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Copenhagen has a treat in store for visitors with new 13k cycle path

Cycling enthusiasts already familiar with Copenhagen as a bicycle friendly city have a little extra reason to celebrate this month.

The city of Copenhagen is like a breath of fresh air. Image by JamesZ_Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The city of Copenhagen is very bike friendly.  Image by JamesZ_Flickr / CC BY 2.0 Image by JamesZ_Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Those visiting the Danish City have a treat in store with the recently opened 13km-long bicycle path – the Harbour Circle – around the city’s inner harbour.

New bicycle bridges have created a continuous cycle path that lets tourists and commuters have a safer trip around the city.

Cyclists riding through Assistens Kirkegaard.
Cyclists riding through Assistens Kirkegaard. Image by Sarah Coghill

The route is just the latest addition to Copenhagen’s already well-known bike paths. An estimated 41,400 cyclists crosses the old harbor Knippelsbro bridge every day, meaning stretches of the Harbour Circle path already has some of the highest daily number of cyclists in the world.

Copenhagen has 390 kilometres of bike paths throughout its metropolitan region, and estimated 1,000 km of cycle paths in the rest of the country. No surprise then that last year, the city was voted ‘Best City for Cyclists’.

Parked bikes on a street in Copenhagen.
Parked bikes on a street in Copenhagen. Image by Getty Images

If bikers needed any more convincing, another new route, the Cycle Super Highway, connects central Copenhagen with the suburban town of Albertslund, 22 km outside the city. Along the way cyclists can avail of amenities such as air pumps, and traffic lights timed to average cycling speed, reducing the number of stops. Those initiatives were intended as a way to encourage more commuters to travel by bicycle.