CYCLING GROWTH IN COPENHAGEN; ITS NOT HAPPENING IN COPENHAGEN

From DTU the source of the transport behaviour omnibus research (TU data), I have learned, that as trips remain stagnant. The growth is almost exclusively due to longer range, and specifically trips of 10 km+ (Up from 2 to 6% of total).

Højklasset Cykelsti Rødovre_20130715_01This means the growth does not necessarily happen in Copenhagen, as the diameter of Copenhagen is 8-14 km, the growth in biked distance may as such most likely occur outside city borders. As the query behind the news storey in Politiken was filtered on “Residence”: Copenhagen, “Destination”: open ended.

The contributing factors may therefore also be found on e-bikes, which are great for extending range, reducing pollution and congestion, but really does nothing to the individual health of the bicyclist.
The growth does also support the strategy of rolling out a network of super bike paths, a radial network of highclassed bikepaths connecting the region with the city center. The Super bike paths has been much criticized for not being that super, these results indicates, that even small positive moderations and hyping them, pays off big.

Further the query says nothing about cyclists residing outside City borders, commuting to work, education or visiting for other purposes.

All in all, the “35% growth” says nothing of total number of bicyclists, trips or milage on the Copenhagen streets and bike lanes. By itself the numbers are really positive, but they may be off set by other trends and not end up showing in the full picture.

Original news bulletin;

BREAKING NEWS RECORD JUMP IN BICYCLING IN CPH

 

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