Copenhagen: how bicycles can become an efficient means of public transportation

Antoine Pinaud, Marc Santos Canals & Thibaut Janneau

Student thesis: Termpaper


Private and public transports are important elements in a city. Transport gives a face to the city. For this project, Copenhagen was a good example. First this city knew how to obtain a powerful transport system. Moreover, the culture, in particular the culture of the bicycle, is acquired by many people. This is why starting from this postulate, we wanted to see how it is possible to combine bicycle and public transport. We know that the old system of city bikes has some problems and is not a success with Copenhageners. We had in the idea to create a new system, which would be in the same time an individual and a public transport. I.e., it would be public because it can be offered to everyone without discrimination. Some of the improvements would include better choice in the movements and in the timetable. We describe the field of the problem with references to qualitative and quantitative research to know general data and the problem with the city bike system. We have conducted two interviews which help us to understand how the existing bike system in Copenhagen functions. We have given an outline of the theories of geography with special emphasis on mobility, urban planning and sociology in relation with the individual choice. Last, we took into comparison other European cities in order to have an overall view and to have more references from which to show the possibility of our system.

EducationsGeography, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date1 Jan 2006