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Arthur Peabody 02-28-21 09:41 PM

Heidelberg (Germany) going biycle-friendly
 

  • Heidelberg is buying a fleet of hydrogen-powered
    buses, building a network of bicycle "superhighways" to the suburbs
    and designing neighborhoods to discourage all vehicles and encourage
    walking.

    Among the city's measures to make cars irrelevant are
    building bridges that would allow cyclists to bypass congested areas
    or cross the Neckar without having to compete for road space with
    motor vehicles.

    Cars are not banned from the Bahnstadt, but there is almost no
    traffic. Most streets are dead ends. Apartment buildings are arranged
    around generous courtyards with playgrounds and connected by
    walkways. The one street that cuts through the triangular neighborhood
    has a speed limit of 30 kilometers an hour, or less than 20 miles per
    hour. Bicycles have the right of way.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/b...vironment.html

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Pratt 03-05-21 11:44 AM

One of the comments on the article, by a resident of Heidelberg, indicated they were making it car unfriendly more than bike friendly. But, still, a move in the right direction.

rydabent 04-01-21 09:02 AM

It would seem that very large cities could make their down town area better is about every 5th street was bike and pedestrian only.

Flip Flop Rider 04-01-21 09:38 AM

leave it to the Germans to figure it out

mcours2006 04-01-21 11:27 AM

Car unfriendly = bike friendly, for all intents and purposes.

Rick 04-01-21 09:14 PM

I spent my last 13 months in the army in Deutschland. Other than an American Lieutenant intentionally running me down, the German people were very tolerant of bicycles. I had allot of fun there.

I-Like-To-Bike 04-01-21 09:24 PM


Originally Posted by Rick (Post 21996537)
I spent my last 13 months in the army in Deutschland. Other than an American Lieutenant intentionally running me down, the German people were very tolerant of bicycles. I had allot of fun there.

I lived in Deutschland for 10 years, the last 5 just outside of Heidelberg and I bicycle commuted approx 22km/RT to/from my job site in Heidelberg for all 5 years. It was a delight every day; car drivers were never a problem.

mr_bill 04-02-21 12:06 PM


Originally Posted by mcours2006 (Post 21995631)
Car unfriendly = bike friendly, for all intents and purposes.

Germany is VERY car friendly. AND bike friendly. (An occasional few blocks of a city without cars is NOT car unfriendly.)

Maybe we can learn something? Nah.

-mr. bill

mcours2006 04-02-21 07:08 PM

European and other-world attitude toward bicycles and cyclists different from North America, I suppose.:rolleyes:

I-Like-To-Bike 04-03-21 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by mcours2006 (Post 21997881)
European and other-world attitude toward bicycles and cyclists different from North America, I suppose.:rolleyes:

North American cyclists' attitudes (based solely on a reading of the posts on BF for the last umpteen years from strident "bicycle enthusiasts" and self described "serious cyclists") seem to be quite different from European cyclists' attitudes and behavior that I have encountered, towards motorists, as well as their negative attitude towards other cyclists who don't match their own profile of "need for speed" , training/fitness regimens, undue concern about the product and techniques of professional racers, and need for bicycling gadgets and technical clothing for daily cycling activities.

mcours2006 04-05-21 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike (Post 21998714)
North American cyclists' attitudes (based solely on a reading of the posts on BF for the last umpteen years from strident "bicycle enthusiasts" and self described "serious cyclists") seem to be quite different from European cyclists' attitudes and behavior that I have encountered, towards motorists, as well as their negative attitude towards other cyclists who don't match their own profile of "need for speed" , training/fitness regimens, undue concern about the product and techniques of professional racers, and need for bicycling gadgets and technical clothing for daily cycling activities.

Fair enough.


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