identifies 23 new infrastructural initiatives calling for investments of app. DKK 250 million (€ 33 million) to be considered in the annual municipal budget negotiations. The initiatives range from new and wider cycle tracks in key areas of the city, better bicycle parking at major transportation hubs and intelligent traffic information and signal optimization for cyclists.

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