Munich considers Autobahn for cyclists
Germany’s Autobahn is famous for accommodating autos with extremely high speed limits — and in some stretches, none at all. Adele Peters reports for Fast Company that Munich wants to extend this transportation model to bicyclists. A proposal under consideration would create two-way bike highways across Munich’s metropolitan region.
The network would feature uninterrupted connections from suburbs to the city center. Bridges and tunnels would enable users to bypass intersections. “With no crossroads or traffic lights, commuters could ride without stopping,” Peters writes. About 17 percent of Munich’s residents already use bikes in the city’s core, the article says. Ridership is much lower among suburbanites.
To become reality, the plan must overcome opposition from drivers and property owners. That’s because some streets, parking spaces and buildings would be replaced by bike lanes. Meanwhile, an urban design expert questions whether it’s logical to spend money on infrastructure for a relatively small percentage of commuters willing to bike long distances into cities.