• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Copenhagen rides to the top of bicycling world
Copenhagen: world's best cycling city. Photo: Copenhagnize

Copenhagen rides to the top of bicycling world

The Local · 3 Jun 2015, 09:19

Published: 03 Jun 2015 09:19 GMT+02:00

Seen through the eyes of a Copenhagener, order has been restored to the bicycling world. 
 
After coming behind Amsterdam the past two times, the Danish capital has claimed the title of the best cycling city in the world according to influential urban consulting firm Copenhagenize. 
 
Released on Tuesday, the Copenhagenize Index praised the Danish capital for being “impressively consistent in its investment in cycling as transport and in making efforts to push it to the next level”. 
 
“With regards to a uniform network of urban design for bicycles, Copenhagen is unrivalled in the world,” Copenhagenize wrote. 
 
The index pointed to the city’s remarkable increase in the percentage of cyclists in just two short years. Copenhagen’s residents went from using a bicycle for 36 percent of their travels in 2012 to 45 percent in 2014. The consulting firm, which advises cities worldwide on bicycle-friendly urban design, said that such a steep increase “has never happened anywhere. Seriously.”
 
Copenhagen rode to its top ranking not only on the strength of its residents willingness to cycle but on the city’s commitment to helping them get around easier. 
 
Three new city bridges, including the much-hyped Cykelslangen, have opened since the last index and four more are coming. The city and its surrounding municipalities have also invested in a series of ‘bicycle superhighways’ meant to make long biking commutes easier and more appealing. 
 
“You simply can't keep track of the constant flow of new bicycle urbanism stuff in Copenhagen. High points in modal share increase and a good harvest of bonus points for that, as well as infrastructure and political will pushed Copenhagen into first place. Innovation. Investment. Improvement,” the index stated. 
 
Although Copenhagen knocked its Dutch rival out of the top spot, the two cities still remain head and shoulders above the rest. 
 
“Copenhagen overtook Amsterdam for first place, but it’s still those two cities that dominate,” Copenhagenize CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen wrote. 
 
While the index was full of praise for Copenhagen, it didn’t get off without a bit of criticism. 
 
Copenhagenize has been a consistent critic of the city’s expensive, delayed and under-used bike share programme and called for officials to pull the plug. 
 
“Kill off the failed bike share programme, it's getting embarrassing. Put the money into something that actually works,” Copenhagenize wrote. 
 
Although the city has received less than a fourth of the bicycles promised by provider GoBike, a majority of By- og Pendlercykelfonden – a joint operation between the City of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Municipality and rail provider DSB – approved extending GoBike’s delivery deadline until mid-October
 
That decision was against the wishes of Copenhagen Deputy Mayor Morten Kabell, who last month said the city “mustn’t throw money after what has proven to be a questionable provider”.
 
Kabell was singled out in the Copenhagenize Index for his “clear leadership” and “clear visions”. 
 
This was the third edition of the Copenhagenize Edition. The bi-annual study looked at 122 metropolitan cities around the world and ranked them according to 13 categories including bicycle advocacy, infrastructure, modal share and the local biking culture. 
 
Europe dominated the rankings although Buenos Aires, Argentina and the US city of Minneapolis, Minnesota made their debuts in the index.
 
The top 10 cities in the 2015 Copenhagenize Index were:
 
1. Copenhagen
2. Amsterdam
Story continues below…
3. Utrecht, Netherlands
4. Strasbourg, France
5. Eindhoven, Netherlands
6. Malmö, Sweden
7. Nantes, France
8. Bordeaux, France
9. Antwerp, Belgium
10. Seville, Spain. 
 
For more on the index, click the image below.
 
 

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Denmark aims for ‘first smoke-free generation'
Photo: Kyrre Lien/Scanpix

The Danish government on Wednesday released the details of what it called a “historic" plan to combat cancer.

Denmark takes small step towards medicinal cannabis
A cannabis plant. Photo: Coleen Whitfield/Flickr

A trial programme gets the okay in southern Denmark.

Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case
Police technicians look for clues on the overpass. Photo: Kim Rune/Scanpix

Local residents and businesses have offered to put up rewards for information.

Danish MPs to visit Australia's Nauru migrant camp
Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen said she'd use the trip as a fact-finding mission on Australia's "grotesque" system. Photo: MARIE HALD/Scanpix

One lawmaker vows to "ask some of the questions that the Australian government is preventing journalists from asking."

Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Crimean officials last week in a hand-out photo from the Kremlin. Photo: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolsk/Scanpix

Danish People’s Party MP Marie Krarup is under fire for saying that the EU is “without a doubt” a bigger threat to Denmark than Russia.

Denmark to get year’s ‘last summer weather’
Time for one last trip to the beach? Photo: Thomas Rousing/Flickr

Temperatures could reach as high as 30C by week’s end in what is likely summer’s final hurrah.

Copenhagen vehicle fires continue for third night
The Copenhagen car fires have drawn comparisons to a similar spate of incidents in Malmö, pictured here. Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

For the third night in a row, Copenhagen Police reported that vehicles in the city had been torched by unknown arsonists.

Two straight nights of car fires in Copenhagen
The Copenhagen incidents come after a spate of more than 70 car fires in Malmö, as pictured here. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT/Scanpix

Has Sweden's spate of car fires now spread to Denmark?

Photo gallery
IN PICS: Record crowd shows its Pride in Copenhagen
The parade started in Frederiksberg and ended at Copenhagen's City Hall Square. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Scanpix

The biggest ever Copenhagen Pride peaked in grand style over the weekend as the annual parade worked its way through the heart of the city.

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Swimmer Pernille Blume's gold and bronze medals were two of the 15 won by Denmark. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Only four countries in the world had a better per capita medal haul than Denmark.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Sport
Denmark is Europe’s Olympic (per capita) champion
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
National
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
National
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Business & Money
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Society
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Sport
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
National
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Technology
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
National
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Sponsored Article
Malmö to host global skateboard championship
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Culture
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
National
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Danes with foreign spouses to be hit by new restriction
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
International
After Brexit, Danish PM resists calls for similar EU referendum
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
International
Why Denmark won't try to follow the UK out of the EU
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
National
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
International
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
Society
Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
National
Don't worry Denmark, the world still loves you
Culture
Danish diversity ad a massive social media hit – have you seen it?
2,206
jobs available