Up, Up and Away

German cities are clogged by commuter cars every single day.

London was clogged by commuter cars every single day.

Then, London banned car traffic from the inner city. Now, the City decided to invest more than 1 billion Euros (yeah, that’s a one with 9 zeros to it, right), over the next 10 years. And that invest will go into … you won’t believe it, but it will go into bicycle infrastructure.

The project is called SkyCycle and Sir Norman Foster signed up for planning the whole thing. You may wonder whether this is actually the real reason behind the spending size. Well, even if – it’s still a huge project, and if London is going to realize it, it’s going to be huge in more than one sense of the meaning.

London cyclists will soon ride their bikes with more than their noses high up in the air

But the first of these concepts it will not be: Dutch cyclists can already ride their bikes high above the jammed or not-quite-so-jammed motorized traffic. On what’s called Hovenring, a roundabout located in Eindhoven.

And it’s not only a very useful addition to the bike culture and traffic infrastructure of Eindhoven, it’s also a rather graceful construction. Wouldn’t be too surprised, if it would attract tourists that aren’t necessarily bike packers or commuter bikers themselves.

Especially at night, it must really be a sight for sore eyes – Eindhoven, also called The City of Lights (as it is the home of Philips‘ headquarters …), can pride itself of an illuminated traffic and industrial monument of modern times that received an accolade of one of the finest magazines of photography, National Geographic:

Honored by the National Geographic: The City of Lights' most spectacular monument, Hovenring at night

Oh, and here is a picture of Frankfurt, Germany, and the situation bikers are in there.

picture courtesy of Frankfurter Rundschau online (http://www.fr-online.de/rhein-main/zu-viel-laerm-in-frankfurt-tempo-30-auf-hauptverkehrsstrassen,1472796,3138814.html)

The city of Frankfurt does contemplate to lower the speed limit to 30 km/h. To lower the noise of motorized traffic, not to make this a more bikeable, eh, likeable, city.

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