This September, Copenhagenize Design Co. was honoured to host members of our client city, Bordeaux Métropole, in Copenhagen. Led by the Mayor and President Alain Juppé, the delegation of politicians attended talks on the history of Danish cycling policy and tried out Copenhagen’s best-practice bicycle infrastructure for themselves.
In terms of bicycle innovation and infrastructure, Bordeaux is a leading city in France, ranked 6th on our 2017 Copenhagenize Index. Since then, it has continued to lead the way by making one of its historical bridges car-free, dedicating it exclusively to cyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation.
Learning from the Danish approach, Bordeaux began with a pilot-project, collecting data for one year to evaluate the impact of the measure on traffic, air pollution, and local shops. After the year-long pilot project, the results are inspiring — an overall increase of 20% of bicyclists crossing the bridge. Even more impressively, among the bicycle users, 11% were former drivers, demonstrating again that modifying infrastructure to prioritize active transportation produces immediate, concrete, positive effects.