Dave Reid

Copenhagen Bicycling Infrastructure Video…. Ideas for Milwaukee.

By - Jul 17th, 2009 10:38 am

Over the past forty years Copenhagen has implemented bicycle infrastructure components that have helped make it one of the most bike friendly cities in the world.  This transformation wasn’t quick, but it offers many lessons and ideas that can be utilized in making Milwaukee not just more of a bicycle friendly city, but a better city.

The video below, by UWM graduate student Joe Peterangelo, features many of these components.  Some of the components shown are designed to make riding more enjoyable and safe.  These include, curb separated bike lanes (cycletracks), bicycle traffic lights, and a simple device which allows bicyclists the ability to climb a staircase with their bikes.  It also shows a few examples of bridges designed with both pedestrians and bicyclists in mind.  Further, the video includes shots of two large bike storage facilities which certainly make securing a bicycle more accessible to riders, and facilitates far more people than a similarly sized automobile parking garage.  All of these improvements didn’t occur overnight and, each individually aren’t what make Copenhagen one of the world’s best city for bicyclists, but each add to making the city more bikeable and livable.  Take a look.


8 thoughts on “Copenhagen Bicycling Infrastructure Video…. Ideas for Milwaukee.”

  1. Jeff Jordan says:

    It may take years to build this kind of infrastructure, but the first thing we must do is convince the pols that traffic is not just about cars

  2. Joel says:

    so much bike traffic they almost need bike interchanges and overpasses and on/off ramps…lol

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @Jeff You know many of the Alderman are actually open to these kind of ideas, though clearly Alderman Dudzik has the mindset your referring to. It seems to me that at the state and national level is where things need to change (and are slowly), to allow for local spending as we choose….

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @Joel Funny! Mmaybe we need some trail widening!

  5. Joel says:

    6 lane bikeways, auxillary lanes, collector/distributor lanes, stop/go lights on bike on/off ramps…OH OH i know, bike EXPRESS lanes! YEA

  6. Steve says:

    I live in Riverwest Milwaukee and work in the Glendale area. I’ve started using the buses new bike racks to take my bike halfway to work and bike the rest of the way. I’d love to see some of these improvements that might make it easier to just bike the whole way.

  7. Jeff Jordan says:

    Steve , I applaud your use of the bike and the desire for better routes. Many riders us Lake Drive to get up to Fox Point and White fish Bay. I don’t know if that would work for you, but it is a pretty nice ride and fairly safe

  8. Dave Reid says:

    @Steve Oh I’m glad to hear you’re a user of the bike racks. It amazing how a change like that can really make biking over a much further distance possible. And I totally agree more infrastructure for biking is a good thing.

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