20 bike projects have raised millions for more bike paths. Important to promote cycling, the minister believes.
It should be more attractive to hop on the bike rather than take the car to work or for shopping.
Therefore, the government and the support parties SF, Enhedslisten and De Radikale have decided to invest 370 million kroner in 20 new bicycle projects along the state roads.
Minister of Transport Benny Engelbrecht (S) hopes that the improved cycle paths will mean that Danes – also outside the big cities – will use the cycle in everyday life.
– It is our goal that we should have more Danes to cycle. Both in town and on land. That is why it is also important that we invest in both places, says Engelbrecht.
– Therefore, it is good that we now set aside money for bike paths along the state roads, so we can make it safe and secure to take the bike in the country and maybe go from no bikes, to more bikes, he says.
An additional 150 million will go to co-finance bicycle projects on municipal roads. However, which projects will have money has not yet been determined.
The 20 projects along state roads that receive funding are spread across most of the country.
For example, a cycle path from Mejlby to Hald near Randers has received DKK 43 million, while a cycle path along Oddenvej on Sjællands Odde near Odsherred has received DKK 17 million.
The new cycle paths have been selected on the basis of a list prepared by the Danish Road Directorate of relevant cycle projects.
Here, it has been looked at where bicycle paths are most needed, and which projects have a clear plan and can be started quickly, says Engelbrecht.
According to Jens Peter Hansen, national chairman of the Danish Cyclists’ Association, it is time to invest in more cycle paths along the state roads.
– Some of the projects that get money are projects where citizens have struggled to get a bike path for really many years. Maybe for 30-40 years.
– So it is incredibly gratifying that more is now being invested in more bike paths along the state roads, so that fewer citizens have to risk lives and limbs if they want to take the bike, he says.
The Minister of Transport also emphasizes that for the government this is just the beginning of investing in cycling in Denmark.
– We recognize that there are still places where there is a need to invest more. These 20 projects were as far as the allocated money could go.
– But it is something we want to focus on in the future, he says.
The municipalities can apply for money for co-financing of municipal bicycle projects from the pool of DKK 150 million from the autumn.
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