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By davidvanbeveren (registered) | Posted September 25, 2009 at 12:25:08

I had the chance to visit Copenhagen this summer and was struck by how ordinary, by North American standards, their road network is. It's obvious that in decades past their streets were designed principally with cars in mind. Outside of the old centre there's lots of busy 4 lane roads with wide lanes and big intersections. That they've been able to take a system like that and effectively fold bike lanes into it shows it can be done without impeding vehicle traffic or reducing the autonomy of motorists. One additional observation related to cycling and topography - Copenhagen is in no way flat, and it was remarkable to see lines of ordinary commuters cycling up Valby Langgade, which to my eye looked to be a near equivalent to our escarpment.

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