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What's Different about Copenhagen?

posted May 7, 2013, 12:41 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated May 7, 2013, 12:45 PM ]
"In the 1950s Copenhagen was a city like any other, on the verge of being given over to the road engineering departments to expensively reshape the city for the single goal of working better as a road network.

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Fortunately something unusual happened – they decided that approach would not give the best long-term outcome for the people or the city. Instead of mega-roads they chose to keep transport alternatives alive, and foster them. 

Sometimes this involved major works and difficult choices, but more often it was just a matter of continually taking small and sure steps in an unwavering direction. 

Copenhagen is not the way it is because it is in Europe, nor because people there have an irrational fear of cars, but because they made that choice and they had leaders with the courage to stay true to the decision."

Jeff Dunn, President Bicycle Tasmania