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Copenhagen’s Cycle Snake

The city of Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 has completed the Cykelslangen (The Cycle Snake) an elevated cycle path which aims to improve accessibility and safety for Copenhagen’s cyclists. Located near the Fisketorvet shopping centre, the Cykelslangen provides cyclists with a shortcut across the city’s inner harbour.

Photo courtesy of Dissing + Weitling via dac.dk

Photo courtesy of Dissing + Weitling via dac.dk

The bridge designed by Copenhagen architects Dissing Weitling provides cyclists with a safe, gradual journey to the quayside. The elevated two-way bike lane facilitates cyclists on the first-floor level, leaving pedestrians on the ground.

Copenhagen has a number of visions and a goal concerning both environmental issues and city life, one of these goals is to become the world’s best city for cyclists. Copenhagen aims to have 50% of people cycling to their place of work or education in Copenhagen in 2015 (the 2010 figure was 35%), thereby contributing to meeting the ambitious goal of CO2 neutrality by 2025. The fact that cycling is the natural mobility choice for the majority of Copenhageners brings considerable benefits in terms of public health, congestion and traffic safety.

Photo courtesy of Dissing + Weitling via dac.dk

Photo courtesy of Dissing + Weitling via dac.dk