Amsterdam vs. Copenhagen?

There is a friendly rivalry between the reigning cities of cycling in Europe, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.  For the last 10 years, the city of Copenhagen has been compiling a bicycle account annually to assess cycling developments and help direct future planning.

Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof contributed information about the City of Amsterdam, including mode share for cycling, parking facilities available, safety measures undertaken and funds invested.  The information was used to create a comparison of the two cities.  Analysis shows that Amsterdam is ahead of Copenhagen when it comes to regional mode share – 26 percent outside Amsterdam versus 10 percent outside Copenhagen.  Amsterdam also has many more bike racks than Copenhagen 240,000 versus 50,000. 

Historically, Amsterdam has invested more heavily in cycling than Copenhagen though the difference between is decreasing.  When investment is averaged out for the years 2007-2012, Amsterdam spent 170 Danish kroner per capital while Copenhagen spent 164 DKK.  Both cities have low incidence of traffic fatalities for cyclists but when figures are averaged for the years 2009 to 2012, Amsterdam had twice as many fatalities as Copenhagen (6.13 versus 3.3 deaths per 1 million cyclists).  The competition between the cities seems to have the benefit of pushing both to do better by their cyclists.

For more information about the Amsterdam study, contact Angela directly.  The 2012 Copenhagen Bicycle Account can be read in full on the Cycling Embassy of Denmark website.


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