Copenhagenize reports on the city’s plan to boost bicycle commuting from the suburbs. Currently 55% of Copenhagen residents ride a bike everyday. However, only* 37% of residents of Greater Copenhagen do so. The city is looking to attract people who commute 7-15km (4-9 miles) into the center of Copenhagen with a new bike superhighway system.
The routes will be developed on the existing bike lanes but they will have a number of improved features, according to the City’s vision:
- Smooth, even surfaces free of leaves, ice and snow.
- As direct as possible with no detours.
- Homogenous visual expression, for example, with signage and the trademark blue bike lanes through larger intersections.
- ‘Service stations’ with air and tools along the routes.
- Possibility to maintain a high speed and with sufficient width to overtake other cyclists.
- Safe and quick crossing priority for cyclists when they approach cross streets.
- Green Wave for cyclists through sections with frequent stop lights. [The Green Wave is in place on three main routes into Copenhagen already. Cycle 20 km/h and you hit green lights all the way.]
If one looks around our metro area, we have the beginnings of bicycle superhighway system with the East Bay Bike Path, the Blackstone, the Washington Secondary, and the Woonasquatucket. Here, our bikeways don’t all quite make there way into the center of the city. Copenhagen is a city that has a strong commitment both culturally and in its infrastructure to cycling. Our bikeways are devoted bikeways, Copenhagen’s system is being built on existing roads, the cost factor is large:
The new commuter routes are expected to cost roughly 250 million kroner [$47 million]. A [s]et of routes of similar length, isolated and away from the streets would cost between 1 and 1.5 billion kroner. [$200-280 million].
The Green Wave is currently in use in parts of the city and will be instrumental in the Superhighway system times traffic lights so that bikes moving at a constant 20km/hour (12.5mph) hit all green lights.
*Can you imagine!?