The “National Cycling Plan 2020 – Joining forces to evolve cycling” guides and informs the development of cycling across Germany:

However, most initiatives are drawn up at a regional and local level. The cities of Münster, Kiel and Freiburg have become trendsetters, while large cities like Munich or Berlin are quickly catching up in terms of quality of infrastructure and share of cyclists:

Cycling is a focus area of the transport development strategy in Leipzig: Cycling development strategy 2010 – 2020 for the City of Leipzig (German language only).

“Recommendations for Cycling Infrastructure” provide the legal and technical basis for construction of cycling infrastructure. An overview on relevant design guidelines and practices can be found here:

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • More than 10 % of all journeys are made by bike?
  • the number of bikes per capita is 0.9?
  • more than 90 million kilometres are travelled by bike per year?
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Video of cycling in Münster, Germany