While the competition between Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Utrecht at the top of the Index remains fierce, it is clear the Danish capital continues to further develop itself as a bicycle-friendly city.
In short, few places in the world prioritise bike-friendly innovation as much as Copenhagen does, where the city has invested 150 million US dollars in cycling infrastructure and facilities over the past decade,
“There are a whopping 16 new bridges for bicycles (and pedestrians) built or under construction. Eight of those have opened since the 2015 index, and four more are financed or under construction. Seriously. These are BRIDGES. For BICYCLES. Copenhagen is slapping them up like they are flower pots. Filling in all the missing mobility links for bicycle transport,” writes Copenhagenize.
Since 2015 alone, Copenhagen has:
• Completed Havneringen (the Harbour Ring) bicycle route allowing citizens to cycle along the whole inner harbour.
• Piloted a new traffic light system that detects and prioritises cyclists.
• Launched digital traffic congestion signs to improve flow through the city.
• Opened new bicycle superhighway routes.
Today, 62 percent of locals ride a bike daily to work or education in the city while just nine percent drive.
The Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index 2017 has ranked 136 global cities and identified the top 20 using 14 parameters. This is the fourth bi-annual Bicycle Friendly Cities Index.