Copenhagen, Denmark

Mayors Vision

 

The New Bike Share System is a Perfect Fit for Copenhagen

The bike share system in Copenhagen that we call ‘Bycyklen’ is not a new phenomenon. You could easily say that Copenhagen has gone from first launching a beta-version in 1996 as the first city in the world to introduce a bike share system, to an ultra-modern 2.0 version geared to meet both current and future requirements. The bike share concept is here to stay in Copenhagen, a city that the rest of the world recognizes as a mecca for cyclists.
 
For Copenhagen, the new bike share system has many advantages. It will act as an integrated part of our public transportation system, so that more travellers choose a green form of transportation, and it will also be used to strengthen Copenhagen’s green image.
 
Our new bike share system will make it even easier to get around Copenhagen. Commuters can grab a Bycyklen bicycle when they come in by train from the suburbs. Tourists can use it for sightseeing, and the people of Copenhagen can grab a Bycyklen bicycle in a pinch if their private bike gets a flat tire. Bycyklen provides a dynamic and flexibility that you just cannot experience in the car, and means you can move around with a positive green conscience. The system will help reduce noise and produce cleaner air in Copenhagen, which are on the list one of the municipality's goals for 2025, when Copenhagen will become be the world's first CO2 neutral capital.
 
Additionally, it is a pleasure to note that the new bike share system has been developed here in Copenhagen. The new concept has already been sold internationally, after representatives from foreign cities have seen how it works here in Copenhagen, and in this way we also benefit from the international attention that the new bike share system attracts. Our new bike share project can help enhance the green image that Copenhagen is striving towards, and as a Mayor of Copenhagen I am proud to take a leadership role.
 
Morten Kabell, Technical and Environmental Mayor, City of Copenhagen (and Member of the political party Enhedslisten)

Just a few impressions of the installation in Copenhagen, Denmark