This is What it's Like to Ride on Denmark's Bicycle Superhighway (Video)

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I spent a couple weeks in Denmark last year, during which I was able to thoroughly enjoy Copenhagen's unparalleled biking infrastructure. Half a million people commute by bike every day in the Danish capital, and for good reason—bike paths are ubiquitous, well-organized, and well-maintained.

Cruising around Copenhagen was probably the best urban biking experience I've ever had (though Stockholm's similarly amazing bike paths and a Paula Alvarado-led cycling tour of Buenos Aires make for close seconds). And I didn't even get to ride on its bike superhighway.

Probably because it wasn't built yet. It just opened in April, and the New York Times describes it:

Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump. For some Danes, this is the morning commute.

Susan Nielsen, a 59-year-old schoolteacher, was one of a handful of people taking advantage of Denmark’s first “superhighway” for bicycles on a recent morning, about halfway between Copenhagen and Albertslund, a suburb, which is the highway’s endpoint. “I’m very glad because of the better pavement,” said Ms. Nielsen, who wore a rain jacket and carried a pair of pants in a backpack to put on after her 40-minute commute.

But for an even better sense of what the bike superhighway feels like, just watch the video above, in which a Politiken journalist tests out the new path.

Beats being stuck in traffic.

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