Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Danish capital is an excellent example of a cycling city and received the first-ever UCI Bike City label in 2008. Host of the 2011 UCI Road World Championships, the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the UCI BMX World Cup in 2008 and 2009 and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup from 2007 to 2009, the city has a long tradition of organising major events.


Copenhagen’s “2011-2025 Cycling Strategy” establishes numerous ambitious objectives to continue increasing the use of bikes, notably to: expand the network of cycling infrastructure, reduce travelling time, increase the percentage of inhabitants who feel safe on the road and reduce serious injuries on the road. The “2025 CPG Climat Plan” has the goal of reducing the percentage of trips made by car to a maximum of 25% in 2025, as the city works toward becoming carbon neutral the same year.


In the decade from 2009 to 2018, DKK 2 billion were invested in cycing projects: upgrading infrastructure, enhancing safety, enabling biking to school, and traffic calming shopping streets. With high levels of cycling already in place, current priorities focus on the construction of more bicycle parking and new cycle superhighways, promoting access to the city from across the metropolitan area.


Today, it is estimated that 49% of trips to work and school are made by bike. Copenhagen’s population possess 672,000 bicycles – a figure that should increase by 100,000 between now and 2025.

Country Denmark 
MayorFrank Jensen 
 City178.46 km2 
 Urban292.5 km2 
 Metropolitan1,767.52 km2
Bicycle Modal Share/ Trips by bike 
 Current (2016)49% of all trips to work or school by bike
 Target by 2025Trips by car to be reduced to a max of 25% of all journeys
Bike network length375 km