If only every city or country had this problem: Too many bicycles. Just read this article on the congestion issues of cycling in Copenhagen. The article starts off similar to something you might read in North America, that they “have it in for cyclists”. One would expect to read that people think cyclists don’t belong on the roads, are dangerous and that motorists are the dominant users of the roads, etc.
Well the article goes onto explain that the real problem is with pedestrians and bicycles. With 55% of Copenhagen citizens commuting by bicycle on a daily basis, there are times when pedestrians feel squeezed off of sidewalks and other pedestrian zones.
(Note: the article claims 55% of Copenhagen citizens commute by bike, but the source of the image on Wikipedia, claims only 37% do.)
Not to say that this shouldn’t be a concern, but if only all cities had issues with 55% percent of the population commuting by bike! The real issue is that some cyclists are not following the rules and riding in a negligent manner, not that bikes themselves are the issue.
- Guest Question: “Do I have to be a really serious cyclist to go on one of your bike tours?” (insitutravel.com)
- Van Support on All Bike Tours (insitutravel.com)