Germany is an advance European country that has built a bicycle highway. The highway is 62-mile long and connects 10 main German cities as well as 4 German universities. It has an aim to make bicycling easier and taking around 50K vehicles off the main highways. Thus, the project is so wired and benefits everyone who wants to commutes over the bicycle.
The main idea behind the initiative sparked six years ago when suddenly, the main linking road between Duisburg and Dortmund had to be closed because of a cultural event. Germans are known to be healthy people and outnumbered the road riding on bikes, skates, and feet. However, it was as late as last December, when the highway was opened for the first time. The main goal is to link the bicycle-highway with 10 cities and 4 universities.
The bicycle highway is separate from the main highway, so it won’t get disturbed because of the main road traffic. It is 13 feet in width and has its tunnels, lights and snow clearing. This is mainly due to the reason that safety and accessibility are the two main issues for bikers in Germany. The European market has a greater tendency for electric bikes, and after this experiment by Germany, it is expected that more people will be attracted to this pedal-powered route. The bicycle highway is expected to help drastically in reducing traffic, pollution and other related issues.
It is not a new experiment in Europe as several other countries are already running similar projects. The first in the list was the Netherlands which started its 20 networks of bikeways 10 years ago. After that, they are continuously expanding the network. Denmark has already tried a similar project in its capital, Copenhagen. Norway has similar plans for connecting 9 cities with bicycle highway. Together, these countries are trying to reduce traffic and pollution problems.