CED Member: Secretariat for Cycle Superhighways

SCS Logo_stortCmednavn_stor_2014The main purpose of the Cycle Super Highways is to create better conditions for commuter cyclists, and thus encourage more people to choose the bike over the car – also over longer distances. It provides improved health, improved urban environment and less congestion – for the benefit of all road users. Ultimately, it is both cyclists and our communities that will stand as winners.

The Cycle Superhighways aim to create a competitive transportation alternative to cars and public transportation that can help bring more bike commuters to the Capital Region of Denmark. By upgrading the routes to Cycle Superhighways, we believe that we can raise the amount of bike commuters on long distances with more than 30 percent. Added to the current amount of commuters, this leaves the total estimated potential of the routes at about 52,000 commuters per day.

We have already experienced an increase in the number of bike commuters on one of the first Cycle Superhighways, the Farum route, of 52 pct. since the opening back in 2013.

Planning across municipal boundaries
Behind the project is a unique partnership between the CapitalC728939 Region of Denmark and 23 municipalities within the region. Traffic does not respect the individual municipal boundaries. Cooperation between municipalities in the metropolitan region must then be the foundation to sustain the region’s position as a centre for the development of green growth and sustainable mobility. Efforts to promote bicycle commuting in the metropolitan region requires that cycling conditions are at the top, regardless of which municipality they cycle through on their way between work, education and home.

Together, the municipalities have developed a common conceptual strategy and plan for Cycle Superhighways, adopted by the politicians in all the municipalities. A secretariat facilitates the coordination and cooperation between the municipalities and ensure branding of the concept. And  the routes and secretariat are funded by the municipalities, The Capital Region of Denmark and the Danish Road Directorate.

So far 28 Cycle Superhighways are planned in a net of approximately 500 km. The total cost is estimated at 0,9-2,0 billion DKK.

By 2020 a total of 14 routes will be built. New routes can be planned and built as more municipalities join the partnership. For a map of the net of Cycle Superhighways go to www.supercykelstier.dk

The benefits of Cycle Superhighways
The Cycle Superhighways has the potential to be beneficial for both society and for the individual in terms of socio-economic benefits caused by increased health due to exercise by biking and thus less absence from work due to sickness among the citizens. C729120Furthermore bike commuters produce less pollution, less noise and less congestion and therefore contribute to a better city life.

A realization of the 28 Cycle Superhighways has the potential to reduce the number of sick days by 34.000 annually, reduce car rides during rush hourby 1.4 million and give an annual reduction of approximately 856 ton of CO2 and 1.828 Kilo NOx . The socio-economic return is estimated to be of 19 pct. – far above the Ministry of Finance’s requirements for a return of 5 pct. for investments in projects on infrastructure.. If achieving the potential the socio-economic surplus of the CycleSuperhighways is estimated to be 978 million Euros.

For further information see supercykelstier.dk

All photos are credited to the Cycle Superhighways.

Member of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark since 2012.