Bike paths to Despair

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Many cities are building bike paths, which are hardly accessible: too narrow, with sharp curves or obstacles. SPIEGEL ONLINE has collected from readers particularly unusual examples.


Carsten Vitt

Carsten Vitt

Carsten Vitt

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    Monday, 19.11.2018
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    Cyclists need to be adaptable and responsive: they often do not know how the route which you can take, go to the next street corner. A curious example of the Berlin zig-zag cycle path, the cyclist abruptly at a right angle to corners.

    Unreasonable or perverse cycle paths, however, are the rule rather than the exception in Germany, says Stephanie Krohne from the cyclists ‘ Association ADFC: “This is because the least traffic, the politicians, have the guts, the car traffic place to take away. In addition, planners often have no experience in building Bicycle paths and know the road from the car-perspective.”

    Bollards and lamp posts on the Paths

    Therefore have to settle for cyclists in many municipalities and cities with a unique, simple and comfortable Travel often make it impossible. Cycle routes lead around sharp curves, too narrow, suddenly on car lanes or sidewalks, sometimes obstacles such as bollards or lampposts.

    Although there are provisions for the construction of bike paths and bike lanes, the “recommendations for Cycling facilities (ERA)”. “But these are Krohne in most States, not binding, are often ignored or to the minimum dimensions shrunk,” said ADFC-expert.

    So a Federal flick is produced carpet from bike paths and bike lanes, on – SPIEGEL ONLINE has collected very curious examples.

    Cycle route-madness in the cities

    Attention, bottleneck: A 60-inch-wide walkway in the peaceful Berlin-Reinickendorf to share pedestrian with cyclists. In addition, a light concentrated on the towel wide range. “Before and after, there is a reasonably acceptable cycle path, but cyclists have no way to know for sure on the already busy street to avoid,” says the Berlin-based David Jahn to MIRROR ONLINE. “Personally, I want to get down to this point, and sliding. If I langradle there, and the Moment a truck over, it would be super tight,” Jahn said.

    For the Brave: On the bow road in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, a Cycling leads to stripes in the middle of a busy intersection. There cyclists have to wait for the oncoming traffic, and then on a Bicycle in the direction of the University district route continue. A number of cyclists this Passage is, apparently, the creeps: stay on the car track, or use alternative pedestrian paths. “In theory, this intersection might work, maybe, in practice, is also given here, the Cycling is too little space and not a priority”, writes Dirk Lau from the ADFC Hamburg.

    Caution, light advance: often obstacles on bike paths, as here, a lamppost at the busy Kieler Strasse in Hamburg-Stellingen. Such potential accidents defuse the municipalities, although most of the time. In the case of road conversions built-in, always dangerous obstacles in bike lanes.

    Cars, makes you thin: In the small Dutch town of Meerssen, a car lane is partially on the narrow 50 centimeters, while the Cycling routes remain comfortable wide. The municipality wants to promote Cycling. Cars are allowed to drive over the dashed lines, however, as long as no cyclists are on the road. Questionable whether cyclists are protected.

    Let’s drive around the corner: The zig-zag cycle path in the Zehlendorf district of Berlin quickly became the Internet Hit. The marking on the pavement of the Leo-Baeck-Straße provided nationwide for laughs and ridicule. Internet users called the track “Tetris bike”, or wondered whether the art should be. Later, the zig-zag was eliminated-mark, in a Video you can watch BMX athlete Frank Wolf but still, he is acrobatic to the curves.

    A piece of cycle lane is better than nothing at all: On a country road in Brunswick, this approximately 30-Meter-long Mini-track that leads from the small village of Harvesse. “There’s a few stones were left,” writes SPIEGEL ONLINE readers Jochen Kleemann. Cyclists should switch from the paved Miniweg the right, apparently on the other side of the road, where a separate pedestrian and cycle path begins.

    On the sidewalk: An approximately 100-metre long cycle lane on the Esplanade in the centre of Hamburg, it abruptly ends, then it goes on to the sidewalk. Construction site signs, where they form additional obstacles, especially in the dark. “Safe and comfortable for cyclists, a continuous, wide cycle lane with safety strip”, so Dirk Lau from the ADFC Hamburg would be there too.

    Here, cyclists had to Dodge in the meantime: Dixie will be parked in the toilets again and again on bike paths, such as here at the Hoheluftchaussee in Hamburg.

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