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Free-of-charge city bikes

Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Copenhagen started in 1995 with 1000 free-of-charge bikes in the city. The City bikes are public to everybody and can be borrowd from the City Bikes rack for a small deposit. The system is similar to luggage carriers on airports. After use the bikes can be locked at any city bike rack in the city and the deposit is returned.
The City Bikes became a permanent part of Copemhagen and they are of great public interest both in Denmark and internationally.

sustainable transport
biking

Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective of the project was to give the possibility to use bicycles in the whole city, for example, if people arrive in CPH centre by bus, they can continue with the bike. City Bikes are meant to be an extension of public transport.

Participants of the Good Practice

The project was started in 1994 in cooperation with the foundation of City Bikes in CPH, the advertising agency ARAS Outdoor, Cycle Imports of Scandinavia and the City of Copenhagen. Also the Ministry of Culture and the "Wonderful Copenhagen" tourist organisation were involved.

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens, tourists

Funding of the Good Practice

in 1997 ten sponsors were engaged in the project, ranging from Coca-Cola to a local Girl Scout Association.

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Contact details

Ms Britta Krogh-Lund
Tel +45 33 66 26 58
Fax +45 33 66 70 80

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/1997