Better conditions for urban life, cyclists and pedestrians in central Copenhagen  


The two streets Rømersgade and Linnésgade near Torvehallerne in Copenhagen have been paved with recycled cobblestone as part of a major transformation of the street spaces. Parking spaces have been removed to create greener urban spaces with bicycle parking and more room for recreation as well as pedestrians and cyclists. Similar construction work is now taking place on Vendersgade.

Rømersgade, Linnésgade and Vendersgade are located on the old ramparts between Ørstedparken and the Botanical Gardens. The cobblestone paving and increased greenery has given the streets a new visual appearance, supporting Copenhagen Municipality’s vision of creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists and a clear green connection between the two parks.

A total of 15 new trees have been planted on Rømersgade and Linnésgade and by introducing 3m wide "flex zones" reserved for trees among other things, the existing trees in and along the streets are highlighted. Wider pavements will increase accessibility for pedestrians and highlight the cobblestone pavement, which will help to slow down the pace and give the streets a more homogeneous visual appearance, reinforcing their identity as classic urban streets. The original cobblestone pavement that once covered the streets was hidden underneath the asphalt and all the stones have been reused in the renewal of the streetscape. The recycling, along with the use of electrically powered construction equipment, has helped to reduce the project's climate footprint.

32 parking spaces have been removed and the redesign of the street spaces supports the vision of increased accessibility and recreational space. The project has also provided space for outdoor catering for establishments in the streets, such as The Workers Museum on Rømersgade.

On Vendersgade, where construction work is now taking place, the physical layout of the street will also indicate that it is designed predominantly for so called soft traffic. The solution will support the street's function as an arterial road for cyclists, support pedestrian flow around Torvehallerne and create better space for the delivery of goods.

In addition to traffic improvements, Copenhagen Municipality wants Vendersgade to be climate adapted in a way that creates added value for users. The traffic and climate adaptation solution are linked in a holistic solution where traffic conditions are improved while a spatial and visible climate solution creates recreational opportunities.

The project is carried out in collaboration with SWECO and with Scheller, Hougaard & Petersen as paving contractor.

©Klaus Hybler