The Danish Road Directorate has just published a new comprehensive report containing facts and examples of how to facilitate projects that can improve conditions for cyclists.
Today Thursday the 28th of January 2016, Marianne Weinreich from Weinreich Mobility speaks at The Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOS) in Warsaw about sustainable mobility. The Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management has supported the preparation of energy plans for almost 800 municipalities around the country. To […]
In the 1960s, cars were threatening to displace bicycles in the main Danish cities. But the oil crisis, the environmental movement and a couple of controversial road projects reversed the trend. This is however just part of the story of why Danes still cycle so much.
A new Danish study shows that cyclists and pedestrians contribute to roughly 50 % of the revenue in retailing in the large cities’ centers and roughly 25 % in the small and medium-sized cities. The bicycle is the preferred means of transportation in city centers, and cyclists visit more shops per trip than car drivers.
In the Municipality of Aalborg, cycling police officers have become a common sight in the urban landscape.
Cycle Super Highways play an essential role in making the Greater Copenhagen area the biggest cycling regions in the world. The highways are meant to encourage people to change their means of transportation from using cars to bicycles. Check out the video about the Cycle Super Highways.
How have Danish city planners managed to convince politicians to spend money on bicycle infrastructure? The answer partly lies in the way the Danes do economic analyses. After all, calculations and numbers are the politicians’ best friend.
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.
Even though the Danish Municipality of Middelfart is small (app. 36,500 inhabitants), ambitions are high. The drawing up of a cycling plan has had great results, and the municipality now invests more money in bicycling than ever before.
Or are they just waiting to get a driver’s license? How do you activate young people to get involved in cycling? The Danish Municipality of Svendborg and CED member, COWI, decided to study this question by organizing a project at Svendborg High School.
In 2009, pressed by the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, a majority in the Danish Parliament set aside one billion DKK (app. 135 million Euro) in a national Cycling Fund. Now the money has been spent on 388 cycling projects with splendid results. Yet, a new five-year Cycling Fund does not seem to be underway.
Lower speed limits mean less accidents and casualties. Still, Danish municipalities have struggled to lower speed limits to 30 and 40 km/h. But now it looks like the wind is changing. The Danish Parliament has changed their tune, and results from a pilot project support the case for lower speed limits.