5 Keys To The Perfect Cycling City

5 Keys To The Perfect Cycling City


(smooth jazz music) – [Narrator] The Danish
capital of Copenhagen is widely regarded as the
best city in the world for getting around by bike. 63% of its citizens use pedal power to get to work or school. But why is cycling so popular here? And what can other cities
learn from Copenhagen? Coming up are five reasons that make this city a cycling utopia. (smooth jazz music) Build it and they will come. No, this doesn’t just apply
to baseball playing ghosts. This is also true when it
comes to developing a city that’s attractive to cyclists. Bike lanes are just the start of it. When you look at the likes of
Copenhagen, it’s structured so that cycling is clearly
the easiest way to get around. Of course, infrastructure takes money, as well as long-term plan. Although it certainly isn’t cheap, the city’s municipal council thinks it’s worth it in the long run. They estimate that every
kilometer cycled in the city has a net gain to society of
just over one Danish krone. That’s quite substantial
when you consider cyclists in Copenhagen rack up over
1.2 million kilometers every single day. When you look a little
closer at the cyclists on the streets of Copenhagen,
you realise that it’s not just standard town bikes rolling by. In fact, utility bikes serve a number of functions in the city. Postal workers, street sweepers,
police, and taxi drivers all use customised bikes
to get their work done. And cycling is used as a mode
of transport 365 days a year. Snow rarely stops the hardy Copenhagen biker from getting around. A reliable and affordable
bike share system is a great way for casual riders
and tourists to get around. In fact, because there
are so many people already riding bikes in Copenhagen,
the Bycyklen e-bike scheme is perhaps not as popular among citizens as you might expect. With that said, though,
nearly one million trips were made using the service in 2016. Bikes can take you a long
way, but especially for people commuting in from outside city borders, cycling often has to be combined with other modes of transport
to complete the journey. Fortunately, Copenhagen
has got things covered. Up to 46 bicycles can be
loaded onto their S-trains, free of charge, while
bikes can also be admitted on buses and ferries. How easy is it to get
around by bike in your city? And what can be done to
get more people on bikes? Let us know your thoughts in
the comment section down below. As always, we’d love it if
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see new videos from us, and it’s completely free. For more videos, why not check out the Top 10 Most Cycling Friendly Cities? We’ve also got a guide to
riding in the city, right here.