After an internship with Gehl Architects, two students from the University of Washington in the U.S. have produced a handbook on strategies for making better urban spaces for citizens of all ages based on their experiences with the Gehl approach and the Danish bicycle culture.
Jakob Schiøtt Stenbæk Madsen
Political consultant at Danish Cyclists' Federation
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The City of Copenhagen will be hosting the UCI Road World Championships September 19 – 25, 2011 and the city plans to celebrate this with a Bicycle Festival that offers exciting and fun activities and events for people of all ages.
As part of the bikeability research project the University of Copenhagen conducted a street survey of bicyclist’s preferences and behavior. The video summaries the project and the street survey, and offers a good visual impression of the intensity in the Copenhagen bicycle culture.
During the past year 11 Nordic municipalities (Frederikshavn, Viborg, Silkeborg and Randers from Denmark, Kristiansand and Sandefjord from Norway and Varberg, Mölndal, Svenljunga, Mariestad and Tranemo from Sweden) have worked together to increase the modal split of cycling. The goal is to reduce the number of short car trips and thus reduce CO2 emissions from transportation and secure a healthier lifestyle among the citizens.
Andreas Røhl lays forward the Copenhagen challenges and highlight some of the carrots, sticks and tambourines that the city of Copenhagen takes into use when pursuing the goal of gaining market shares in favour of cycling. Watch the presentation from last years Velo-City Global conference in Copenhagen
Odense is Denmark’s third largest city with 185 000 inhabitants. During the time of 1999 and 2002 it was the official National Cycle City of Denmark. In these four years the Ministry of Transport and the National Road Directorate financed engineering and infrastructural measures combined with publicity or motivational campaign and practical offers to promote active modes of transport.
Bicyclists represent a different and somewhat rapid form of foot traffic, but in terms of sensory experiences, life and movement, they are part of the rest of city life. Naturally, bicyclists are welcome in support of the goal to promote lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities. The following is about planning good cities for bicyclists, and is handled relatively narrowly and in direct relation to a discussion on the human dimension in city planning.