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Copenhagen's Newest Bike Lane Totally Rules


Green Lifestyle  (tags: eco-friendly, CO2emissions, green, greenliving, bicycle, cycling, Denmark, Copenhagen, sustainable, Sustainabililty, environment )

Michael
- 48 days ago - grist.org
In Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber people and nearly 40 percent of residents cycle to work, bike-friendly infrastructure is key.



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Michael O. (173)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 8:04 pm
By Madeleine Thomas

But, even though more than 200 miles of bike lanes wind throughout Copenhagen, congestion is a common issue. The city is home to the world’s busiest bike lane, on which up to 40,000 cyclists travel daily.

The Cykelslangen (soo-cool-klag-en), or Cycle Snake, the city’s newest elevated skyway designed exclusively for cyclists, should help keep bike traffic moving smoothly, Wired reports:

“Underneath, there’s a harbor front, so there are slow moving-pedestrians,” says Mikael Colville-Anderson, CEO of Copanhagenize, a Danish design company. “It wasn’t a smooth commute for the cyclists. The people on bikes want to get home and the pedestrians want to saunter.” Pedestrian-cyclist conflict was never an issue, but cyclists couldn’t pedal at a constant speed, and they had to deal with stairways. The new roadway, which runs one story above the ground, lets them move without interruption. At just over 13 feet wide, there’s plenty of room to pass even a double-wide cargo bike.

At roughly 700 feet long, it will only take most cyclists less than a minute to traverse the Cykelslangen, but props to Copenhagen for building another bike path that’s practical and beautiful to boot.
 

Lone F. (32)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 8:43 pm
Noted - Denmark has always been a forerunner what bicycle lanes are concerned. Thanks Michael!
 

Natasha Salgado (531)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 1:01 am
I'm jealous--that's a beauty! Thx Michael
 

Tom Tree (254)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 9:42 am
Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber people and GIRAFFES !!
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 9:54 am
Very nice. Thank you Michael.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 10:55 am
This Country, overall, is so much more ahead on many environmental issues. If our leadership wasn't so beholden to Big Oil we could and should be doing things like this as well. I grant you Tom Tree, they scored poorly when it came to the treatment of the giraffes.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 3:44 pm
Noted.Very interesting.
 

Sascha Harper (298)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 4:44 pm
Noted too... I wish they would do that here (the Netherlands) also
 

Anne F. (17)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 5:43 pm
Beautiful. I'm proud of our path that winds by the woods instead of along the highway. Hope there is a bit of good road near where you are.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 8:34 pm
Really neat. Hope it spreads all around. Thanks Michael
 

Monica D. (580)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 8:45 pm
Very good. There is a new cycleway nearing completion in my city also, Auckland.
 

Carol P. (45)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 10:04 pm
I love the idea of bike lanes being separated from regular traffic because, where I live, they really clash and though I love the idea of more cyclists, they can't seem to obey traffic signs or lights, and cars can't seem to respect bike lanes or understand that cyclists have rights on roadways as well.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Friday August 15, 2014, 5:18 am
Noted. Very interesting.
Thanks Michael.
 

C Wallis Davenport (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:08 am
Cool!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:39 am
Great.
 

Birgit W. (145)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:37 pm
Wonderful, but how can bicycles outnumber people?
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:32 pm
So cool!!!
 

Derya N. (8)
Monday August 18, 2014, 7:37 am
Nice!
 
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