Safety at Copenhagen’s Busiest Cycle Intersection

I got to talk with James Thoem, a Project Manager with Copenhagenize Design Company, about the key safety measures installed at what is claimed to be the world busiest cycle intersection with over 42,000 users per day.

Cyclists here get an advanced green light before cars, which keeps drivers from jumping ahead and competing to turn with cyclists. However, the powers that be in Copenhagen have also made sure to put drivers at ease by allowing their signal to remain green 6 seconds after cyclists must stop, giving up to 3 cars a chance to make the turn. For it to work smoothly and effectively, it means all users must obey the law. And they largely do.