08 August 2008

Bikes on Trains

One of our readers asked a very good question. How many bikes actually go on the local Copenhagen train network? A quick call to the DSB - Danske Statsbaner - and I got the answer.
Bike. Escalator. Tag.
The local trains in Copenhagen are called the S-trains. Like the red one below. They serve Copenhagen and connect the city with the distant suburbs. We're not including the stats for the Metro and we didn't bother with the stats for the Regional/National trains here - the site is Copenhagenize, not Denmarkize.
Bikes Allowed
In 2007, there were 1,845,669 bicycles transported by S-train in Copenhagen and environs.

In 2007 there were 88 million passengers on the same trains. So the cycle number is impressive, but it is only a small percentage of the total trips. That's simply because most people either ride their bikes where they need to go or they ride to their local station and park before getting on the train.

I only use the 'bike on train' option if I have to get out to the suburbs for a meeting or if our little family goes for a bike ride in a park north of Copenhagen.

Mobiky Moods


Sarah said...

It should be noted to the readers of Copenhagenize that we can only take bikes on trains and metros during certain, non-rush hour times of the day as well... Also, to bring your bike on the train you have to have a ticket for it, too. I actually don't mind paying to take my bike on the train, because it's like paying to bring your friend with you. :)

I also take my bike on the train when I go out to the suburbs to visit my family. Why walk the ten minutes from the train station to their house when you can ride?! :) If they weather is nice one of these weekends I might take it all the way up to Gilleleje and ride back. Any other good long bike day trip ideas for weekends?

Vejret er dårligt! :(

Also sad news... I am moving back to the US on September 1st and will have to sell my bike soon. I'm very sad and don't want to talk about it, but I know you and Wifealiciousness will sympathize! :(

Fritz said...

I bring my bike on Caltrain every work day. According to Caltrain, 7% of Caltrain riders bring their bikes on board (vs 1.7% for Copenhagen S Trains). Our bike cars look like this outside and like this inside. Bikes are free on Caltrain.

Total ridership on Caltrain is much lower than the S-Train -- 12 million riders over the past year vs the 88 million served in Copenhagen.

A U.S. equivalent to Copenhagen might be something like Chicago Metra (80 million passengers), which has limited bikes on board capability.

San Francisco's BART system is expected to pass 100 million passengers this year. BART also allows bikes for free with rush hour restrictions.

Zakkaliciousness said...

You're right, the metro has a restriction during rush hour. on the s-trains you are asked not to get on or off at Nørreport station during peak times [the nation's busiest station]. but you can hop off at Vesterport, only a couple of minutes away.

but as i've pointed out before, the Metro goes everywhere we can ride, so it's only a matter of convienence that you can take your bike at all other times. like home from a nightclub at 5 in the morning because you are too drunk to bike... which means you must be REALLY drunk.

and 11 kroner is nothing. a symbolic fee. even cheaper with a ten trip card.

you're right, fritz, chicago is a better comparison.

i think the point is that here the facilities are made available to you if you happen to need them. most will ride but if you need to take the train you can. like all taxis having a bike rack in the boot [trunk]. just in case.

sorry to hear you're leaving, sarah! never did catch a photo of you! :-) we do, indeed, sympathise.

Zakkaliciousness said...

addendum: about 30% use public transport here - s-trains and busses. that number is probably higher now with the metro.

summa summarum:
roughly 35% on bikes
roughly 30% on public transport
roughly 35% in cars
the rest walk.

Bekka Teerlink said...

I don't know what the % are for bikes on trains & buses in Los Angeles-- but I think it's important to allow them here (and many other US cities) because public transportation is so limited. There are rush hour limitations on the subways-- but it's free the rest of the time. Also all buses have bike racks.

I bike and take the subway every day to work. If I took public transit the entire way, it would take 2 hrs each way. If I only biked, well I'd be killed. (A good chunk of the terrain is mountainous with 1 lane curvy roads and blood thirsty drivers.)

Ah, I'm so jealous of Copenhagen. I really wish I could just move there.