Germany’s new Autobahns — for bikes

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  • Published Jan. 4, 2016
The planned 100km bike Autobahn in Germany will run largely along disused railroad tracks in the crumbling Ruhr industrial region. Photo: AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Bummed that Uber had to pull out of Frankfurt? Ride a bike. That city is part of a project already underway in Germany to create bike Autobahns. Unlike that country’s traditional two-lane bike paths, which often merge with traffic, the bike Autobahns will avoid auto roads with overpasses and underpasses. They’ll also feature snow plowing, lights and, in proper Autobahn fashion, lanes for overtaking slower riders.

Germany has just opened the first five kilometers of a 100-kilometer network that will eventually connect 10 cities. Frankfurt and Munich will have their own internal bike Autobahns, and Berlin is exploring one, as well.



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