Copenhagen is Denmark's biggest city and its capital, as well as a renowned cycling city. Currently, 600,000 people live within the municipal borders, whilst 1.8m people live in the Capital Region of Denmark. Copenhagen is well-known for its high quality of life and vibrant and liveable urban environment, whilst it also excels in combining sustainable solutions with economic growth. Ambitious political goals to become the world’s best cycling city are now bearing fruit. In 2018, 49% of journeys were made by bike, with more bikes than cars counted crossing the city centre. By 2025, Copenhagen aims for cycling to have a 50% modal share for trips related to work and education and to become the world's first carbon neutral capital.
Main cycling challenges
Increasing urbanisation and population growth are putting pressure on urban spaces. With bicycle traffic rising continually, several bicycle lanes are congested during rush hour and bicycle parking is insufficient in the inner city and at many stations. Furthermore, the introduction of privately owned and free-floating vehicles like electrical scooters and speed pedelecs has disrupted traditional cycling planning and regulation. There is currently little knowledge of the potential risks and rewards linked to these new micromobility solutions.