Jeanette Fitzsimons

Copenhagen Diary #3

by Jeanette Fitzsimons

Copenhagen has a public  transport system to die for.

With a population similar  to greater Auckland, although covering much less space, it has a new (2002) metro that is very  fast and I’ve never had to wait more than 4 minutes even though I’m near the end of the line. It is comfortable, quiet, clean and people use it  to capacity. It doesn’t cover the whole city, but does of course go to the airport and connects well with the older surface train system  and the buses.  Changing lines is no trouble.  Denmark has  excelled in planning for the visitors -  electronic signs that tell you  how long to the next train also tell you which one delegates to COP 15 should take.

And the whole system is free to delegates which saves the hassle of working out what ticket to buy and how to buy it.

There are cycle lanes along all the roads, between road and footpath. Not a good place to  stand and get your bearings – there are so many cyclists using them you’d be knocked down in 30 seconds.

It all seems so sensible and straight forward – why is it so desperately hard to get decent transport systems in NZ?

Oh, I forgot – motorways are so much more important.

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Jeanette Fitzsimons on Wed, December 16th, 2009   

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