Traffic Plan for Copenhagen’s Nørrebro District

Integrated Urban Renewal in Nørrebro is a five-year effort whose objective includes improving of a number of urban and street spaces in the district. The effort will affect the district’s traffic, and an overall view of the traffic situation is important for creating long-lasting improvements.


Customer: City of Copenhagen, Områdefornyelse Indre Nørrebro (Integrated Urban Renewal in Nørrebro) 

Period: 2015  


Sweco’s role: Lead consultant 

Other consultants: GBH Landscape Architects Landscape architect

Services: Neighbourhood analyses and assessments and the specification of solution proposals under the themes: traffic structure, urban life, cycling, safe ways to school, bus accessibility and parking. Analyses and assessments as well as solution proposals for selected streets and squares. Adaptation to climate change. Dialogue with residents.


The traffic plan was prepared as a collaborative effort involving the administrative unit of the Integrated Urban Renewal programme and relevant technical staff from the City of Copenhagen, as well as active local residents. They take part through relevant task forces set up under the auspices of the Integrated Urban Renewal programme.

The overarching vision of the traffic plan is for Inner Nørrebro to be a pioneering example of how an attractive, green neighbourhood can co-exist with the cars, bicycles and traffic of a big city. The vision is the result of the Integrated Urban Renewal programme’s initial dialogue with residents in the neighbourhood, compared to the traffic policy visions of the City of Copenhagen.

The vision gives high priority to tolerance, to green, people-friendly urban environments and concern for the environment, but also focuses on qualities such as accessibility, availability and safety. These values automatically generate a number of priorities such as a predilection for pedestrians and cyclists and their conditions, street environments of high recreational value, and the appreciation of eco-friendly modes of transport.

Based on a description of existing conditions with an associated formulation of the problem, the following themes were dealt with: urban life and connections for pedestrians and cyclists, structural traffic proposals, safe ways to school, parking, adaptation to climate change, and more specific proposals for a wide range of site-specific regulations and rebuilding.

Part of the project included a series of workshops involving local residents and interest groups which profoundly influenced the solutions proposed.

After the approval of the Integrated Urban Renewal's steering committee, the final version of the traffic plan was completed in September 2015.