Danish electric bike programme off to a slow start
Bycyklen, the city’s bike-sharing program has grown from 169,000 rides in 2015 to 933,000 last year. This year the effort seems to be on track for the same number of riders. Even so, public cycling still lags far behind the over 400 million private annual journeys taken by Danes each year, and it is hard to tell if the public programme is meeting its principal goal of inspiring people to take bike trips instead of using their cars. Copenhagen’s electric bikes are both ambitious and expensive. They all have a tablet on the handlebars that allows users to log in and unlock bicycles, manage their accounts, and navigate to a destination or find nearby docking stations.