Copenhagen

While Copenhagen’s bike infrastructure is already a leader in green design, it’s about to get a lot more efficient once the city updates 380 bike signals. Photo: Courtesy of PlanetGordon.com/ Flickr

Copenhagen already has extensive bike paths and bike signals to make bike travel safe in the city.

Last week the Copenhagen City Council approved spending 60 million kroner (about $9 million USD) to make bike transit even more efficient by using rider’s smartphone information.

The intelligent traffic signals will replace the 35-year-old system and will improve traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit.

Pedestrians, bus drivers and cyclists can use their smartphones to get real-time traffic updates and also to send information. For example, if a bus is behind schedule, the driver can send an update and the traffic lights will react, helping the bus catch up.

Copenhagen bike signal

About $9 million (USD) will go towards making the bike signals more intelligent. People will be able to send and receive real-time traffic updates and the signals will be able to adjust accordingly. Photo: Courtesy of Dylan Passmore/Flickr

Another innovative technique used in the traffic flow is the “green wave,” which allows bicyclists to ride about 12 mph straight without stopping. If there is a group of five or more riders, they will be given priority at stop lights.

Mayor for the Traffic and Environmental Administration, Morten Kabell, said it will cut down on commute time.

“In short, these systems will ensure traffic that flows better so that as many people as possible can save time in the greenest possible way,” Kabell told Copenhagenize. “It means that Copenhageners won't waste time on their way to and from work and that is good business.”

The city is taking steps to prioritize biking over automobiles to go green.

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