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    National Cycling Plan 2002 to 2012. Measures to promote cycling in Germany

    National Cycling Plan 2002 to 2012 Measures to promote cycling in Germany

    http://www.bmvbw.de/English-Content-...02-to-2012.htm

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    >>>>>Cycle tourism has become an important factor for the attractiveness of Germany as a holiday destination. According to estimates, the annual turnover realized in the field of cycle tourism amounts to around 5 billion.<<<<<<

    This caught my eye. I don't know what 5 billion is in US dollars but would likely be a windfall for any city. It just goes to show you with some creative marketing, any city can do the same. Unfortunately, hotels usually cringe the moment you walk in with a bicycle and ask for a room.

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    Originally posted by Dahon.Steve
    [B I don't know what 5 billion is in US dollars but would likely be a windfall for any city. [/B]
    5 billion Euro is currently well over 5 billion US dollars. Around 5.5 I believe.

    Was this for all of Germany or a specific city. I have to believe it is for all of Germany. However that is still a huge number.

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    ... And it's a hell of a lot more in terms of Australian dollars, yet apart from Victoria, nobody in this country bothers making the effort to promote it. Yet our ailing tourism industry has just asked for a government hand-out to prop it up.
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    Was this for all of Germany or a specific city. I have to believe it is for all of Germany. However that is still a huge number.
    50 billion is NOT the amount of money they are going to get, it is the money Germany currently recieves from cycling tourist (Does anyone know if this is true, it seems hard to believe? Perhaps they are counting the tour and other pro-races)

    In the 2002 Federal Budget, 100 million are earmarked for the construction and maintenance of cycleways along federal roads.
    Within the framework of the Local Authority Transport Infrastructure Financing Act, the Federal Government uses funds from the mineral oil tax revenue
    Up to 50% of the costs for measures to promote cycling can also be financed from the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the EU's Interreg III Community Initiative
    I find it odd that an industry that creates 5 billion in tourism needs to tax mineral oil to raise 50 million to promote cycling tourism. I think if this were to happen in the USA we would tax the tourist.

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    Originally posted by ehenz
    Does anyone know if this is true, it seems hard to believe?
    That is the official site of German Ministry of Transportation. Do you think they may lie there?

    It is out of the question. If a German official lies intentionally, he is the dead man.

    Have you ever cycled in Germany? Try it. Then you would believe anything.

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