Copenhagen receive funding for new pedestrian and bicycle bridge
The City of Copenhagen has received between €12 – 16 million in funding to build a bridge for both cyclists and pedestrians across Copenhagen’s famous harbour. The funding has been donated to the city by a Danish philanthropic organisation Realdania. Realdania is an organisation which develops urban environments and focuses on improving accessibility, heritage protection and innovative construction.
The bridge will become part of Harbour Route and Copenhagen’s Green Bicycle Route. Participants from all over the world have been invited to take part in a contest to design the bridge. The bridge is scheduled for completion in 2018.
According to Copenhagen’s Mayor Frank Jensen ‘We must ensure that Copenhagen is a great city to move around in. ‘Therefore we have begun to connect the harbour and city centre with the metro and several bridges, so that Copenhagen can function better in everyday life.’
In spite of a population growing by 1000 a month, Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 has succeeded in controlling car use. This is partly due to a long term campaign to encourage Copenhageners to cycle.