Bicycling is a cheap and effective replacement for a car in big cities, and nowhere is biking encouraged more than in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. In a city where more than 50% of residents bike to work, the new “Cycle Snake” bike highway will see plenty of use.
It’s the latest addition to a network of bike-only streets, highways, and protected bike lanes, which totals some 220 miles, reports Wired. This network of bikeways includes bike-friendly features like longer traffic lights and lots of bike parking. Though the Cycle Snake, designed by Danish architecture firm Dissing + Weitling, is just over 700-feet in length, it helps cyclists avoid an oft-congested waterfront shopping area that hampers commuting times during peak congestion. It also looks hella-cool, like a functional piece of street art, but instead the $5 million raised roadway allows bicyclists onto a 13-foot wide path where they can pass even slow-moving cargo bikes.
Copenhagen has a lot to teach the U.S. about biking to work instead of driving, and even in bike-friendly Portland, only about 6% of commuters take their bike to work everyday. Unfortunately, many American cities are still dominated by the automobile, and while protected bike paths are coming with increasing frequency to some areas, it hasn’t been swift enough for those who have to contend with cars for riding space.
If biking to work in protected lanes were an option for you, would you been more keen to try it?