10 Facts About Cycling in Copenhagen

Photo of a person cycling in Copenhagen

Recently, I started cycling regularly in Copenhagen. And even though I’m sure 90% of the city wanted to drop kick me for my lack of common sense in the first week, things have been pretty enjoyable so far.

Cycling in Copenhagen is a breeze, and that’s not just because of the fresh wind that will slap you in the face for most of the year. The Danish capital is a regular name near the top of cycling-friendly city leaderboards, alongside other usual suspects like Amsterdam. 

The list of benefits for making cities more accommodating for cyclists is long. Cleaner air, a healthier population, and fewer grown men in lycra treating their morning commute like the Tour de France to name three. 

Anyway. Here are 10 facts and statistics highlighting how important cycling is to Copenhagen, and why getting around on 2 wheels is such a joy. 

Copenhagen is home to five times as many bikes as cars. 

In the Copenhagen proper, there are 675,000 bikes. That’s more than the number of people living in the municipality (around 632,400). In comparison, there are just 120,000 cars.

For every 1,200 kilometres cycled in the Capital Region, one less sick day is reported. 

That’s according to the Cycling Embassy of Denmark. Annually, Copenhagen’s cycling infrastructure saves the Capital Region around €215 million in additional expenses. 

The City of Copenhagen has over 400km of bicycle paths. 

For a little context, just 338.4km separates Denmark’s largest city from Hamburg. Oh, and by the way, there’s a cycling route from Copenhagen to Berlin. 

In the municipality of Frederiksberg, people are responsible for 38% of high street shop turnover. 

Also from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark. Good for the lungs and the local economy. 

The most-frequented cycling path in the world is located right here in Copenhagen. 

Nørrebrogade’s cycling path is, according to statistics cited by German ridesharing service MOIA, used by up to 44,000 people each day. 

Copenhagen was officially named the best city in the world for cycling last year. 

Scandinavia’s third-largest city topped the 2019 Copenhagenize Index with a score of 90.2%, narrowly beating Amsterdam and Utrecht from the Netherlands. Belgium’s Antwerp finished in 4th place, with Strasbourg completing the top 5. 

97% of Copenhageners are satisfied with cycling conditions in the city. 

And around 35% of people who live in the suburbs, but work in the centre, commute by bike. 

Collectively, cyclists in Copenhagen ride 4.9 million km between serious accidents. 

The World Economic Forum has reported that while total km cycled in Copenhagen doubled between 1995 and 2016, serious injuries and deaths from related accidents showed a downward trend. Cyclists’ sense of safety has also risen, with the municipality hoping this will reach 90% by 2025. 

Well over half of all daily commutes in Copenhagen are made by bike. 

62% of people living, working and studying in the capital use their 2-wheeled stallion to get around each day. 

Cycling accounts for 29% of all journeys across the city. 

The number of people crossing the city by bike first exceeded those doing likewise by car in 2018. Thanks 150% Danish car registration tax, very cool. 

Have you tried cycling in Copenhagen? What were your experiences and did you like/dislike it? 🇩🇰

Published by Danny Maiorca

Danny is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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