The Copenhagen ‘Green Wave’

The following is a guest article by Hugh Prichard, who first introduced to me to the concept of the “Green Wave” at the Transportation Remix last November.  I especially like the stats at the end of the article! —- Seager


The Green Wave in Copenhagen is a creative piece of bicycle infrastructure which costs very little but changes the game dramatically.  During both morning and evening rush hour, traffic lights are set so that maintaining a speed of 12 miles per hour means all you will see is green lights for over two and a half kilometers.  A commuting cyclist will never have to put a foot down from the close-in suburbs right into central Copenhagen.
Here’s a view of the Green Wave as it approaches the busiest bicycle intersection in Europe on Nørrebrogade.
Nørrebrogade