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CPH 1:1

The CPH 1: track sessions took place in the streets of Copenhagen on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the same time as the other tracks sessions.

1 Bicycles in trains – Dybbølsbro Station and Flintholm Station

The combination of bicycle and train makes the journey more attractive for many people who would otherwise commute by car. An increase in combination travels is a win-win situation both in terms of making more people cycle and generating more train passengers. Therefore, The Danish State Railways [DSB] has several measures to encourage people to combine bicycle and train journeys.

At this stand you will get to take your conference bicycle with you on a train from Dybbølsbro Station to Flintholm Station. Upon arrival, DSB staff will be ready to explain how bicycle parking is best integrated at train stations; how space is allocated for bicycles inside the train wagons and hear the first results of a new price policy that allows bicycles in trains for free.

2 The bicycle as cargo carrier – Krusågade

Cargo bicycles are a great hit in Copenhagen and there is an estimated 15.000 cargo bicycles in the city. They can transport everything from groceries to kids and replace a car in many cases. However, the cargo bicycles require wider cycle tracks as well as special parking facilities.

At Krusågade you can see a new specially designed prototype for cargo bicycle parking and visit cargo bicycle manufacturer NIHOLA. You can meet representatives from the City of Copenhagen and Goodmorning Technology who have helped develop the cargo bicycle parking facilities.

The pink "car" on this image is actually a new type of cargo bike parking being tested out in Copenhagen.

3 Compromises in narrow streets – Istedgade and Gammel Kongevej

It is not always easy to make room for a bicycle track, and sometimes the question may be if there should be one at all. Since their birth in the late 1990’s, the bicycle tracks on the shopping street Gammel Kongevej in the City of Frederiksberg have been heavily debated because many cyclists find them too narrow. Another narrow street, Istedgade in the City of Copenhagen is equally being fiercely discussed – not having bicycle tracks for the moment.

Come and experience both of these narrow shopping streets and give your opinion on which solution works the best. Representatives from the City of Copenhagen and the City of Frederiksberg will be present to explain and discuss.

4 Cycling to school – Enghave Plads

School children who have been brought up with the bicycle as their daily means of transportation are much more likely to continue cycling later in their lives. However, safety and the feeling of security is an important factor for parents.

At this stand you will see how speed limits increase security and a special guided path in the sidewalk helps school children find the best way from school to their after-school care. Representatives from the City of Copenhagen will be on site to tell you more about their means to create safe cycling to school.

5 Integrating cycling in urban development – Ny Carlsberg Vej

Up until January 1st, 2009, the Carlsberg Breweries have been producing beer in a 33 hectares historical industrial site in central Copenhagen. When the production was moved out, the area was opened for urban development. Over the next 20 years, this new neighbourhood will be transformed into a vibrant, pulsating part of Copenhagen with a strong emphasis on social, economical and environmental sustainability.

At this post, you can meet Carlsberg’s urban planners and learn how they integrate cycling from the very beginning of the planning process of this ambitious project.

Sustainability is a key word in the regeneration of the Carlsberg area. This means that high priority is given to pedestrians and cyclists. See visualizations from the area on Photo by Troels Heien.

6 Commuter routes across municipalities – Falkoner Allé

17 municipalities and Region Hovedstaden are working together to make greater Copenhagen the world’s best cycling region, so it will be easier and faster to cycle to work. A network of bicycle routes will be outlined and a joint concept developed to ensure recognizability. As of now a pilot project has defined a route which goes through five municipalities.

At CPH 1:1, you can meet representatives from two of them, namely Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, who will tell you more about cooperating across municipal borders as well as the infrastructural challenges in this ambitious project.

7 Green cycle routes – Åbuen

In Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, a network of green paths take you away from motorized transport. The Green cycle routes came into being in the 1990’s and are aimed at commuters and recreational cyclists alike. The City of Copenhagen has just opened another section while the City of Frederiksberg has completed its part. Thus, the project has been 20 years under way – so far!

Representatives from the City of Frederiksberg will be on site at Rolighedsvej/Åbuen. Among other things you will get to experience an overbridge for cyclists and pedestrians taking you across one of the most frequented streets in Copenhagen, a result of a joint venture of the two municipalities.

8 Safe intersections – Gyldenløvesgade/Søgade

This is a large, highly frequented one-level intersection where a major radial road ends up in the city center. Problems such as congestion and a high number of accidents especially with cyclists and right turning traffic required action. Therefore, the intersection has been redesigned, resulting in a dramatic decrease of accidents.

Here, traffic safety staff from the City of Copenhagen will be ready to tell you more about their work to increase safety, and how the redesign of intersections is socio-economically rentable. You will get to see how this particular intersection has been reconstructed to improve safety, and how the team has integrated innovative solutions such as video detection of cyclists and “bicycle islands.”

9 Traffic calming pilot project – Nørrebrogade

One of the busiest streets in Copenhagen, Nørrebrogade is traveled by no less than 33.000 cyclists and 40.000 bus passengers every day. This created problems with general congestion, passengers crossing cycle tracks and long transportation time. Therefore, a large-scale pilot project aimed at traffic calming the street was realised in 2009. Since then, the number of cyclists has risen to 36.000 per day.

At this stand you will see how a re-prioritization of the street in favour of bicycles and buses has made room for 4 meter wide cycle tracks. Traffic lights have been synchronized into a “green wave” for cyclists, and a bicycle barometer counts how many cyclists pass by each day. Representatives from the City of Copenhagen will tell you more about this controversial project and what will happen when the permanent construction begins in August.

Cyclists on Nørrebrogade, Copenhagen. Photo by Troels Heien.

10 Daily Maintenance of Cycling Facilities

One thing is building cities that invite the citizens to cycle. Once the bicycle track is built, it also needs maintenance. Come and see how the maintenance staff at the City of Copenhagen take their task seriously in the ambition to make Copenhagen the world’s best city for cyclists.

See the machine that paints our bicycle lanes blue and a bicycle traffic light up close, experience the custom-made bicycle lane sweeping machine and learn how we remove snow in the winter time.

For the exact location of the posts, please see the map with the CPH 1:1 posts, either here or on the back of your pocket programme, or ask at the information desk at the entrance.

The Conference goers got the chance to study first hand how the Copenhagen cycling infrastructure is built and maintained. Photo by Troels Heien.