02 May 2009

Bicyclists Count in Copenhagen

Bicycle Counter With Air
The City of Copenhagen launced this bicycle counter yesterday, on May 1st, 2009, on the City Hall Square. Complete with an air pump for your convienence. Yes, it's free.

It's so new that not even 4000 cyclists have passed by. I was number 3781, by the way. Another will be set up on Dronning Louise's Bridge in June - the busiest bicycle street in the nation.

There is a 'sensor line' in the asphalt on the bike lane a few metres in front of the counter which registers the cyclists. There is a SIM-card in the counters so the information is automatically sent to the City of Copenhagen's Center for Traffic. The counter only registers cyclists on this side of the street, not the far side, so you can double the numbers up to see how many cyclists use both directions.

There are two numbers on the counter. Total so far today and total so far this year.

This is also the first bicycle pump in the city and five more are on the way.
- Fælledparken by Henrik Harpestrengs Vej [right across from the National Stadium, Parken]
- At 4 Metro stations: Islands Brygge, Lergravsparken, Vestamager and possibly Ørestad.

It's Not About Being #1 - It's About Being #500,000.
The City of Copenhagen is going to give away a free Biomega bicycle to cyclist #500,000.

On this side of this street - Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard - there are about 12,000 cyclists a day [25,000 on both sides each day], so that means in just a couple of months someone gets a new bike. There will be a photo finish, in case it's close.

These daily numbers from certain streets in Copenhagen put the bicycle traffic in perspective.

Dronning Louises Bro - 14,400 cars / 30,000+ bikes
Langebro - 59,500 cars / 30,200 bikes
Østerbrogade - 25,000 cars / 20,900 bikes
Torvegade - 24,700 cars / 20,600 bikes

Traffic on certain motorway routes to compare:
North Jutland motorway between Brønderslev and Hjørring - 11,000 cars
Limfjords Tunnel - 57,600
Storebælt Bridge - 25,400


anna said...

Very cool that also cyclists get to see these numbers :-). We have one (and only one) free air pump in Vienna too, but I don't know where it is. I guess one is not quite enough.

On A Bike said...

What an awesome idea. I really hope that other cities start to pick up on it. I know that my nearest city is attempting to go all bike friendly (in a half hearted kind of way)... I wonder if its worth bothering someone enough to get one of these installed?

Bike by the Sea said...

Brilliant. I'd love to see these in bike-friendly cities in the US!

I saw one in Odense, Denmark: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/3039106064_e06fa73dfe.jpg?v=0.

Mikael said...

i think a bicycle counter is most effective in cities where there are a decent number of cyclists already.

new york would be great, for example.

if a town or city has 50 cyclists, it's kind of a heavy investment. it'll only make car drivers say "see! there's hardly any bikes! why invest in infrastructure!"

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Copenhagen! In my small, Northwest-Iowa town we have free air pumps at the gas stations. We probably don't have enough traffic to really need a bicycle lane, but what we do need is motorists who understand and obey traffic laws -- like not passing me while I'm riding my bike on the road in town; actually changing lanes to pass outside of town instead of just swerving around me); and bicyclists who ride with traffic instead of against it.

datsunzusa said...

Anyone know the vendor who makes/sells this neat bike counter?