Bike Friendly Cities: Copenhagen

A newish video about bicycling and Copenhagen.

Published on Aug 8, 2014

Where better to start our series on Bike Friendly Cities than in Copenhagen – a city with over 215 miles of bike paths that was declared the world’s best city for cycling a few years ago?
We talked with everyone who is anyone in the world of cycling, starting with urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen, who advises cities across the planet and Morten Kabell, head of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration. We even found the beautiful lady who ferries sperm samples to fertility clinics around Copenhagen on a sperm-shaped cargo-bike.
And of course we could not leave out the friendly wizards from the bike repair shops. For a number of days we researched whether Copenhagen really is paradise on Earth for cyclists. You can find the answer in our report.
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Matty Lang

About Matty Lang

Matty Lang has been interested in land use, transportation, and cities since he fell in love with Paris, France while studying there in 1998-1999. He is a filmmaker living in Minneapolis. He loves film, bicycling, and basketball. Follow him: Vimeo | @MattyLangMSP | Facebook

2 thoughts on “Bike Friendly Cities: Copenhagen

  1. hokan

    Copenhagen and Minneapolis have about the same number of miles of bike infrastructure per capita (but Copenhagen fits those miles into a smaller and more densely populated space).

    1. Matty LangMatty Lang Post author

      I’ll take your word for that, hokan. What that translates into is that there’s bike infrastructure on every street in Copenhagen where there are cars going more than 20mph which means it’s comfortable and relatively safe to get from any origin to any destination in the city by bike. In other words there’s a complete network and the standards are much higher than those in MSP. That’s why they’ve achieved a 56% bicycle commute share in central Copenhagen.

      I’m visiting Copenhagen now and it’s amazing to experience. They haven’t done anything we couldn’t easily do in MSP. The main difference is that the network is complete, designed to higher quality standards, and is given equal or greater priority to the car network.

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