Copenhagen opens second cycle superhighway

A second superhighway for bikes has opened in Copenhagen, from Farum about 20 kms to the northwest of the city centre.

It is part of a scheme for 28 super highways for bicycles, which the city hopes will increase bike traffic throughout the city by 10 per cent. The target is to have 50 per cent of Copenhagen’s commuters travelling to work and school by bike by 2015.

The super highways will add about 300 kms to the existing network, connecting with and upgrading old cycle paths throughout the city. They will be provided with service stations and enough space for fast bikers to overtake as well as protected crossings with intersecting streets.

They are designed for long distances (over 15 kms) and most of them will connect the suburbs with the city centre. However one will run from Østerbro through Frederiksberg to Amager.

The first bicycle superhighway opened in April 2012 connecting Albertslund a suburb in the west to the centre of the city.