by Hans Pul
Copenhagen is well-known as a bicycle-friendly city internationally. The city is known for the high share of cycling in commuter traffic (36%), its wide cycling lanes (in Copenhagen 2,5-2,8 metre wide cycling lanes are the new standard, in order to fit 3 cyclists next to each other), as well as for its bicycle friendly public transport. Cycling seems to help establish Copenhagen as a green and friendly place. Copenhagen has become a reference city for policy makers and urban planners. Photos of Copenhagen city scenes appear in planning documents of local governments around the world.
Cycling in Copenhagen has gained new interest in blogosphere and media. The city of Copenhagen gains a lot of exposure with its cycling infrastructure and cycling culture, especially internationally. Recently, for example, Al Jazeera dedicated a 5-minute documentary to cycling in Copenhagen. The video ‘Cycle city’ gives an overview of cycling as an urban transport mode (see video after the break).