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Bicycle culture

Copenhagen is world famous for its biking culture and now officially the first Bike City in the World. Last year, it was also voted the ‘Best city for cyclists’ and the ‘World’s most liveable city’. The Danes are well known for their love of cycling and cities all around the world are now looking at ways to copy this phenomenon. It really is biking heaven for the cyclist in Copenhagen with over 390 kilometres of designated bike lanes.

The cities of the future are people-friendly cities

The cities of the future are people-friendly cities

Many cities today are plagued by traffic congestion, and in densely populated city areas the fastest way of getting around is often on a bicycle, which is a highly efficient means of transport.
Cycle Super Highway

Cycle Super Highway

People living in Greater Copenhagen will now have an easier time cycling to work or study, thanks to the region’s new network of cycle lanes.

How Denmark became a cycling nation

How Denmark became a cycling nation

In the 1960s, cars were threatening to displace bicycles in the main Danish cities. But the oil crisis, the environmental movement and a couple of controversial road projects reversed the trend. This is however just part of the story behind why Danes still cycle so much.

cycling to kindergarten

Cycling to kindergarten

Cycling is such an ingrained part of Danish culture that we hardly think about it. Most children can cycle by the time they start school.

Danish design and innovation for cyclist

Danish design and innovation for cyclist

In Denmark different companies have specialized in innovative cycling solutions like designer bikes, cargo bikes, really smart helmets, battery-free bike lights and different cyclist service equipment for the urban space.

New York

Danish bicycle culture in New York

The Department of Transportation, New York City, found great inspiration in the streets of Copenhagen on how to make New York City more bike friendly.

Cycling in Copenhagen

Cycling in Copenhagen - The easy way

Every morning at around 7am Copenhagen comes to life. Men in business suits, women fashionably dressed in the latest styles down to their high heel shoes and parents carrying their children in a cargo bike all hop on their bikes and get off to work or school.

Copenhageners love their bikes

Copenhageners love their bikes

Young girls in stilettos on their way to a party and businessmen in suits going to work - no matter the weather and no matter where they are going - Copenhageners go by bike.

Bike city for more than a century

Copenhagen: Bike city for more than a century

The Danish cycle-culture is as old as the bicycle itself. Copenhageners have used bicycles to transport themselves to work since the 1880s. Back then, commuting by bike was the fastest, easiest and most environmentally friendly way to move around the city – and it still is.

Good, Better, Best

Good Better Best

The City of Copenhagen’s Bicycle Strategy 2011-2025 [PDF]

In Copenhagen’s new bicycle strategy you can read about the new initiatives and plans which lay down guidelines for the long term and overriding priorities within the bicycle area.

did you know

  • In Denmark there are over 10,000 km of cycle routes
  • The city-bike – Denmark's first free bicycle scheme was launched in Copenhagen in 1995
  • Today, 37 per cent of Copenhageners cycle to work and the target is 50 per cent by 2015