Copenhagen’s Climate-Friendly, Bike-Friendly Streets

Tens of thousands of people from nearly every nation on earth have
descended on Copenhagen this month for the UN climate summit. As the
delegates try to piece together a framework for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, they’re also absorbing lessons from one of the world’s
leading cities in sustainable transportation. In Copenhagen, fully 37
percent of commute trips are made by bike, and mode share among city
residents alone is even higher.

Copenhagen wasn’t always
such a bicycling haven. It took many years of investment in bike
infrastructure to reclaim streets from more polluting, less sustainable
modes. Last week, I was able to squeeze in a whirlwind tour with Mikael
Colville-Andersen, the bike culture evangelist behind Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic,
to get a taste of the city’s impressive bike network and cycling
amenities. Watch this video and see how Copenhageners flock to the
streets by bike even in December, when average temperatures hover just above freezing.

  • Can you imagine the City of Los Angeles providing incentives for cargo bike riders and not electric car owners?

    A city that looks at the most dangerous intersections for bikes and pedestrians and works hard to eliminate risks for those user groups?

    Why is this so revolutionary? This is how local government should be run. Some of the small cities in LA County get it, but LA proper is clueless when it comes to this stuff.

  • yang

    How sad. It sure would be nice to ride in Los Angeles without fearing for my life everytime. At lease it makes me feel alive everyday. I bet those people in Copenhagen can say that, they just mindlessly pedal :)

  • yang

    I meant “can’t say that” :)

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