It is perhaps not the reason that people are used to hearing from somebody explaining why they were late: that there was congestion in the cycle lanes. Yet precisely this situation has arisen in Copenhagen.
For the first time, bikes outnumber cars in Copenhagen. Last year, sensors recorded 265,700 bicycles entering the city centre on a daily basis against 252,600 cars.
This has led to overfilled cycle lanes, with several reaching capacity at peak times. Forecasts indicate that daily bike traffic is likely to increase by 25% by 2025, meaning measures are required to combat the two-wheeled traffic jams.
Five new electronic information panels, installed at strategic points on the city's 390km of bike lanes, will update cyclists on queues, road works, the distance to destinations, and suggest alternative routes using different bike lanes.
Morten Kabell, head of the city’s technology and environment department, commented that “we’re hoping these new information boards give cyclists the opportunity to choose the least congested route through the city.”
The signs are part of a far wider investment in bike infrastructure. To accelerate city-centre journeys, signalling at intersections will be improved, existing bike lanes widened, and more bike-only bridges constructed, adding to the 17 already in the city. The eight-year plan will cost 1.1-1.8bn Danish Krone (€150m-€240m).
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