The route will eventually include more than 60 miles of bike highway, and could take 50,000 cars off the streets each day
It’s every cyclist’s dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany’s first bicycle Autobahn. Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors.
As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 60 miles. It will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm and four universities, running largely along disused railroad tracks in the crumbling Ruhr industrial region. Almost two million people live within 1.2 miles of the route and will be able to use sections for their daily commutes, said Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR.