Facts about everyday cycling in Denmark

  • Cycling accounts for 17% of all trips in Denmark and 4% of the traffic in kilometers.
  • Cycling accounts for 20 % of all commuter trips.
  • 85 % of all bike trips are under 5 km.
  • 70% of all trips by bicycle are less than 3 km. Only 2% of all trips by bicycle are longer than 15 km.
  • On average, Danes cycle 1,5 km a day.
  • Danish men and women almost bike the same. But women cycle a bit more often ( 0.5 vs. 0.46 trips per day) while the men cycle slightly longer (1.80 vs. 1.48 km) than women.
  • Nine out of ten Danes own a bicycle.
  • In 2013, almost 500,000 bicycles were sold in Denmark
  • 60,709 bicycles were reported stolen in 2014
  • 18,100 electrical bicycles were sold in 2013.
  • 44 % of all children aged 10-16 cycle to school
  • Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least € 373 million in cycle projects.

Traffic Safety for Cyclists in Denmark

  • 47 cyclists were killed in traffic in 2003. 33 cyclists were killed in 2013.
  • 70% of the accidents involving cyclists are single-cyclist accidents.
  • In bigger cities 27% of all cyclists wear a helmet.

Health and Cycling

  • For every 1,200 km cycled, the average number of sick days is reduced by one.
  • The Capital Region of Denmark estimates that it has one million fewer sick days due to the fact that the inhabitants of the region are such diligent cyclists.

Economic benefits of cycling

  • For every km cycled instead of driven in a car, the state of Denmark saves 0,8 €. With 5.7 million Danes cycling 1.5 km a day, that’s 6.840.000 € per day- and that’s a conservative estimate.
  • 1 km of Danish highway costs up to 100 times more than 1 km of the Danish bicycle highway.

Cars in Denmark

  • Four out of ten Danes own a car – which amounts to a total of 2.26 million cars in Denmark.
  • 59% of all traffic is by car. But 38% of all car drivers dream of cycling more.
  • As of January 2015 almost 3000 Danes own an electric car.

Copenhagen (Population: 580,184)

  • The cyclists of Copenhagen cycle 1,240,000 km every day.
  • 56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day.
  • Copenhagen has a total of 454 km cycle lanes.
  • You have to bike 2.800 years to be involved in a serious accident, statistically.

Aarhus (Population: 326,246)

  • 37% of everyone in Aarhus cycle on a daily basis.
  • 48% cycle to work every day.
  • Aarhus has a total of 675 km cycle lanes.

Odense (Population: 197,480)

  • 31% of all people visiting the city centre of Odense arrive by bicycle.
  • Bicycle traffic constitutes 24% of all traffic.
  • Odense has more than 545 km cycle lanes.

Aalborg (Population: 207,805)

  • Bicycle traffic constitutes 15% of all traffic in Aalborg.
  • From 2001 to 2012, Aalborg experienced an 11% increase in cyclists.
  • 58,000 of everyone in Aalborg commute to and from work every day by car. The citizens believe that a good 15% of these trips could be replaced by cycling instead.

Frederiksberg (Population: 103,192)

  • 33% of all trips is by bicycle in Frederiksberg.
  • 70% of everyone in Frederiksberg cycle to work or their place of education a couple of times a week.
  • 39% of everyone in Frederiksberg choose the bicycle as their mode of transport when travelling less than 5 km.

Randers (Population: 96,800)

  • In 2012, bicycle traffic constituted 16 % of all traffic in Randers.
  • 46% of everyone in Randers cycle at least once a week.
  • In 2012, 31% of the cyclists in Randers wore a helmet when cycling

Middelfart (Population: 37,857)

  • 28% of everyone in Middelfart cycle daily.
  • 25,7 % of everyone in Middelfart cycle a couple of time a week
  • In 2010, 18,8 % of everyone in Middelfart ran errands or did their shopping daily by bicycle.
Source: Secretariat for The Cycling Embassy Of Denmark, october 2016