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Cycling Paths Established in Iceland’s Capital

Approximately 90 kilometers of cycling paths will be established in Reykjavík in the next ten years, in addition to the ten kilometers which already exists, according to a new cycling plan approved by the Reykjavík City Council.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The plan also includes ways to promote this mode of transport, Morgunbladid reports.

Pálmi Freyr Randversson, a specialist in transportation within the city’s environmental and transport division, said it depends on the circumstances in each district as to what kind of cycling paths will be established, whether they will be adjacent to sidewalks or be “real” cycling paths alongside roads, as in Denmark.

Randversson said that although the project is expensive, now is the right time to execute it. “The number of cyclists in the city is definitely increasing. Everything encourages people to cycle, such as rising fuel prices and environmental factors, in addition to cycling being a good exercise.”

If ten percent of car trips were replaced by bicycles, the city’s streets would be spared 50,000 kilometers driven by motorized vehicles every day.

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