Nordic Revolutions - Cycling in Copenhagen Dec 4th Committee Room 2 with Cycling Cross Party Group 6-8.30pm
Organised by the Cycling Cross Party Group with Nordic Horizons
Hosted by Alison Johnstone MSP
30 years ago cycling rates in Copenhagen were almost as low as they are across Scotland today. Then – something happened.
Today the Danish capital is held up as a near ideal cycling system by many – 36% of all journeys were made by bike in 2007 and 57% of cyclists said they felt safe and secure in traffic. The city’s Ecometropolis campaign aims to raise those high levels further - to 50% and 80% respectively in 2015. By contrast it’s thought only 4% of cycle journeys in Edinburgh are currently made by bike – even though the city council signed up to the Treaty of Brussels in 2009 pledging to have 15% of journeys by bicycle in 2020.
So what can Edinburgh and other Scottish cities learn from Copenhagen?
Søren Arildskov Rasmussen is a member of the Danish 'bicycle embassy' – a small group of organizations and companies who promote bike solutions and strategy internationally. He works for public architects Gottlieb Paludan who are designing the biggest new train station in Copenhagen with innovative bicycle parking as the main attraction.
The event is free but seats are limited and names must be on a list to guarantee entry because of parliamentary security. So please RSVP to Ben Miller (Ben.Miller@scottish.parliament.uk). Please assume you have a seat unless Ben says the meeting is full. Please also check on the Nordic Horizons website and Facebook page where we will post more information.