In the world of today, the vehicles on street are almost always in a hurry. The fast world has demanded more of motor vehicles on street to race against time, and as a result, it has often ended up causing severe harm to nature and polluting the environment. In desperate times like these, we need to look for some other mode of commute that does increase our carbon footprint. Berlin has quite an exciting cycling strategy, and they do understand on some level that urban cycling enhances the quality of life and supports and promotes a healthy being. The German city of Berlin has steadily worked on developing practices that would bring 99% of the commuters on bikes, thus enhancing the bike culture and more importantly building a healthy and better tomorrow.
Cycling in Berlin is a significant form of transportation. The numbers supporting this statement are also astounding. Cycling accounted for 13% of total traffic in 2010 where on a daily basis the roads were occupied by near around 5 lakh cycles. Well, the records speak of the year 2010 and as it has been a long time since then, we can say almost a decade, and one can now only imagine the progress and development in the mode of transportation in a city which loves to cycle. The numbers are steadily rising in this city and the goal to convert 99% of the commuters to cycling may seem to be a dream within reach. But, more importantly the city works on planning to improve and provide more and more facilities that helps the cyclists. The city today has a highly developed bicycling infrastructure and it is estimated that it has 750 cycles per 1000 residents. With all the effort put in, among cities with more than one million inhabitants, Berlin is a metropolis with one of the highest rates of bicycle commuters in the world. Berliners now have access to 620 km of bike paths that include approximately 150 km of mandatory bicycle paths, 190 km of off- road bicycle routes, 60 km of bicycle lanes on the roads, 100 km of combined pedestrian/ bike paths and 50 km of marked bike lanes on the sidewalks. In addition to a variety of bike paths and bike lanes, there are also Fahrradstrassen (bicycle streets) where bikes have priority and vehicles are limited to 30 km per hour.
When the city does so much, it is natural for the citizens to opt for bicycles to travel more often. To keep the culture intact, the city plans on taking further steps that will enhance the cycling experience. The city plans on a number of cycling paths constructed along the side streets. It is also said that 100 km of bicycle highways will also be constructed to make travel easy for the cyclists. Cycling garages are also being built around the city to help people park their cycles safely such that the roads are not blocked and there remains no commotion in thinking about the safety of the cycle. Soon enough, private cars will be banned from Berlin’s 60 meter wide boulevard, which will be transformed completely just to accommodate flaneurs and cyclists. The German capital has a lot of exploring to offer but it can be best done on two wheels and that is what cycles are for. One may follow the former trail of the Berlin wall on cycles and just relive the historic moments of this great city. On cycles, the riders may come across several monuments and the paintings and street art done on the Berlin wall, and immerse themselves in the Berlin culture. If one wishes to explore berlin, buses might not be the best option. Taking a cycle and going across the entire city, even the paths less travelled by holds a lot for the visitors to explore. What helps the cause is that the entire city is almost flat, so cycling around the city is quite easy and does not consume much energy of the riders. Cycling is woven into the fabric of the city.
Yulu is very much inspired and proud of the Berlin bike culture and wishes to bring the same to India to help preserve the decaying environment and help solve the heavy traffic congestion on roads. Yulu is making more and more attempts at talking to the government and introducing more and more cycling lanes in the city. For now, scan and rent a cycle using the Yulu app and explore the unexplored lanes of your city.