City of Cyclists

Mobility & Transport Cities & Regions

World's most bike-friendly city

Project Facts


Project Volume
50-250 Mio. EUR

Applied Financing Solutions

Project Dates
Start: 2009
In operation since/from: 2009

The Story

Copenhageners cycle an estimated 1.44 million kilometers daily. 49% of all trips to work or school in Copenhagen are by bike, up from 35% just ten years ago. This recent rise in cycling over the past decade is a result of continued municipal investment. The City has pledged investments equaling more than €40 per capita in bicycle infrastructure investments. While this figure pales in comparison to public transport and private automobile infrastructure, it shows that cycling is taken seriously. And something seems to be working, 97% of Copenhageners are satisfied with the cycling conditions in the city. Of those that do cycle, three quarters continue to do so through the long, dark Danish winters.

Success Factor | Hero Moment

Creating a network of simplesafe, and connected infrastructure, the bicycle can be a competitive mode of transportation for people of all ages and abilities. Cycling infrastructure appears in four basic typologies: traffic calmed streets, painted bike lanes, separated cycle tracks, and intuitive routing bring cyclists where they need to go safely.

Source: The City of Copenhagen, VisitDenmark,

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Cycling, Municipal Initiative