Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 7, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko wins Tour of Taihu Lake’s opening road stage; Miguel Angel Lopez fractures tibia in training crash; Cameron Meyer posts impressive track return at Glasgow World Cup; The rise of autonomous vehicles and their effect on cycling; Copenhagen achieves more bikes than cars in city centre; Highlights from the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; 80 and still cycling.

Copenhagen achieves more bikes than cars in city centre

by CyclingTips

In news from one of the world’s most cycling-friendly cities, the number of bikes entering the Copenhagen city centre has eclipsed the number of cars for the first time on record.

The data comes from bi-annual vehicle counts taken in the city and shows the result of many years of investment in and city policy directed towards the promotion of cycling. In fact, according to the Copenhagenize website, some 1 billion Danish krone (€134 million; AU$192 million) has been invested in cycling infrastructure and facilities in the Danish capital in the past decade.

Interestingly though, cycling for transport is actually down in Denmark as a whole. To quote from Copehagenize:

Widespread prosperity (the financial crisis didn’t really register here) and the fact that buying a car is cheaper now than during the oil crises in the 1970s means that people are buying them, despite the (rather irrelevant) 180% tax on cars. They are, however, buying then outside the larger cities and often buying a second car for the family.

Car ownership in Copenhagen is still low at 25%. Even though a resident’s parking permit can be bought for a ridiculous €100 a year, it is clear that Copenhageners prefer bikes and public transport. It is also very relevant to mention that the city is still rather difficult to drive around, what with the construction of 17 new metro stations.

Click through to read more at Copenhagenize.