23 October 2011

Bicycle Rush Hour Copenhagen


I was editing another film and this sequence stuck out. If you're riding the rush hour in Copenhagen on the busy routes, it's quite often that you won't make the green light and will have to wait for the next one. In the morning bicycle traffic on Nørrebrogade - the busiest bicycle street in the world - you can often miss two lights because of the wonderful flow of human powered traffic.

11 comments:

HG said...

Is it allowed to cycle on the roads or must cyclists use the cyclepaths?

Mikael said...

If there is no cycle track on the stretch you can use the roads. If there is a cycle track you must use it and 500,000 daily cyclists in copenhagen do. Pedestrians aren't allowed to use the road, so why should cyclists be?

Kim said...

Looks like Copenhagen has a serious congestion problem, there is a need for more capacity to deal with all of that bicycle traffic...

tstreet said...

Copenhageners are lucky duckies.

Tallycyclist said...

Fantastic video. Makes me miss Copenhagen so much. I love the left turn for bikes-only signals you have at various intersections. But even the Copenhagen-left that you use at most intersections is easy and straight-forward. I never had any driver wanting to make a right turn cut me off when I cycled around the city, but I definitely prefer the intersections that keep bike traffic and right-turning car traffic separate.

And yes it appears that there's a bike congestion problem, one that I wish we had here in Tallahassee :) I'm lucky if I see another cyclist the entire week outside of the university during my commutes.

Chris said...

I really hope we can get that same kind of bike infrastructure here in the states - and that kind of ridership. Something to work for, I guess.

Joseph E said...

It looks like Copenhagen needs to widen that cycle track! How much of that roadway is still devoted to cars, despite the number of bikes? It looks like the cars get at least twice as much space and time at this intersection.

Tim said...

http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011111011002

Another story of ignoring the bull in the china shop

HG said...

If it's compulsory to use the the cycle path then I'm afraid I'd take the car.

Tallycyclist said...

@HG Unless you want to ride 25-30 mph through the streets or enjoy fighting for road space with 4000 + lb vehicles, then there's no reason to not use these cycle tracks. I may be mistaken but it sounds like you haven't cycled in Cph based on your response.

These cycle tracks are not half-ass-done painted lanes that were randomly plotted on certain stretches of busy streets like you find so often in US cities. They are well-maintained, wide (sometimes enough for 3-4 to ride abreast) and direct routes that make riding in traffic very stress free. Many also have bike traffic lights that prioritize passage for cyclist a few seconds earlier, etc.

That's why so many people of all age and income groups ride in Cph. It's not because they can't afford a car or afford the gas prices. It's been made more convenient than driving through the city. There, you never find a street where you feel like cars are squeezing you to the gutter or intersections where you won't be able to cross quickly and safely.

Corey said...

Still got nothing on the Dutch.