Integration

The majority of journeys in modern cities are multi-modal; they are undertaken by two or more different modes of transport. To make journeys as efficient as possible therefore, it is necessary to consider all forms of mobility in the city as part of the same network, and attempt to maximise the integration between them. For cycling, this means being able to keep your bike at your person wherever you go, and by whatever means you travel. Where this is not possible, it means being able to park it in a convenient way.

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Interior of cycle carriage on Copenhagen metro train / Image from bloomingrock.com

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Immediately recognisable exterior of cycle carriage / Image from flickr.com

In Copenhagen, this integration means having the capacity to store cycles on ferry boats, certain buses, and on overland city trains, in which cycles have their own carriage. Cycles can also be taken on the metro at slightly extra cost. Where taking your bicycle with you is not possible, or desirable, facilities are provided that help the transport node (of whatever type it may be), to become a mini bicycle node. This is done through the provision of extensive cycle parking, and facilities unique to cyclists like repair stations, pumping facilities etc.

 

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Pit stop at Denmark Technical University, tools provided and pump / Image by Author

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Air provided at supermarkets, alongside parking for regular and cargo bikes / Image from Marianne Weinreich