Sweden and Denmark might be the most bike-obsessed nations in the world, and they’re out to prove it. Not content with the superior bike infrastructure they already have, they’re now giving cyclists a dedicated way to cross the maritime border that divides them.
Starting this summer, a new international ferry service will link Copenhagen with its Swedish sister city of Malmö, just across the Oresund strait, carrying up to 36 passengers and their bikes. It’s the first cross-border sea route designed especially for cyclists—though it will also accept bike-less passengers—and it should help rectify a minor misstep in the region’s transit. While Copenhagen and Malmö have been joined ever closer together since the opening of the Oresund Bridge in 2000, cyclists have been somewhat left behind.