Gallery: Architects Envision Future of Bike Sharing in Copenhagen

In order for bike share programs to catch on in cities around the world, there needs to be an effective system in place to make it easy for riders to find and use the bikes. RAFFA Arhictecture & Design has developed a city-wide bike sharing plan for Copenhagen that could increase ridership from 37% up to 50% by 2015. The green transportation system features real-time GPS tracking, an online reservation system, and attractive bikes that can be stored anywhere -- even atop lamp posts!

In order to significantly increase bicycle commuting, RAFAA figures that the city of Copenhagen would need approximately 25,000 bicycles. Along with the increased number of bikes, you need a lot of storage (about 20,000 sq meters) and an advanced method for tracking the bikes. RAFAA proposes installing a GPS tracking system in addition to a wireless networking system, so the bikes are connected to both each other and to a large reservation system. This will help enable the city to more accurately judge where bikes should be placed. The online system would also allow riders to reserve bikes before their arrival, say at a train station, and bikes can be checked out with a credit card or a Maestro card.


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  1. Jaikarran Harris September 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Happy for all bikers

  2. neddyseven July 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The design visually looks great and adds an artistic flair to the pavement scene.Certainly a step in the right direction. In practical terms it mean it cant be used effectively by pedestrians so in my opinion defeats the object as you might as well just have standard bike racks. It needs to be taken a step further and virtually completely sunk into the pavement with a weather proof rubber seal. So its flush, then it would impair pedestrian traffic.

  3. maya April 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    this looks great

  4. San Francisco Announces... October 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    [...] Area bike-lovers, rejoice — a $7.9 million bike-sharing pilot project will roll out next year in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View and [...]

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