Why do people in Denmark love cycling

7 facts about cycling in Copenhagen

We also took a look at the most remarkable feature of Copenhagen's transport system.

The traffic turnaround can have so many faces, be it people sharing their journey or an exemplary public transport system. Copenhagen shows us a particularly sporty and environmentally friendly face of the traffic turnaround in the form of an excellent infrastructure for cyclists. Where in Germany you still flee on bad bike paths or downright dead ends for cyclists, the Danish capital literally offers highways for the hard-working bikers.

And the good conditions that are created for bicycle traffic are paying off. Seven astonishing facts show that Copenhagen is one step ahead of the rest of the world as a cycling city.


1. Almost 50% of all Copenhageners cycle to their job or training

In words: half of all working people in Copenhagen cycle to work! In Germany, the national average is just nine percent. By the way, 30 percent of Copenhageners use public transport to get to work and only 24 percent drive to work by car.

For comparison: based on the number of people in employment in Hamburg, that would be around 500,000 people who cycle in the mornings and evenings every day. Even if Hamburg's infrastructure for bicycles is not bad in a German comparison, this mass of cycling would probably overwhelm the bike paths at the moment.


2. 35% of all who work in Copenhagen but live in suburbs or neighboring cities commute to work by bike

The most common excuse of single drivers commuting to work by car is that they are at least from the suburbs and have a long commute. A Copenhagener might not even understand where the causal connection is. Because more than half of the daily cyclists in Copenhagen are commuters from the suburbs.


3. 25% of all families with two children have a cargo bike that they use to drive their children to kindergarten, go shopping, etc.

Anyone who has ever been to Copenhagen knows that cargo bikes shape the cityscape of the Danish metropolis. However, the transport bikes are rarely seen here. As soon as they go shopping or the children have to be taken to school or kindergarten, Germans prefer to get in the car.


4. In total, the Copenhageners drive 1.4M dailymillions of kilometers by bike.

Getting around on two wheels is a given in Copenhagen. And that is no accident. The infrastructure for bicycle traffic is exemplary. There are almost 400 kilometers of cycle paths, most of which are separated from the street and sidewalk by curbs. Half of all cyclists in Copenhagen pedal because they think the fastest way to get from A to B is by bike.


5. There are more bikes than people in central Copenhagen.

That doesn't sound advantageous at first. After all, the point of the traffic turnaround is to give the city back to the people and not to the bikes. But compared to Germany, this value is almost negligible. As far as space is wasted by means of transport, we have to contend with completely different dimensions: In Germany there are around 3435 car seats for every 1,000 inhabitants!


6. The world's busiest cycle path is in the Danish capital

Up to 40,000 cyclists ride the cycle path on Nørrebrogade every day - a world record! The city knows its way around records. As early as 2007, Copenhagen was the first metropolis to be awarded the UCI Bike City Label by the umbrella organization of national cycling associations. The Danes are well on their way to achieving yet another goal they have set themselves: Copenhagen aims to be the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.


7. Bicycle superhighways and bicycle bridges for more comfort and safety

The infrastructure in Copenhagen is tailored to the needs of cyclists. Many cycle paths are continuously being expanded to three lanes so that several cyclists can ride side by side or overtake. The city is also planning to increasingly match green waves to the speeds of cyclists in order to increase them for commuters. At the main traffic points, the bicycle lanes are even marked in bright blue. Dangerous intersections are equipped with flashing LED lights that light up as soon as a cyclist approaches.