The World’s Most Bike-Friendly City Now Has More Bikes Than Cars!
The world’s most bike-friendly city now has more bikes than cars and this should definitely serve as an example for the entire world. This is the direction every city should be heading to, and we need local authorities to be more involved in the fight against traffic and pollution.
The TomTom Traffic Index for 2016 reported that Mexico City, Bangkok and Istanbul are some of the most congested cities in the world, and one of the first solutions proposed were to encourage cycling instead of driving cars. Not only do bikes reduce traffic, but they also help with cutting down on pollution at it improves everybody’s health.
Fighting traffic is a worldwide problem and some cities are winning the battle against cars. In 2015, Copenhagen managed to surpass Amsterdam and became the most bike-friendly city in the world.
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Since then, Copenhagen’s numbers keep improving and last year 252,600 cars and 265,700 bikes made their way into Denmark’s capital everyday. Having more bikes than cars travelling through the city is a direct results of a 1 billion Danish krone (US$ 143 million) investment which turned the city centre into a very bike-friendly place.
Local authorities started building more bike lanes and bridges to make cycling in the city as efficient and pleasant as possible. Out of Copenhagen’s residents, 56% use their bikes, 20% rely on public transport and only 14% drive on their daily commute. Cycling is by far the most preferred way of transport in Denmark’s capital and this is definitely the way of the future for every city!