How We Prioritize Our Cities

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In a market driven system, what is promoted the most effectively tends to win. The best and most powerful marketeer wins, not necessarily the best product. Certainly in terms of pure  advertising, car industry out spends all other alternatives by a factor 100 or more, even if we include public service announcements for mass transit […]

Is Copenhagen a Bike City?


Before I begin, if you don´t live in Denmark or the Netherlands, you may feel that if only your city was as welcoming to bikes. On the other hand, if you live en many Southern European cities, where the municipality has had enough reason to conclude, that cars ruin the old city center, and have […]

Why did the Congestion Commission Fail?

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Is it possible to solve a problem, if you do not care to understand the problem? No matter how you read the formal objectives of the Commission, the governing paradigm of congestion in media, and in the part of the commission, who had their way and will. The assignment was perceived to be, how to […]

Does the Police suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

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This week the police runs one of its bike campaigns, rushing to the places in the city, where most bicyclist takes a right on red or crosses 2 meters of sidewalk between two non connected bikepaths.Many bicyclist complain about fines for what they perceive to be ridiculous no-victim-offenses, and they are in most cases right. […]

The CO2ngestion Commission Failed!

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As Politiken reports today congestion will increase 50% between now and 2025, if all recommendations from the commission are followed. A meager result is putting it to lightly. The Congestion Commission was founded after the Left-center government had given up the promised a congestion ring. A few months of opposition from Industry lobby and a […]

Lord Mayor Frank Jensen’s Smoking Gun

Original picture by When new infrastructure projects are presented, they are based on a set of long term assumptions. Usually, these assumptions never reach a broader audience and they are never explained. We have read an analysis that presents a long list of assumptions about the future of traffic development in Copenhagen and we […]

Is bike share a great fit for mature bike cities ?

Last week we wrote about the demise of the Copenhagen bike share system and the fact that the City cancelled the long-awaited replacement system. Generally, we are always in agreement with Lars Barfred, our regular columnist, on almost all issues. He has, however, a different view of a bike share system for Copenhagen. We’re happy […]

Park View or Living in a Parking Lot

Do we want to live on a parking lot? Picture: Lars Barfred We have a choice. It’s an actual choice. Do we want to live by a park or by a parking lot? Judging from real estate prices, most of us prefer the first choice. We have, however, such a counterproductive urban model of society that […]

The State of Copenhagen Congestion – Part 3 – The Bright Side

In this series, I have aired a critic stance towards the local politicians, the city planners, the police and the congestion commission. I also need to pay my respects to the people who stick their neck out. Just after Part 1 of the Series was published, the mayor of the City’s DoT, Ayfer Baykal, announced that her party SF […]

The State of Copenhagen Congestion – Part 4

The Congestion Commission In Denmark, during autumn 2011, right-wing politicians and the media attacked the center-left government proposal for a congestion ring around Copenhagen. Their attack, which wasn’t much more than a bunch of media hysteria was, surprisingly, successful. Fredensgade, Picture: Transportministeriet In early 2012, the Social Democrats lost the courage to push forward with […]

The State of Copenhagen Congestion -Part 1

Previously published on  I previously and enthusiastically wrote about the Copenhagen congestion ring which most people, at the time, thought was a done deal. The plan was later scrapped but I am going to cover what really happened, before and since, and what will be the result of the government’s Congestion Commission, which has been charged […]

Fighting congestion, or maintaining high levels of car-traffic.

Denmark’s most car-congested, mixed-use road is the six lane wide Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard  *. It caters to 56,000 motor vehicles a day, which is also close to its peak capacity. It also also has 21,000 daily bicycle user. It cuts through two densely populated residential neighbourhoods, Frederiksberg and Nørrebro, and slices through the coveted […]

The State of Copenhagen Congestion – Part 2

Previously published on An unlikely authority plays an an active role in maintaining a high volume of car traffic in the city and ensures that bicycle infrastructure and facilities are not allowed to proliferate. The Police officer in the background refuses to ticket the car parked on the bike lane across the street, he […]

Copenhagen City of Bikes

Previously published on  Before I begin, if you don´t live in Denmark or the Netherlands, you may feel that if only your city was as welcoming to bikes. On the other hand, if you live en many Southern European cities, where the municipality has had enough reason to conclude, that cars ruin the old […]

Critical Mass Version 2.0

Previously published on -prior to the fall of the congestion ring Right now the Danish minister of transport is finalizing the law proposal for the Copenhagen Congestion Ring. Visualization of the congestion ring control/payment system, from the report by the Danish Road Authority (Vejdirektoratet), TRÆNGSELSAFGIFT I HOVEDSTADEN, Miljøundersøgelse At the moment the discussion between the coalition government […]