The analysis is entitled “Udbygning af den kollektive trafik i KøbenhavnAnalysefasen – Trafikmodelberegninger 2018-2040″. In English: “Expansion of Public Transport in Copenhagen. Analysis phase – Traffic model calculations 2018-2040“.
So let’s examine the city planning assumptions.
Curiously, taking the high growth of car ownership into consideration, the analysis concludes that the act of driving around looking for parking spots will increase by 25% until 2025, and after that it will remain constant. Again, we’re dealing with vague assumptions that can’t be proved or be shown to be based on any reliable research. In a city with a parking shortage and a parking pricing policy that is well below cost, no private garages will be built and the city can not afford to build the incremental spots which would set the city? budget back by a stunning $8 billion (159.500 new parking spaces at $50k each).
Not only is that unfortunate, the basis of the calculations blatantly ignores the importance of cycling as transport. It is underestimated in the base year by 53%, the same as mass transit. The opposite is true for cars and pedestrians, which are compared to the most comprehensive transport usage study in DK, which is performed annually by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, TU data). The analysis, on the other hand, offers no sources for its historic data.
Source: Tetraplan -Udbygning af den kollektive trafik i København.?Analysefasen?Trafikmodelberegninger 2018-2040
We now know that he actually plans to decrease it by 12%.
Welcome to The New Copenhagen.
The bicycle infrastructure in the city is far from perfect, far from Best Practice, but my god it is well-used by the city’s Citizen Cyclists. You’ll see a rush hour for bicycles in Barcelona that would be considered an alien sight in most cities in the Anglo-world.
Those pesky on-street bi-directional lanes are in place on many streets and while they are far from optimal, they are really used and send positive symbolism. Most of the bicycle users in the city are regular citizens who aren’t out to pump up their testosterone levels so the pace is civilised. What’s more, riding around the city you really get the feeling that the motorists are adapting well to seeing so many bicycles on the streets.
On this street, and many others, these blocks are used to separate the bike lanes from the street and prevent cars from driving in them. My local friends say that especially in the morning there are delivery trucks parked in the lanes on commercial streets but I never saw one car in a bike lane.
Barcelona has painted lanes across intersections, like many cities in the world these days.
Combining bicycles with trains is also incredibly simple. The crew from the Cycle Chic Bloggers Conference headed by train from Plaza Catalunya to the small city of Saint Joan DespÃ, about 10 km away. My first question was whether so many bicycles were allowed on the train. My Barcelonan friends just shrugged. Sure. Why not? We didn’t even need a ticket for the bicycles. We ended being about 20 bikes in two cars on the train for the trip. Brilliant.
On the trip back from Saint Joan DespÃ we took the tram to Barcelona. Again, all of the bicycles fit on board, no ticket was required and nobody minded that we took up a bit more space than normal. Not even the conductor who came on board to check tickets.
And what could be better than seeing a cargo bike selling fruit by Port Vell?! And a Christiania Bike, no less!