The Copenhagenize Index

This article was published in 2015, in Newsletter 123.

As this Newsletter is going to print we are in the final stages of preparing for the 2015 AGM and looking forward to our guest speaker. This year we are visited by Mikael Colville-Andersen, urban mobility expert and CEO of Copenhagenize, the go-to consultancy for bicycle culture, planning, traffic and communications. Mikael is an internationally renowned consultant and keynote speaker who is sure to inspire.

In Frederiksberg, Copenhagen clearing and salting the cycle lanes is the priority, rather than the other traffic and parking lanes.
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In addition to consulting work, Copenhagenize also produce the biannual Copenhagenize index, an inventory and ranking of bicycle friendly cities. The most recent index in 2015 lists Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Strasbourg and Eindhoven as the top five cities, in that order. It’s interesting to compare the improvements that cities make over each two-year period. Unfortunately, not a single city in the UK has made it into the 122 cities shortlisted for assessment for the rankings.

The 2015 Copenhagenize top 20, [indicates the position in the 2013 index].

  1. [2] Copenhagen
  2. [1] Amsterdam
  3. [3] Utrecht
  4. [new] Strasbourg
  5. [8] Eindhoven
  6. [9] Malmö
  7. [6] Nantes
  8. [5] Bordeaux
  9. [7] Antwerp
  10. [4] Seville
  11. [17] Barcelona
  12. [10] Berlin
  13. [new] Ljubljana
  14. [new] Buenos Aires
  15. [11] Dublin
  16. [new] Vienna
  17. [19] Paris
  18. [new] Minneapolis
  19. [20] Hamburg
  20. [14] Montréal

You can find out more about the index here:

It will be interesting to get Mikael’s opinion on Cambridge while he is here. As the cycling capital of the UK, are we even close to having what it takes to be a true cycling city on the global scale?

Roxanne De Beaux