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City of Cyclists

  • Dronning Louises Bridge is used by 48,400 cyclists on an average weekday
  • In 2016, more bicycles than cars were counted crossing the city center
  • 2 out of 5 trips to work or study in Copenhagen are done by bicycle
  • 1.62 DKK is the socioeconomic benefit of an extra km by bike in Copenhagen’s rush hour
  • 3 out of 4 cyclists in Copenhagen feel safe in traffic
  • 60-70 international delegations visit Copenhagen every year to study best practice bicycle planning
  • Copenhagen has over 375 km of separated bicycle tracks
  • 26 % of households with two or more children own a cargo bicycle or trailer
  • 100 million DKK is invested on average every year by the City of Copenhagen to improve cycling facilities
  • Copenhageners own 1.2 bicycles per citizen and have over 5 times as many bicycles as cars
In Copenhagen, cycling represents a serious means of transport. Bikes are used by everyone for everything.

Getting to work or school, delivering goods, bringing children to kindergarten, or for the joy of experiencing the city on a sunny Sunday. Even many car owners use their bicycles as part of their daily transportation, and public transport users bring their bikes on the train – for free.

Most Copenhageners choose the bicycle because it’s the easiest and fastest way to get around in Copenhagen. This is the result of many years of political and administrational focus on improving the conditions for cycling in Copenhagen. A crucial element is the comprehensive network of dedicated bicycle infrastructure with separated tracks and safe intersection design.

The City of Copenhagen prioritizes a data-driven and holistic approach, where traffic development and user needs are documented and monitored continually. Thus, cycling is treated as an integrated system where both infrastructure, maintenance, policy and user interaction are keys to success. 


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