Bicycle accounts spur progress
There is a friendly rivalry between the reigning European cycling cities of 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. Copenhagen contacted Mobycon to create a study of Amsterdam for a section of the 2012 Copenhagen Bicycle Account.
The study undertaken examined policy, plans and facilities related to parking, safety and funding. 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 is decreasing. When investment is averaged out for the years 2007-2012, Amsterdam spent 170 Danish Kroner (DKK) per capita 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. Mobycon consultants are experienced in helping cities embrace the bicycle.
For more information about the Amsterdam study or related services, contact Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof.