Bicycle architecture and mobility are essential in Copenhagen, where bikes outnumber cars by more than five to one and commuters usually prefer to cycle rather than drive. The volume of bikes steering their way through the city’s streets during commuter hours is often surprising to visitors; half the trips to work and school in the city are taken by bike, whether that’s a road bike, a laden-down cargo bike, a kid’s bike, or an e-bike. As well as outnumbering cars, bikes in Copenhagen outnumber people. For visitors, cycling is a great way to explore the capital and experience local culture at the same time.
The city’s strategy around bicycle architecture – architecture that makes cycling more fun and feasible – is around providing creative design solutions that function well, thereby promoting a healthy lifestyle, making Copenhagen the world's most bicycle-friendly city. In practical terms, that includes building-wide bike lanes separated from the main traffic by a curb so everyone can cycle safely, considering bike parking spaces in urban design, and building innovative and iconic bridges that accommodate bike traffic. These bridges are a key transit route for cyclists in the city, allowing them to easily navigate between the different districts, with typically a beautiful view of the harbour and harbour living as they go. Built deliberately to open and connect the city, they demonstrate Copenhagen’s focus on integrating and promoting everyday bike usage and showcase an important part of what makes Copenhagen World Capital of Architecture in 2023.