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Danish Cycle Super Highways

2012.07.31

Sally McGrane from the New York Times visited Copenhagen to learn more about the Danish Cycle Super Highway project. A 18 kilometers long cycle highway from Albertslund, a western suburb, to Copenhagen, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle.

Danish cyclist in Copenhagen

A Cycle Super Highway is a cycle highway, where the commuters’ needs have been given the highest priority. The highway connects areas with many workers and students to their home, and to public transport possibilities as well. The highways are as direct as possible with only few stops which allows for a high average speed. A good example of how this is achieved is by the use of green waves. Traffic lights are normally coordinated in favour of cars, but the aim for the Cycle Super Highways, is for traffic lights to be adjusted for cyclists along the many main traffic arteries. At an average speed of 20km/h, cyclists will be able to surf a wave of green lights through the city without putting a foot down.

Green transportation benefits environment and public health

The aim is to create a competitive transportation alternative to cars and public transport which, in the end, should result in the region getting more bike commuters. It is beneficial both for the individual and for society as a whole, because cyclists pollute less, are less noisy, do not waste time in traffic jams, and are healthier. In short, the aim is to future-proof infrastructure in the region. Danish statistics show that every 10 km biked instead of driven saves 1,5 kg of carbon dioxide emissions and 9 cents in health care costs. Click to read the entire NY Times article or learn more about Cycle Super Highways.

Energy agreement assures great framework conditions for cleantech businesses

Earlier this year, the Danish government committed to a historically ambitious energy agreement with the overall goal of becoming entirely free of fossil fuels by 2050. The broad political agreement removes uncertainties for investors by ensuring that energy policy will continue detached from changes in the governing majorities. The political unrivalled support to renewable sources and energy efficiency and the country´s position as a global leading clean energy cluster make Denmark an ideal location to set up activities in this field. Foreign cleantech companies that recently invested in Denmark include Suzlon Energy, Titan Wind Energy and Better Place. Click to read more about the Danish cleantech industry and doing business in Denmark. 

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