8% more journeys by bike
The number of journeys by bike in the capital region increased by 8% from 2012 to 2016. This is shown in the Region's second Cycling Report published in spring 2017.
In Copenhagen/Frederiksberg, the increase was 8% during the four-year-period against a stagnation in the suburbs. In the open rural landscape, the number of journeys by bike rose by 20%.
Health of Region population on slight increase
One-fourth of all journeys in the Capital Region of Denmark is by bike. In total, citizens of the Region cycled 2.3 kilometres every day in 2016.
The many journeys by bike result in more than 1 million fewer sick days per year in the Region. If more people would saddle up, we could save on health expenses. We should particularly look for more new cyclists in the suburbs and countryside outside Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
Cycling creates jobs
According to the 2012 Report, the cycling industry generates revenues of just about DKK 2.5 bn. per year in the Capital Region of Denmark. Approximately 1,200 people are employed in selling and repairing bikes and bike fixtures.
Exports, branding, tourism and revenue generated in associated sectors should be added to the direct revenues and employment.
We make room on roads when we cycle
Frequent journeys by bike mean that there are 124,000 fewer journeys by car during peak hours alone.
When we make room on the roads for our fellow citizens and business operators in the capital region, we contribute to productivity.
Prevention of climate change
Cycling by citizens of the Region annually reduces carbon emissions by 114 million tonnes, corrresponding to the yearly emission of 15.000 people. Together with walking, cycling is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Cycling gives us better urban environments with cleaner air and less noise. IN fact, the societal gains sum up to 30 million Danish kroner per year because of less noise, and 27 million Danish kroner because of less air pollution.
Preparing the cycle accounts
The cycle accounts were prepared by means of statistical databases, questionnaire surveys and interviews. The accounts were developed together with the consultant firm Konsulenthuset Incentive.