The City of Copenhagen has been quite thorough in its effort to accommodate bicycles across the city. Just a small bit of asphalt can go a long way.
This photo is from Israel Plads, the square just beside the Danish Cycling Federation.
While the picture shows us just a small slathering of concrete that looks hastily poured and less than perfect, the asphalt aids bicycles as they transition from the square to the roadway.
This transition is found just before the bridge across the lakes on Nørrebrogade, the street featured in the video below. This transition is smoothed over to provide access in both directions across the intersection and onto the sidewalk.
The asphalt is a small price to pay for increasing the efficiency of cyclists throughout the city.
The number one reason people bicycle in Copenhagen--more than 50% responded this way in the most recent bicycle account--is because bicycling through the city is easy and efficient.
The asphalt transitions demonstrate that being bicycle friendly often does not require tons of money or sophisticated engineering. Just a little bit of asphalt, carefully placed, and thoughtfully installed.