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Copenhagen---ˇ°Bicycle Prosperityˇ± in old city reconstruction
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ˇ°Bicycle Prosperityˇ± in old city reconstruction
Copenhagen is one of the cleanest and most livable cities in the world with over 600,000 cyclists amongst its 1.7 million citizens. It has over 410 kilometers of bike paths. In fact, if the kilometers traveled by bike in Copenhagen were replaced by cars, at least 100,000 tones of extra CO2 would be released annually. With the support of more than half its citizens, the Mayor announced the permanent closing of Narrebrogade Street to cars, now only cyclists and pedestrians are allowed to use it.

During the Energy Crisis of the 1970s, Copenhagen chose to develop its bicycle transportation. Below are some of the results of ttheir decisions to make bikes a priority.
At present, 37% of citizens are cyclists, and it is estimated that by 2015, 50% of Copenhagen citizens will be bike commuters.
Priority given to bicycles can be seen during the design stage of all infrastructure.
The ˇ°Green Waveˇ± Project: Cyclists can ride at an average speed of 20.3km/h during peak hours, passing through green lights all along the way thanks to bike-friendly signal timing.
Dedicated space for bike parking on trains, with specially-designed hooks for rented bicycles. Most hotels rent bikes.
Traffic signals give priority to cyclists.

Hangzhou Network - City Express
November 26, 2009
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