Open seminar – join us to see the latest results from the project

Time: 1’st of December 2011: 9:00 – 17:00

Venue: Forest & Landscape Denmark, The Faculty of Life Sciences, Auditorium 1-01, Bülowsvej 17 – 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Free Registration here - including coffee/tea and a light lunch.

Full Program: Download here

WP1 representative survey out now!

An invitation to participate in WP1s representative survey of cycling in Denmark has been sent out to 5122 adults (age 15-75).

The survey combine an explanatory approach to travel behaviour with a Theory of Planned Behaviour scheme and include: transportation, cycling and activities; attitudes; perceived control, social norm; residential preferences; and finally background variables.

Packing of Bikeability WP1 survey invitations

Thank you to Dorit, Ene, Nanna, Gitte og Anna for packing the survey invitations.

A first round of reminders is currently pending.

Anton, Trine & Thomas

PhD course: Cycling and Society

Understanding cycling and the possibilities for cycling promotion to achieve societal goals.

November 28 – December 1 2011: Daily 9 AM – 5 PM

Hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Refolana Research School

Venue: Forest & Landscape Denmark, Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Download program here…

The course is organised in the context of the project ‘Bikeability cities for zero-emission travel and public health’ ( by the University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Danish Cancer Society, Danish Cyclist Federation, Technical University of Delft, and Technical University of Denmark.

The course is based on contributions from researchers in the field of urban form and transportation; urban planning; sociology and culture of cycling; public health; as well as from researchers taking part in the project ‘Bikability: cities for zero-emission and public health’.

Participating PhD students will be asked to present their PhD work briefly during the course, and to write a paper related to the topic of the course.

Course coordinators:

Trine Agervig Carstensen +45 35 33 18 40

Thomas Alexander Sick Nielsen +45 45 25 65 47

Hans Skov-Petersen +45 35 33 18 16

Current Media Coverage – Mediedækning

CopenhagenizeFollowing CNN’s Michael Quest’s quest in Copenhagen, featuring cycling culture here in Copenhagen the so called Copenhagenizationthe national press quickly followed up on the hype and turned to what it really is all about: State of The Art Bicycling Research, also known as

As the videoclips and soundbites are in Danish, we will continue this post in Danish; feel free to drill down the links below anyhow to hear our researchers unfold in their mother tongue, the official idiom of Copenhagenization.

If you want to know what this project is all about please have a look at the official bikeability video, featuring project manager Hans Skov-Petersen.

Efter Michael Quest fra CNN præsenterede hvad han kalder Copenhagenization måtte den nationale danske presse straks følge op og opstøve det sted hvor den mest relevante cykelforskning foregår lige nu : projektet.

P4 lagde ud med en triade af indslag i deres nyhedern og interviewede Seniorforsker Hans Skov-Petersen, KU hvor han fortæller om de foreløbige resultater af WP3 spørgeskemaundersøgelsen. I en af indslagene tager de fat i GPS undersøgelsen, som AAU stod for: Lektor Henrik Harder, AAU bliver interviewet her.

DR valgte så at sammenfatte interviewene på en side på DR online.


TV2 Lorry fulgte så op i deres sene udsendelse hvor de fokuserer på en enkel cyklists oplevelser med GPS samt et kort interview med Ph.d.-stipendiat Valinka Suenson, AAU.





gertrudI samme indslag, som i.ø. blev gentaget dagen efter i frokostudsendelsen, sætter Professor MSO Gertrud Jørgensen projektet i større perspektiv og udfolder sig om projektets fremtidige produkter og deres umiddelbare brugbarhed.

Læs mere om blandt andet CNNs indslag på vor projektpartner Cyklistforbundets side.

Bikeability – what’s that ?

During a presentation session within the Meet The Danes Session at Velo-City global 2010 where Hans Skov-Petersen and Thomas Sick presented the bikeability project, Sesselja

Traustadóttir (Hjólafærni á Íslandi/Bikeability in Iceland) seemed a little disappointed, that our project seemed not to be dealing with bikeability in the sense of bicycling proficiency but rather got it’s title derived from liveability – a well established indicator of our life-world.

To avoid more lingual confusion out there, I’d like to seize this opportunity to explain what we within the context of this project mean when we say bikeabilitygood bikeabilityno bikeability or even excellent bikeability.

Before we indulge ourselves with digging deeper into explaining I’d like to add a little note: I am currently aware of that in certain parts of the world, bikeability has to do something to do with the ability to bike, cycling proficiency mostly connected with governmental programs or tests for children, whether they are ready to bike on their own in traffic or not.

Biking from early age on at Amgerstrand Promenaden, Copenhagen

In Denmark, we are not relying that much on testing or especially educating our children, we just let them participate in traffic from an early age on. Whether they are put into children seats on our own bikes, within cargo bikes, in trailers or on half bikes. From an early age on we let them bike just in front of us on cycle paths and cycle lanes, guiding them through traffic, past curbs, dangerous lorries and are ready to give them a push when needed.




Within this research project, I’d therefore define bikeability in line with the definition of livability as

Variant(s): also bike·abil·i·ty
Function: noun

1. suitaibility for human biking

This project will therefore amongst other academic results come up with methods to determine a spatial bikeability index of neighborhoods or even cities as a measure for the preconditions for cycling. The more bikeable a city is, the more liveable, less polluted, more CO2 neutral, the more healthier and long living it’s inhabitants hopefully will be. That’s at least some of the hypothesis we are currently pursuing.


Infrastructure : Bicycle repair shop in Blågårdsgade, Copenhagen

Physical changes or interventions in cities as for example bridging barriers like waterways, high-class roads or installing technical aids to overcome topographic impediments like steep hills, extending and meliorating comfortable and safe bicycle lanes and -paths, enhancing and tightening the net of bicycle paths and installing infrastructure like air pumps, repair and parking facilities might be important factors towards maximum bikeabilitybut might not be enough.




Infrastructure : Bicycle rack for a fixie at Nørreport Station, CopenhagenSocial, cultural and ethnographic factors may be as important, therefore big effort will be spent on looking into these and figuring out how we can get the businessman in a suit, the obese, the female immigrant, th e politician onto a bike and discover the benefits of cycling for themselves and their surroundings.





And back to Sesselja …  I’d love to share my work and findings with you, either here on the blog or in person in Reykjavík, I know there’s loads of possibilities of improvements towards a bicyclist-friendly infrastructure and society even in your place – complementing and extending good initiatives like the hydrogen powered buses , the initiatives of the Association for a Car-free Lifestyle and trying to get a share of the daily home-to-work or home-to-school traffic onto bikes.