Copenhagen getting world’s first traffic info-boards for cyclists

Initiative aims to reduce bicycle congestion in the Danish capital

Most people have seen traffic boards on the motorways, which inform drivers of accidents, queues or directions.

And now Copenhagen is taking traffic boards to a whole new level.

The Danish capital will soon become the first city in the world to establish traffic boards in a bid to make it easier for cyclists to make their way around town.

“There is a need for better conditions for the increasing number of cyclists who unfortunately have to fight for space on bicycle paths in many areas,” Morten Kabell, the deputy mayor for environmental and technical issues, told DR Nyheder.

“With the new information boards, cyclists will be given the opportunity to choose the least congested routes through the city.”

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Difference maker
To start with, Copenhagen will set up five traffic boards offering information to cyclists, including the proposal of various routes through the city where there is less congestion.

The traffic boards will cost 4.2 million kroner and be located on five roads that have heavy bicycle traffic: Nørrebrogade, Gyldenløvesgade (leading over the Lakes onto HC Andersens Boulevard), Amagerbrogade/Prags Boulevard, Amagerfælledvej/Svinget and Vermlandsgade.

The move could be a boost to those who hop on their bicycle to get to and from work, according to Niels Agerholm, a traffic researcher with Aarhus University.

“It will make a difference. If there is a stoppage somewhere, a traffic board can urge people to take another route. And we have to admit that we have a congestion problem with the number of cyclists in Copenhagen,” he told DR Nyheder.