Pho­to Cred­it: Cre­ative Commons

Near­ly one third of the res­i­dents of Copen­hagen already com­mute to work by bicy­cle, trav­el­ing more than 750,000 miles each day. City offi­cials are hop­ing to increase those num­bers by build­ing a ‘bicy­cling super­high­way’ of 26 new bike routes con­nect­ing more of the sub­urbs to the city.

The first of these high­ways was com­plet­ed in April, with new inno­va­tions in the works for the upcom­ing and exist­ing cycling lanes. Cyclists there can soon expect to see spe­cial­ized stop lights, air pumps at every mile mark­er in case of flat tires, and foot rests at traf­fic lights. Each high­way is expect­ed to cost the city $1 mil­lion, but the pro­gram is esti­mat­ed to save their health­care sys­tem more than $60 mil­lion in the long run and add more than 15,000 new cyclists to the road.

[Via: NPR]