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Germany’s new Autobahns — for bikes

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.