Will Berlin soon become the cycling capital?

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Following the example of many metropolises in Europe, Berlin is working rapidly on the development of bicycle paths and the improvement of the existing infrastructure. The leaders of the German capital pay great attention to this project because they want to encourage their residents in a healthy, active and climate-friendly way of moving.

Residents of this city, as well as all visitors, have recently been able to enjoy riding the bicycle path located in the very center of the city. The fact that they have an advantage in traffic also gives them a complete atmosphere, because in this part of the city, only residents of the settlement have a license to drive a car.

In order for cyclists and other road users to find their way around, bicycle paths are clearly marked, and the streets are additionally marked with bicycle symbols.

Cars, trucks and motorcycles can travel on bicycle streets, but only if this is marked with a special sign that “allows” the passage of street tenants and vehicles that have a valid reason for passing (emergency vehicles and the like).

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Another novelty is that cyclists can ride next to each other, and not behind each other, which is normally the rule on bike paths.

The maximum permitted speed is 30 kilometers per hour, and there are no special right-of-way rules on bicycle paths, unless otherwise regulated by traffic signs.

Modeled on the Superblocks of Barcelona, ​​Berlin wants cars to become only “guests” by building bike lanes, so that cyclists have advantages, which should contribute to a better quality of life, reduction of pollution, noise and better air quality.

Milica Radicevic

Source: Energetski Portal by energetskiportal.rs.

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