Origins of Cycling culture in Denmark

20.12.2017

Start with main)) When buying a foreign car - the tax is 180 per cent!
Of course, there is a Danish brand of cars - Zenvo. Do you hear about it before? I also didn't hear about it)) In the fact that is this concept, which is produced in tiny batches. The rest of the cars are imported - so think for yourself, decide for yourself.

But it is not so simple, it is impossible to create a culture only by fiscal means. The history of Danish Cycling is equal in age with the invention of the bike. At the beginning of the last century, the bike was popular in the streets of Danish cities. But, gradually, the brainchild of Ford replaced the "iron horses" of the daily life of citizens.

And it would be just like every country... But, " terrible happened "-in the 70s of the last century the oil crisis simply" washed out " cars from streets, it became expensive to go on them.
There would be no happiness, Yes the misfortune has helped)) residents of the capital for a few years felt like it changed the ecology of the city. In Copenhagen started the movement "City without cars". People voted for a clean city and preferred the bike to the car.

Since then, urban municipalities have begun to provide a unique infrastructure for Cycling. Multiple digits to understand the scale of the event:
- 400 km of cycle chic cycle lanes with special traffic lights and even sensors measuring the speed in Copenhagen. Thus paths wide (on two strips at least) on both sides of the road;
- 12 thousand km of Bicycle paths throughout Denmark with a population of 5.8 million people. For comparison - all roads of Moscow is 3.6 thousand km with a population of 12.4 million people;
- switching traffic lights in cities creates a "green wave" in the city, set up on cyclists (I did not make a reservation, not on cars, but on bicycles). The cyclist at a speed of 20 km/h can easily move without traffic jams in the city centre in the hours "peak";
- trash cans on special stands along the tracks, tilted towards the cyclists-nice));
- in some parts of Copenhagen, cars are prohibited (buses and taxis only);
- 95% of Danish residents have bicycles, which means there are more than 5 million bicycles in the country! This is the same as the number of cars in Moscow (in Moscow 5,6 million registered cars)!
- 50% of people in Denmark use bicycles any time of the year (in Amsterdam about 30%);
- 65% of members of Parliament get to work by Bicycle (i.e. absolute majority).));
- 25% of Danish families who have two children have a cargo bike to take their children to kindergarten, bring food home, etc.;
- 16 km per day, on average, a Dane rides a Bicycle. Danes look really very sporty;
- by 2025, Copenhagen plans to become the first carbon-neutral capital of the world (a city with a zero carbon balance).

Agree, Copenhagen has earned the title of the first Cycling city in the world! A great deal of effort is expensive - but how far-sighted.

The publication used a photo from the site www.velonation.net