You have probably heard about it in the news or read it in some magazine - how countries like Denmark are leading the world in measures to make biking safer, easier and generally more attractive. The Scandinavians are at it again, pushing pedaling progress forward in a high gear!
We love it. We were just this week discussing how fortunate we are to have great bike lanes, well sign-posted routes and super bike-friendly car drivers.
For a country that has been biking for a really long time - its in the blood, its a national pride and its 100% part of the culture - its still important to build up the infrastructure. Luckily its just getting better and better.
Around here in Ribe and Esbjerg Kommune the local council has spent DKK50mio in the last 10 years on bike lanes. There's paths all through the towns, out to the suburbs and increasingly even connecting the little villages in the countryside. They've just announced another DKK13mio for a further bunch of bike lanes for the suburbs and surrounding areas.
VestKystRuten ('the West Coast Route', vestkystruten.dk) has spent a huge amount of time and resources the last 3 years in signposting and creating paths all up and down the West Coast of Denmark so that you can ride the whole length of the country.
In Copenhagen (which gets most of the spotlight) they have opened two new bike-only bridges this year in the waterfront harbour area, connecting a bicycle route that runs all around the downtown city area. Very cool.
You can also take your bike on to trains with special train carriages specifically with bike-racks.