German Bike Highway connects 10 Cities
Germany’s bicycle Highway will to provide over 100km miles (62 miles)of car-free bike travel when it is completed. The route will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm as well as four universities.
Abandoned railroad tracks will be used to create into wide bike-only roadways in the Ruhr industrial region. A regional development group working on the project, RVR, conducted a use study and determined the new bike highway should take 50,000 cars off the road each day, since nearly two million people live within two kilometers (1.24 miles) of the route.
Bicycle highways in Europe are typically around four meters (13 feet) wide, with passing lanes, and overpasses and underpasses for crossroads. Just like roads intended for car traffic, the bike highway have their own streetlights and are cleared of snow in the winter.
The idea for the 62-mile bike highway was inspired seven years ago when a cultural project caused the closure of a road between Duisburg and Dortmund for 24 hours. On that day, three million people took to the road on bikes. It was then the city officials knew citizens would take advantage of an environmentally friendly autobahn if it was constructed.
Does this kind of cycling infrastructure exist in your city?