“State relies on bicycle highways for commuters”
Germany has ramped up its budget for bicycle lanes from 60 million to 100 million euros per year, Rheinische Post reports. In 2017, 25 million euros will for the first time be exclusively devoted to “small bicycle highways” that allow cyclists to reach their destination “much quicker without traffic lights and intersections”, Norbert Barthle, state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI), told the newspaper. The bicycle has experienced a “boom in Germany”, as people started to view them as an “alternative to the car in traffic jams or overcrowded regional trains”, Barthle added.
See the article in German here.
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