Bike tracks for Berlin

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Berlin’s annual ‘Fahrradsternfahrt’ is just around the corner. Tomorrow morning, tens of thousands of cyclist will be travelling along the AVUS, a former racing track and now a normal motorway in Berlin. Cyclists are only allowed to use this route once a year, making it a very special occasion.

So what is it all about? Featuring numerous international eco-organisations, this occasion promotes environmental action, such as sustainable consumption and climate-friendly innovations. The demand for proper bike tracks (‘Fahrradspuren’) in the capital will be a further paramount issue – after all, you can’t be expected to act green and cycle everywhere without safe bike tracks. It is actually surprising that the Berlin government hasn’t got round to creating them so far, particularly when looking at the sophisticated systems of other German cities. This could be a reflection of the capital’s current financial difficulties. But perhaps the Fahrradsternfahrt tomorrow will spur things on so that Berliners can soon enjoy the summer months on their two-wheelers as well.

By the way, the Fahrradsternfahrt also takes place in Hamburg every year and is an initiative of the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club – General German Bicycle Club).

Via Neues Deutschland