Copenhagen: Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Copenhagen: Solutions for Sustainable Cities

This publication profiles some of Copenhagen's best sustainable solutions. In the spirit of sharing, Copenhagen reaches out to cities worldwide with our solutions, but is also on the lookout for new ideas to improve Copenhagen and hope to be inspired by the lessons learnt by others.

Key findings

No missing links is a main factor in the strategy for making more Copenhageners jump on their bike whenever they are going to work or education. The goal is to create a network of bicycle lanes throughout Copenhagen. This will reduce traveling time and increase safety for their cyclists. Safety, convenience, comfort, timesaving and livability are the keywords in designing a city where cycling is the norm.

Economic growth in Copenhagen brought with it increased traffic congestion. By investing in an efficient, reliable, and highly integrated public transport network, Copenhagen has been able to deliver some of the highest levels of mobility in the world. Alongside traffic, congestion and pollution have been reduced to levels that are extremely low by the standards of major international cities.

The idea of swimming in Copenhagen's harbor would have been out of the question fifteen years ago. Close to 100 overflow channels fed wastewater into the harbor making the water heavily polluted. Copenhagen addressed the problem by investing in the complete modernization of the sewage system. The water quality improved and the City was able to open the public harbor baths.

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