Streetfilms: 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.

  • Shemp

    Portland OR also has a green wave timed to cycling speeds downtown

  • I Want Bike Counters

    Let’s get some of those fancy Bike Counters on the West Side Greenway, Bergen Street and ALL the bridges!

  • Mikael Colville-Andersen speaks!! (never heard him actually talk in a video before)

    Best quote of video (month, year, etc), “get everybody and their dog to do it.”

  • What a beautiful city! I wish I could’ve been there for the Climate Summit.

    Bicycle use will evolve. Eventually we, here in the US, will find more ways to integrate safe cycling. Motorists will become accustomed to sharing the road bicycles. We just have to keep moving forward.

  • Geck

    Cargo bike parking, green wave, and LEDs to avoid right turn conflict. Great stuff.

  • So, is Mikael American-raised or does he just have a well-honed accent?

  • I love the bike counter. Great for stats collecting, and I think it would also be fun and encouraging for riders to see how many fellow cyclists have passed through major intersections or over bridges on the commute every morning.

  • benbo

    I like this video. The pink car holding the cargo bikes is too cute.

  • I believe Mikael lived in Canada for an extended period of time during his youth, possibly Calgary.

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