New 175-metre bicycle bridge arrives in Copenhagen

The ‘Little Langebro’ bicycle bridge arrived for installation in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

New 175-metre bicycle bridge arrives in Copenhagen
Photo: Kristoffer Gravgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

The bridge will complement the main Langebro bridge from 1954, one of the city’s most famous harbour crossings and immortalised by singer Kim Larsen.

Little Langebro will be place north of its larger sister bridge, connecting Vester Voldgade with Langebrogade on each side of the harbour.

The main section of the new bridge was delivered on Wednesday on a barge from Dutch city Rotterdam, TV2 reports. 

Up to 10,000 cyclists and pedestrians daily are expected to use Little Langebro. The larger Langebro currently sees 40,000 motorists, cyclists and pedestrians cross each day.

“The (new) bridge will give a better alternative to the many cyclists in Copenhagen who cycle across Langebro every day,” Peter Fangel Poulsen, project manager with Realdania By & Byg, the company behind the bridge, told TV2.

“We expect it to be well-used,” Poulsen added.

Another dedicated bridge for cyclists and pedestrians, Inderhavnsbroen, connecting Christianshavn with the popular Nyhavn area at the northern end of the harbour, was opened in 2016.

In 2014, the Cykelslangen (Bicycle Snake), a winding 230-metre bicycle bridge connecting Islands Brygge with Vesterbro via the existing Byggebro bridge, opened to the south of Langebro.

The new cycle bridge is expected to be completed this autumn. It consists of four parts, each weighing 600 tonnes, according to TV2’s report.

It will allow harbour traffic to pass by turning outwards in the middle to allow taller boats to sail through, a complex design which has added to the challenge of its construction.

Originally scheduled to be opened in 2018, the project was delayed after a crane collapsed, damaging parts of the bridge.

Realdania, a private association which supports architecture and planning, is building the bridge as a gift to the city, TV2 writes.

READ ALSO: Denmark makes bridge one metre too short

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Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

Cyclists on Copenhagen's
Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.