Finally, some good news. Denmark’s capital has always had a reputation for being cycling mad, and now Copenhagen is upping its green credentials with the number of bikes in the city overtaking the number of cars.
In 2009 Copenhagen installed an electric bicycle counter which tallies up the number using a sensor line on the bike lane, which then sends back information to the City of Copenhagen’s Centre for Traffic.
So – drum roll please – here is the current tally. There are 263,700 bikes in the city, compared with 252,600 cars.
It seems as though the city’s efforts to encourage cycling have paid off: they’ve invested €134 million into infrastructure, facilities and bicycle bridges.
As bad as 2016 has been, take comfort in that planet earth 2 gets more young viewers than X factor and bikes outnumber cars in Copenhagen— Daniel Solomon (@th1sisnotanexit) December 1, 2016
In honour of this milestone, feast your eyes on these pictures of bikes around the city.
Good exercise and good for the environment? We can get on board with that.