How do people get to work in Copenhagen?
5% walk, 23% arrive in a car, 27% use public transport, 45% bicycle
Why is the percentage cycling so high? Because using a car is simply
a pain in the backside. Copenhagen has just overtaken Amsterdam as the
number one cycling city in the world (Copenhagenize.eu). How come?
Copenhagen is building a massive extension to the underground (Metro)
which includes the construction of 17 new stations. At ground level it
is causing a major disruption to traffic flows, (but not to the progress
of bicycles). There has been a serious and noticeable modal shift from car
to bike since the work started (36% - 45% of the number of people arriving
at work or education, together with a drop (27% - 23%) of people using cars.
The average bicycle journey rose from 2 miles to just over 20.5 miles,
(in Ipswich virtually every house inside the Borough Boundary is within
20.5 miles of the town centre). What's more, as far as Copenhagen goes,
this rise in the use of bicycles is almost all new. Since 1990 the number
of journeys by bicycle has risen by 70%, and the number of car commutes
has fallen from 350,000 to 250,000 (the latter figure is close to the
target the city set itself, the number of cars that could comfortably be
accommodated on the existing road infrastructure).
Importantly the figures quoted above include all arrivals at a place of
employment or education, including people who have travelled in from the
surrounding districts. If we only count the number who started their
journey inside the city boundary the numbers change dramatically: 63%
cycle and only 10% use their car.