Mayor Welcomes Scandanavian Counterpart to the Island City

City of Alameda Lucy Gigli of Bike Walk Alameda, left, joined Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, center, and Mayor Morten Kabell of Copenhagen on Park Street on May 15. Kabell was in town to discuss his city’s efforts to make Copenhagen’s roads safe for all users.

On May 15, the day after Bike to Work Day, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer met with Copenhagen’s Environmental and Technical Affairs Mayor Morten Kabell to discuss his Danish city’s efforts to create safe roads for all users. The event, organized by Bike Walk Alameda, gave Spencer, city staff and members of the community the opportunity to speak with Kabell about the successes and challenges of creating safer streets for all roadway users. Kabell said that 45 percent of all Copenhageners commute to work or school by bicycle.

"Alameda is committed to making a network of roads that are safe, convenient and accessible for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists and those using personal mobility devices," Spencer said.

The city adopted a Complete Streets policy two years ago. Last February, it joined the national Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.

"It’s wonderful to work closely with Copenhagen, a city that leads the way in being livable, bikeable and walkable. We hope to continue this relationship with Mayor Kabell," Spencer said.

For more information on the national Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, visit www.dot.gov/mayors-challenge. For a copy of the city’s Complete Streets Policy, visit http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/public-works-key-documents.

Editor’s note: The City of Copenhagen is ruled by a group of mayors, headed by Lord Mayor Frank Jensen. Kabell is one of the city’s six other mayors who also include Carl Christian Ebbsenen, Pia Allersley, Ninna Thomsen, Jesper Christensen and Anna Mee Allerslery