Wants To Make Reykjavík "Dream City For Cyclists"

1.8.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
A new agreement made between The Icelandic Road Administration and the city of Reykjavík will lay down many kilometres of bike and walking paths throughout the city.

As those who live in and visit downtown Reykjavík know, cycling can be challenging at best. However, a new agreement made between the Icelandic Road Administration and Reykjavík could change all that.

According to the agreement, numerous connected bike and walking paths will be constructed across the city in 2013, with the road administration covering half the costs. The total cost of the project is expected to be about 2 billion ISK.

This map (.pdf file) shows, in blue, what course these new paths will take. These bike paths will be properly separated from car traffic.

Speaking to Morgunblaðið, city council chairperson Dagur B. Eggertsson told reporters that the goal with the project was to make Reykjavík "a dream city for cyclists". The city wants to give people more transportation choices, he said, by making cycling easier and safer.

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