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Mobility in Copenhagen

  • Cyclists and bus at Dronning Louises Bridge
  • Christianshavns Torv
  • Metro and S-train at Flintholm Station
  • Metro in Copenhagen
  • Kompagnistræde - Pedestrian Street
  • Metro next to DR Byen (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)
Copenhagen prioritises mobility, and has a target that 75% of all movement will be on foot, by bike or by public transport.

More bikes and public transport – fewer cars

One of the main goals in the development plan for the city is that no more than one third of trips with start and/or stop in Copenhagen should be by car, with bikes and public transport accounting for the rest. Including pedestrians, the target is for 75% of all trips to be on foot, by bike or by public transport (see the CPH 2025 Climate Plan). If the city is to meet this target, any growth in traffic must consist of pedestrians, public-transport users and cyclists. To facilitate this, the City of Copenhagen is putting considerable effort into providing an integrated, efficient and green transport network. 

A higher proportion of cyclists, public transport users and pedestrians will leave more space on the roads for commercial traffic and people for whom a car is a necessity of day-to-day life.

In recent years, the population of the Copenhagen and the figures for car ownership have risen, but without a corresponding increase in road traffic. As a result, the city is on its way to achieving its target. We will continue our efforts to provide the public transport infrastructure and attractive bike network needed to meet the needs of a growing population.

Metro expansion

The new Metro line, the Metro City Circle, will open in 2019, and more than 100,000 extra passengers are expected to use public transport in Copenhagen every day.

By the time the new line opens, the Bynet 2019 project will have adapted the bus network as part of a new, more closely integrated transport system.  Another element of this work is the ongoing efforts to integrate bikes into the public transport system, e.g. via the City Bikes scheme, bicycle parking at stations and bike racks on trains.

Better flow

Maintaining good traffic flow in the city involves both optimising the traffic system and aligning it with users’ expectations. The City of Copenhagen is working closely with traffic management experts on this, and has adopted service targets for cyclists, pedestrians, buses and cars. The targets will help make it clear which target group is prioritised on which routes.

Construction projects are part and parcel of life in a growing city. Projects that have an impact on the road network must be co-ordinated to keep traffic – bicycles, buses and cars – flowing as smoothly as possible.