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πηγή: Stockholm Municipality
Four out of every commutes that are made within the city of Stockholm are less than ten kilometres in length. For such trips, bicycles are a great alternative. But, in order for this to be possible, it is necessary to have an infrastructure that is adapted to the needs of cyclists. The city is working to make bicycling in Stockholm more popular during all seasons of the year, while also improving traffic safety for cyclists. The goal is for Stockholm to become one of the leading cities for bicycling in Europe.
The number of commuters who bicycle to downtown Stockholm has more than doubled during the last 15 years and more than 150,000 residents of Stockholm now bike to and from work throughout the year. Of the total amount of vehicular traffic to the inner city, the proportion of cyclists has increased from four to eight percent. "If you bicycle, you will help to improve the city's air quality and decrease congestion – and by doing so, you will feel better and have more energy," says the city in one of its campaigns.
The infrastructure for cyclists has been improved in the following ways: new bicycle lanes have been constructed, existing bicycle lanes have been repaired and improvements have been made regarding traffic signals, parking for bicycles and availability of bicycle pumps. During the last year, significant investments have also been made in measures to improve traffic safety. Two examples of this are bicycle boxes and tests with red-coloured pavement at intersections that are particularly dangerous for cyclists. For more information about bicycling in Stockholm, please visit www.stockholm.se/cykling.
Bicycles-for-loan are used often
In 2006, the City of Stockholm started a bicycle borrow-and-return project. Although the first such bicycles were not available until 1 September, statistics show that on average, the bicycles were loaned out four times per day and the typical journey was 12 minutes in length. During 2007, the bicycles-for-loan project was expanded even further. Once it is fully implemented, there were will be 2,500 bicycles at 200 locations throughout Stockholm.
For more information about bicycles-for-loan, please visit www.citybikes.se