The Scandinavian countries seem to be determined to stand out from the rest of Europe in terms of ecology, innovation and energy saving. This time the spotlights illuminate Denmark, in particular Copenhagen: it is the first European capital in which bicycle traffic exceeds that of private cars. As a result, the country has arrived by building safe cycle lanes everywhere and promoting a policy that emphasizes respect for the environment.
In 2009, around 20 sensors were installed in the metropolitan area of the capital to distinguish the passage of a bicycle, a private car or a taxi. In almost 10 years they have collected enough data to be able to draw conclusions: to be exact, the sensors counted a number of bicycles equal to 265,200 against 252,600 cars. Not an abysmal difference, but today in no other capital there are a number of bikes that touches that of private vehicles. Not to mention that in Denmark the level of motorization is very high, both for the taste of big cars and for the degree of economic well-being available to citizens.
The city, however, will not stop for a long time to celebrate the record gained: it has already planned to continue the project aimed at improving the traffic of two wheels, building more and more tracks in areas that are now lacking. By 2025 it is hoped that more than 50% of citizens will prefer the bike to go to work, currently 41% prefer it.
Unlike the other countries, here the people in charge of the government and the smaller administrations have a basic consistency: the person in charge of the Copenhagen environment from 2006 to 2009, the years when more was done for the bikes, is today, not surprisingly, president of the Danish cycling federation.
The only fear of the municipality is that the construction of the modern and efficient underground network, under construction, replaces the use of the bicycle but, after all, the environment would continue to rejoice, and it would not be a defeat like that serious.
Noteworthy is also the citizen participation in the improvement of alternative road to cars: a recent survey instituted by the municipality asked to indicate which areas need more maintenance and priority: 10 thousand citizens have responded, confident that their opinion will be taken into consideration .
All that remains is to address a sincere applause to happy Denmark, with the hope that the far-sightedness with which the rulers of this and other countries work, will sooner or later also come elsewhere.