Bike Congestion Problems in Copenhagen

When the rest of the world is campaigning relentlessly for people to even consider using bicycles, the model city that started the movement is facing a unique problem of its own. Too many bikes during rush hour renders the activity dangerous to some.

It is astonishing that nearly 40% of people in Copenhagen cycle to work, and the number is expected to break even by 2015. But "the sheer success of the drive to get more locals and tourists on bikes is creating a dangerous, intimidating and unpleasant climate for cyclists in the city," reports Amelia Hill for The Guardian.

She adds, "Even to an untrained eye, it is immediately obvious that the city is struggling to cater for its growing number of cyclists. It is already near-impossible to find cycling parking places near main stations, while cycling lanes that seem gargantuan to British eyes – three to four meters wide compared to our 1.5 meters – are buried at certain times of day beneath the scrum of cyclists traversing the city."

Full Story: Copenhagen's novel problem: too many cyclists

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