Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Urban Studies

First Advisor

Garth Myers


Copenhagen is synonymous with biking culture, and is one of the first things people think about in relation to the Danish capital. It has become constructed as a policy model for urban planning, especially for cycling policy, and cities around the world look to it as a "best practice" example. As American cities attempt to change their transportation dynamics and encourage alternate forms of transportation, they increasingly look to cycling as a solution, and refer to Copenhagen as a model. In this thesis, I examine how this model has been packaged and exported by influential Danish consultants and public figures to American cities through the framework of urban policy mobilities. Stemming from policy transfer literature, the field of urban policy mobilities studies how urban policies travel around the world from city to city, and how they are received and reconstituted. I seek to understand the role that non-governmental actors have played in this process of policy transfer from Copenhagen to the United States, and to what extend the Copenhagen model has influenced cycling policies in American cities.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies.