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Mobility in Berlin : In the street fight combines

Please, not another post on the topic of Cycling! Berlin has plenty of other problems. True! And yet, this comment must be. Because everyone who moves in Berlin on public road land - fill, whether by car, bike or by foot - all the books about it. The Narrowness of the city, the pace of everyday life, the lack of consideration of all - the streets of Berlin are already a powder keg, the patience of threads are getting shorter and shorter.

need an example? A cross somewhere in the middle. It is 16 o'clock, the sun is shining, all want to go home. Because the right-turn jamming on the sidewalk edge and the only existing Bicycle lanes, straight on, in front of rolls of cyclists, uses, finally, between the waiting cars gap.

The endure the motorists hard. A short Roar of the engine, a courageous honk, and boom: The rear wheel does not get a bat, just weak enough to throw the rider to the Asphalt. The add called the police, the accident and garnish the own perplexity with a "Thank you for the competent Senate administration!". A files characters more, that was it then but also.

incidents like this there are thousands in Berlin, every year. In a "special investigation of Bicycle accidents in Berlin" was one of the Berlin police 7.069 traffic accidents involving Cyclists in the year 2017. In 2016, it was still 7.495 accidents, a decline of 5.7 percent. And yet, Daily, be involved in Berlin 19 bike carrier from being stolen€ahrer in accidents, 47 per cent and almost half of all cases, they are regarded as the cause of the crash. Their situation improved only slowly: no excuse for improper behavior.

Even if it does not want to listen to a lot of cyclists: they are not just the pitiful, because unprotected David in the fight against the all-powerful, because of the armored Goliath. Cyclists in Berlin lambs are neither Innocence nor per se - because morally impeccable on-the-go - in the right.

Some of them mean, quite obviously, no single rule is also applicable road traffic regulations keep to the chagrin of all. Result: The stress level on the streets of the city increases, the radicalization is increasing on all sides. The other day a motorist screamed at a cyclist: "I wish you death!". What had always happened before: Where we live, when we wish each other to the death?

The Depressing part: It is so unnecessary! Motorists, cyclists and not to forget the pedestrians could walk in peaceful coexistence with each other and to separated from each other, protected each other. Currently, however, they are all together victims of the same failure: A city like Berlin, on the way to a metropolis with four million (!) Inhabitants, to be provided with a modern transport infrastructure.

This is not especially tragic, because Berlin in times in which more and more people are moving to the Use of cars in doubt - given away due to the circumstances, but of agreements (keyword TRANSPORT) - a huge Chance for real progress. The adoption of a mobility law, the generous marking of isolated cycle paths, but that doesn't help anyone, takes the own claim of a shift in Traffic to the point of absurdity.

as Long as cycle lanes marked under railings, Traffic lights not coordinated with each other, road users are pitted against each other, threatening the Situation to escalate further - every day, at every intersection. The price - last year, 45 people died in traffic accidents - is clearly too high.

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From really bad to bad Berlin Aufholer is "" in the Bicycle-friendliness

Jörn Hasselmann, Georg Ismar

on average, each Berliner daily approximately 70 minutes spent in the traffic, and covers about three ways - either by bike, by car, by Public transport or by foot. Here you will find the latest contributions and backgrounds to the topics of Bicycle traffic.

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