Kids with bikes

Copenhagen's bike culture

Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle. Everybody does it. Bike that is. In Copenhagen we bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. We bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings.

Copenhageners love their bikes. Cycling is fast, convenient, healthy, climate-friendly, enjoyable - and cheap, although Copenhageners honestly love their bikes no matter their financial income. Even top politicians ride their bike every day to parliament.

Actually, there are more bikes than inhabitants in Copenhagen, 382 kilometres of cycle tracks and traffic lights that are coordinated in favour of cyclists during rush hour. While motorists sit in tailbacks, cyclists tend to sweep through the city, and the well-developed bike infrastructure plays a major role in Copenhagen's focus on sustainable urban development.

Currently, Copenhagen is building even more green routes and bridges through Copenhagen to ensure a safe and green transport route for cyclists while creating green spots in the cityscape. Cycle super highways are already a reality, leading cyclists in and out of the city from as far as 15 kilometres away.

The world's first bike city

Thus Copenhagen is a city that invites you to cycle. It is simply our way of life, and if you want to experience it the local way, you have to jump in the saddle. As a first time visitor in Copenhagen the amount of bicycles on the streets can be overwhelming, but you will soon get the hang of it and start loving it. Try reading our 8 reasons why you'll love biking in Copenhagen. If you feel rusty, avoid morning and afternoon rush hour, and check out the traffic rules before you go.

Many hotels in Copenhagen provide bicycles for their guests, there are numerous bike rentals and bike tours on offer, or you can rent one of the electric city bikes for a very low cost per hour.

It is no wonder that Copenhagen has been ranked the world's top cycling city several times, last time in 2019. And that other cities, such as New York, look to Copenhagen for inspiration.

Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl is famous for teaching other cities around the world how to plan for a bike culture. It even has its own term: "to copenhagenize".