The Danish city of Copenhagen, home to over 1.7 million residents, serves as an excellent example of a thriving modern, European urban environment which balances the needs of its residents with those of the environment.  The city, long a leader in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is now paving the way for a truly low-carbon future by joining a group of 21 other Danish cities in inaugurating a “cycle superhighway”. The superhighway, which was opened in April, will ultimately include 26 routes connecting these 21 cities and allowing residents within the cities to take care of their daily travel needs by cycle, instead of by car.

In addition to its innovative approach to lowering transit sector emissions levels, traditionally the source of a majority of daily CO2 emissions in urban environments, the superhighway is also an excellent example of a public institution’s eagerness to participate in breaking a path towards a low-carbon future. The political body governing much of the city’s public sector operations the Capital Region of Denmark devoted a total of €1.3 million to fund the project. Officials were convinced of the project’s value not only by Danish statistics which state that increasing cycling by 30% would cut CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons/year and but were equally motivated by findings which stated that this would also reduce healthcare spending by €40 million per year.

Source: Cycling Embassy of Denmark

Read more: See an interactive map and videos from the cycle superhighway

An article in the NY Times

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