Copenhagen Economics: Cars are a Net Loss, Bikes a Benefit
But the major form of transportation in this city of 1.2 million is not the car, but the bicycle. This leads us to what is perhaps the more amazing fact from this study… bicycles offer a $0.35 net benefit to the economy per mile ridden.
Math Note: 1 DKK = 18 cents (2010 currency rates) | 1.61km = 1mi
Other neat facts about Copenhagen from this study:
- Sixty-Eight Percent - An astounding 68% of residents bicycle at least once a week
- Most Popular Commute Choice - Citywide, 35% of residents bicycle to and from work/school, more than any other transportation method
- Sorry Cars, You’re Outnumbered – When taking trips of under 6 miles, bicyclists outnumber cars 3 to 1
- Rain, Sleet, or Snow – Most commuters cycle year-round, even with an average low of 28-degrees Fahrenheit during snowy winter months and 2.5 inches of rain during summer months
- Kids Rule – A full 98% of children in the city own a bicycle
Patrick Lydon is an artist and ecological urbanist whose work ignites unconventional and critical dialogues at the intersection of culture and ecology. His projects include SocieCity.org, an international collaboration of individuals focused on social and ecological wellness, and Final Straw, a documentary on food, earth, and happiness.
He holds an MFA in "Art, Space & Nature" from The ...