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A busy intersection somewhere in Copenhagen

Copenhagen to introduce the country’s first diagonal bike lane at a busy intersection

Copenhagen to introduce the country’s first diagonal bike lane at a busy intersection

The authorities describe the approach as a ‘non-traditional solution’

The increase in cycling traffic in Copenhagen has also caused new problems with traffic safety, especially at busy intersections crossed daily by thousands of cyclists and drivers.  Such is the case with the intersection of Ingerslevsgade, Skelbækgade and Dybbølsgade, near Dybbølsbro station. The technical authorities have thus proposed to establish a transverse two-way cycle path to connect the two-way cycle path on Dybbølsbro with Skelbækgade and Dybbølsgade streets.

This will make the first such solution in the country and the officials are sincere that it may cause something of a readjustment on part of the cyclists’ habits.

Bicycle traffic flow management

Dybbølsbro was expanded in 2019 to better handle the increased bicycle traffic that came as a result of the new connection across the harbour. Despite various optimizations and adjustments over the past year, the intersection, however, is still not sufficiently safe and secure for the many pedestrians and cyclists who move through it on a daily basis. 

Copenhagen’s Technology and Environment Councillor, Line Barfod, makes no secret of the fact that the upcoming connection with a two-way cycle path will require some getting used to. But she has a hope that the new installation will be better:

I can easily understand that many cyclists have experienced the transition as difficult and not very easy to decode. And there will be some new things you have to get used to even now, for example, that you have to place yourself in the right turn lane when you come from Dybbølsbro and go towards Dybbølsgade or Ingerslevsgade.”

She added: “But I hope that people will have patience despite the history and that in time it will be seen as a better solution. That is the best the experts have been able to come up with so far, and we must have done something about the problems.”

The administration has examined several different models, including a roundabout, but this solution is not possible, as, during rush hour, it will be disproportionately difficult for the buses and cars to get through.

The reorganization will involve the removal of a granite statue and the uprooting of two trees, as well. Two new trees, however, will be replanted nearby to preserve the eco-balance. Work can begin in August with a completion deadline set for the autumn.

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