Climate Change and bicycle

Considering transport behavioral responses to adverse weather, bicycle is probably the most exposed to risk – as well as pedestrian mobility. There is some evidence that changes in temperature, precipitation and wind affect utility attached to bicycle use: rainfall and both low and very high temperatures decrease the number of cycling trips. This pattern appears to be fairly general; low temperatures, strong wind and precipitation have a negative impact on the use of the bicycle.(Koets, Rietveld, 2009)

Anyway bicycle lane could offer the chance to provide an integrated climate proof and resilient urban infrastructure. Copenhagen is using existing space for rainwater management in extreme weather conditions and, while we’re at it, improving infrastructure for the city’s cyclists.

The Copenhagenize Current involves digging trenches under existing cycle tracks, implementing precast, concrete containers and covering them with pre-fab, concrete slabs. It is a basic cut and cover operation. On streets without adequate space for wide medians that can be dug out and act as reservoirs for stormwater, the Copenhagenize Current can act as an incredibly efficient, high-volume system to expedite the drainage of streets and lead water away from vulnerable areas.