PHOTO: It's about to be easier to bike in Berlin. (photo via Flickr/Axel Kuhlmann)
If you are looking for the best way to get around Berlin, a bike might just be it.
In a bid to reduce traffic pollution and congestion and encourage those driving short distances to ride a bike, the Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Change came up with a solution, says a new report in Smithsonian.com.
They have created a network of roads just for bikes.
“The 13 long-distance bike routes will each run 3.1 miles at a minimum, writes Sullivan, and they will require cyclists to stop for no more than 30 seconds to accommodate intersections or lights. Like a superhighway, they’ll be super wide, too—at least 13 feet across,” writes Erin Blakemore.
This isn’t Germany’s first foray into the development of bike routes. The Ruhr Valley has its own network.
“It’s a similarly sized thoroughfare that the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia now considers to be a type of infrastructure,” writes Blakemore.
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Blakemore also points out that Germany isn’t even the only country to conceive of such a superhighway for bikes. A couple of U.S. states have their own ideas for bike routes, such as Texas and North Carolina.
For more on how these bike superhighways can enhance a city, read on here.