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Copenhagen - the world’s most bike-friendly city

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Copenhagen holds onto first place in the Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index 2017 due to massive investment in cycling as transport. A whopping 62 per cent of residents ride a bike daily to work or education in the city – just nine per cent drive.

While the competition between Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Utrecht at the top of the Index remains fierce, it is clear the Danish capital continues to further develop itself as a bicycle-friendly city.

In short, few places in the world prioritise bike-friendly innovation as much as Copenhagen does, with the city council support to back it up. http://www.copcap.com/newslist/2017/copenhagen-is-the-most-bike-friendly-city-in-the-world
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There are 675,000 bicycles and just 120,000 cars in Copenhagen, meaning bikes outnumber cars by more than five-to-one. So it’s perhaps not so surprising that in 2016 more bikes crossed the city than cars for the first time since records began in 1970 – a real milestone
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Should this become the norm in major cities in order to decrease traffic?
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E-bikes will usher in this ideology in the next few years. Pedal assist bikes are a necessity in a country where urban planning has been moulded around stretching out further and further... we know it as urban sprawl.

How we have been convinced that a 2 tonne box of steel and plastic was an efficient way of moving 85kg of human around is more astounding the older I get.
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We visited earlier this year and exploring on our bikes was a fantastic way to discover the city. So easy to get around even as tourists and no fussing with trying to figure out the public transport/ticket system. Covered so much more ground too! Bicycle paths are really a great option for city infrastructure and public health!
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Oddly enough Copenhagen may be great for bikes but somehow pedestrians are the lowest of the low, cyclists are rude, dismissive and aggressive towards those on foot around the city - and think nothing of piling cycles on the footpath and then abusing you for stepping onto"their" road to get past the casually discarded bikes.
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I’ve just come back from a cycling holiday in Victoria and it’s such a good activity for general health. So don’t forget the health dividend cycling provides to community wellbeing and government health budget.
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It’s a great place for cyclists but as a pedestrian it’s hard to get around ,dodging cyclists is an art form you learn early there!!!
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We need to learn from this! Build bridges etc to assist. Not keeping ideas on the back burner for the next government.
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It's great that they have extensive bike networks. Cars and bikes sharing roads creates problems
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Well sadly the fact is in Australia, none of our cities are bicycle friendly and anybody who rides on a public road here takes their life in their hands. The statistics in Queensland show that clearly. Bicycle and pedestrian paths here are also crowded so that if you are a pedestrian you also take your life in your hands walking along them. Kamikaze cyclists scream past at 40 km an hour without even bothering to use their bell or adhere to the slow down signs.
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That would be a good first step to making the bike paths a viable commuter alternative.
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Bikes have priority in Amsterdam.
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One major hurdle to the development of bicycle-only infrastructure in the US is the general public's perception of bicycles as toys. The article attached to the question notes that approximately 50% of the Copenhagen-area residents already make most short trips by bicycle. That culture already has the idea of bicycles as useful alternatives to automobiles.
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