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150,000 take to Berlin streets to aid call for better cycling infrastructure

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Sunday was World Environment Day and cyclists in Germany and further afield helped participate in the world’s largest cycle ride in Berlin to promote the day.

An estimated 150,000 participants took part on the day in a mass cycle ride under the slogan ‘Free rides for free bikes’.

Organisers set up 19 different bicycle routes in a star shaped formation which all led into Berlin’s city centre and culminated at the Brandenburg Gate. The routes covered 1,000 km in total.

Julian Fischer, a member of the German Cycling Club, which helped organised the event, said the aim of the event was to publicise a call for better cycling conditions in Germany as well in other European countries.

Mr Fischer told German media outlet Press TV that as there were more people riding bikes in Germany there needed to be better infrastructure for bicycles.

Watch the YouTube video below for film of the event.





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Peter June 8, 2011 at 2:14 am

That’s a lot of bikes!
Of all the countries I have cycled in I found Germany by far the best. There are bike lanes everywhere and motorists actually give way and look out for cyclists (mostly because of the liability rules).

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James - Going Going Bike June 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

Peter, that’s interesting to hear that Germany is such a good place to cycle…It makes me think we should create a European league table of best cycling countries countries.

I would put France, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark all above the UK…any thoughts?

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