DENMARK - The Bike Lane Anyone can Put Together

After spending several years lobbying for (better) bicycle infrastructure in cities, Colville-Andersen must have noticed that a lot of cities have cold feet. The Copenhagenize Flow is a pre-fabricated, recycled modular system that clicks easily together in order to create separated cycle tracks of adjustable widths and unlimited lengths. It’s very easy, cost-effective and flexible to implement. City governments can kickstart their bicycle infrastructure network at a fraction of the price and test the results in modal shift and safety.

The system will be offered together with the expertise of bloggers and bicycle ambassadors regarding how and where to implement the track. Installing Flow is as easy as building something with LEGOS. A small team of people will be able to install 1 kilometer in only one day, and a larger team will just make it go quicker and farther. No road workers are needed — even families with children can participate in the process, which makes the neighborhood an active participant in the idea of the new bike lane. After the pilot is finished, the system can be easily removed and installed in another place.

The reason to launch this project is the strong belief that the people of Copenhagen have many advantages by accepting cycling as the main mode of transportation, which is made clear through some stunning facts on the Flow website.

“Separated bicycle infrastructure encourages cycling like nothing else. It’s that simple. Installation of cycle tracks on streets increase cycling by 10% in Copenhagen. In Emerging Bicycle Cities, that number is far greater. We know that Best Practice design is the only way forward. Copenhagen-style, separated infrastructure is an evidence-based success over a century in the making. There are countless benefits to increasing the number of citizens on bicycles. Cities that take cycling seriously stand to reap fantastic socio-economic rewards. For example: €233 million is the net societal gain thanks to the cycling citizens in Copenhagen. € 0.23 is the net profit for every kilometre cycled in Copenhagen. € 0.16 net loss for every kilometer driven in the city.”