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Clean air in transportation

Public transportation

Smart cities


The path to sustainable and healthy urban commuting

4. September 2023

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The Capital Region of Denmark

The Capital Region of Denmark is working to ensure sustainable growth and development – and thus a good, healthy life for the region’s residents. Together with the municipalities, the business community and various organisations the capital region is aiming to become more energy efficient, cli­mate prepared and attractive – green, safe and healthy.

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The Cycle Superhighway Collaboration between the Capital Region of Denmark and 29 municipalities provides a coherent network of cycle superhighways for safe, healthy, and sustainable commuting. 

The project tackles increasing transport emissions, road traffic and congestion, air and noise pollution, and physical inactivity across the capital region. 


By connecting work, study, and residential areas with 850 kilometres of cycle superhighways by 2045, the project provides the region’s commuters with the infrastructure necessary to bike to work across municipal borders and longer distances. They are safe and easy to use, with fewer stops for a better flow – offering all the benefits of regional infrastructure combined with the physical and mental health benefits of cycling.


Cycle superhighways

On this map you can see the network of cycle superhighways in the Greater Copenhagen area.


Evaluations of the first ten cycle superhighways have shown that upgrading routes to cycle superhighways has led to a 59% long-term increase in bicycle traffic in 2022. Of all new cyclists, 13% used to commute by car, which will reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 1,500 tonnes a year. A socio-economic analysis by the Technical University of Denmark found the project to be one of the most profitable infrastructure investments in Denmark, with a 23% return on investment. 

White paper: Urban green transition

This case is a part of the white paper “Urban green transition”:

A 40-page showcase of why holistic and strategic city planning and development within mobility and infrastructure, climate adaptation, as well as environmentally conscious architecture and construction, must take centre stage in the transformed cities of tomorrow.

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