When cities are made bicycle friendly with protected lanes, bikeshare systems, and lots of bike parking, many people will ride. Proof is all over the world, including a number of Amerian cities such as New York, DC, San Francisco, etc.
In the same amount of space, Copenhagen bikeways carry 7 times more people per hour than LA Freeways!
1 lane of pavement
Bikeway (same width as one lane)
400 people per hour
3,000 people per hour
(at 8 miles per hour)
(at 10 miles per hour)
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COPENHAGEN WELCOMES BICYCLES...
FIRST STEP - REMOVE THE CARS, PEDESTRIANIZE THE CENTER...
Everyone in Copenhagen, 75% of the population cycles year round. This includes for practical reasons, for sport, for fun, casually, everything. That is 3 out of every 4 people.
This is why so many bike in Copenhagen: There are 650,000 bikes, 48,000 bike racks and 429 kilometres of cycling path, just in the municipality (Copenhagen proper).
Cycling is so prevalent in the population that:
55% of the (applicable) citizens cycle to work or school. For the record, that means there are more people cycling to work/school in JUST Copenhagen than there are people doing that in the entire USA. This one city has more bicycle commuters than a country with a population 160 times bigger.
36% of all trips to work or school are taken on a bicycle. Out of all the times people in Copenhagen have gone to school or gone to work, 36% of those times, they did so on a bike.
58% of school-aged children cycle to school, meaning that cycling, which is already a huge part of Copenhagen’s society, is going to continue to grow as cycling becomes a part of people’s lives from a very early age.
63% of the members of Parliament cycle to their job daily.
Cycling is the ideal form of local transport and people respond when invited to ride with great facilities!