Friedrichstrasse becomes car-free
From early June to late November, Friedrichstrasse is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists . That is twice as long as originally planned. More in the text by my colleague Stefan Jacobs.
Daily mirror | Stefan Jacobs
Highway to Hellersdorf
How should the new cycle expressway be called?
By Ingo Salmen
38 Kilometers of cycle path from 2024: The Senate is looking for a name for the new route to Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Your ideas, please!
That's one great project, what the Senate traffic administration got there: 28 kilometers, the quick bike connection from Spandau through the city center should long to the subway station Hönow, 13 Kilometers of it will lead through Lichtenberg and Marzahn-Hellersdorf.
“This creates one of the longest fast cycling connections in Germany,” said State Secretary for Transport Ingmar Streese (Greens). Above all, it should connect residential and working quarters and be a convenient route to the center, on which pedals are slowed down as little as possible. The preferred route is based on these requirements.
The Senate is now looking for a name for the route in the east. Well, that can't be that difficult. We can think of something. “Highway to Hellersdorf” for example (thanks, BVG advertising!), Maybe also “Spandau-Marzahn-Magistrale” or simply: “transit route”?
Do you have an idea? Please send us by email Your suggestions to the Tagesspiegel newsletter for Marzahn-Hellersdorf – we will also forward you to the traffic administration. And don't think too small: at the Hönow underground station there is a connection to the Europaradweg R1 and thus to St. Petersburg.
To the entire article by Ingo Salmen and to the graphic:
This is a terrific project, which the Senate Department of Transport has sparked: 38 The fast cycling connection from Spandau through the city center to the subway station Hönow should be long, 13 Kilometers of it will lead through Lichtenberg and Marzahn-Hellersdorf. “This creates one of the longest fast cycling connections in Germany,” said State Secretary for Transport Ingmar Streese (Greens).
Daily mirror | Ingo Salmen
How safe bike paths can look like
In Berlin almost three kilometers of protected bike paths are ready – green painted and polled. What are they good for? Food for thought from all over the world.
In June Berlin's mobility law will be two years old. The road map for a safe bicycle city has so far not reached the streets. Rather, bad accidents give reason to rethink cycling in everyday life. People are hit on the bike with shocking regularity and seriously injured. Five cyclists have already died this year.
Just under three kilometers of the promised protected bike paths the Senate has completed by February, but with these few visible results of the new policy, some questions arise.
Read more here.
Indoorcycling – You can also overdo it!
Technical progress does not stop at us cyclists either. Nevertheless: Real mountains and real wind still feel different.
by MICHAEL WIEDERSICH
The subject of e-sports is now omnipresent even among ambitious cyclists. Modern people “tweak”, do “indoor cycling”, sweat in the “pain cave”. The crowd of those who improve their fitness on the racing bike at home is steadily increasing. When it is dark outside, you can still indulge in your hobby. And there is no danger of being overlooked by a driver in traffic. This year there will even be a virtual world championship of the UCI world cycling association for the first time. But that was not always the case.
Back then, in the analogue time, when the winters were still long and cold and the computers were as big as Closets were, cycling in the four walls was a joy-free affair. Your own racing bike was placed on a frame consisting of three wheels. Then it took a little skill, overcoming and a good sense of balance in order to be able to hold onto it permanently.
It was important, in any case to keep the rollers moving. Of course there was also a bracket, but everyone who kept something on himself drove without this aid.
When you finally got the basic course had successfully completed roller-skating training for two hours or more was not a real pleasure. At the latest after 15 minutes The sweat was pouring and the seat was dead. If you didn't want to stare at the wall all the time, turn on the television and let series, films or, best of all, a cycling broadcast motivate you to do longer training sessions.
In addition to being boring, roller-skating was one thing in particular, and quite loud. The melange of the roll noise when pedaling and the television set to far above room volume was sometimes a real hardness test for the tolerance threshold of the neighbors. Between November and February, training on the roll was only used by particularly ambitious racing drivers.
But of course, technical progress also makes us ahead Cyclists do not stop. The latest craze are ergo trainers, some of which are reminiscent of an Imperial Shuttle from Star Wars. Your own racing bike is clamped there without the rear wheel, and off you go on a wild ride. If you are looking for a challenge, go for a training session with like-minded people in virtual worlds or take part in bike races. On gradients, the braking performance of the mountain is automatically simulated, and when you drive over cobblestones you notice a slight shake. The training is no longer just sweaty, but also demanding.
Of course, I also went with the times and call them Utensils my property. When it storms and rains outside, I'm drawn to the Ergo-Trainer. Equipped with a laptop, tablet and projector, I set up my personal training center in the wifi-optimized basement. Fans are also mandatory. They provide the heated body with a little cooling.
Police protect cyclists
The Berlin police are trying to sensitize drivers with special checks of parked bike lanes and dangerously turning cars.
Daily mirror | Jörn Hasselmann
Pankow is planning new bike routes to 2023
Do you live in Pankow? Then you could soon be a resident of a bicycle street. Especially in city locations, they should now be set up – we have the list.
How to cycle safer
There are a lot of accessories that improve the safety of cyclists the road should increase. But not everything makes sense – and some things are even forbidden.
A monster stipulates what makes a bike fit for the road: the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations, or StVZO for short. It says that, for example, a “light-colored bell” must be installed or, in addition to lighting and “two brakes acting independently of one another, also various reflectors.
Business around the bike is booming, the variety of models is increasing and that of accessories with more and more safety features. Thus, turn-on turn signals for the back of the hand appear on the net, which are supposed to serve as direction indicators like blinking gloves or small rear-view mirrors, which fit on the forearm like a fitness bracelet. “For me, a lot of what you can get is gimmicky,” says David Koßmann from the Pressdienst-Fahrrad (pd-f). Many things can also make cycling safer.
As a small all-rounder, manufacturer Livall markets the BH 51 M Neo (approx. 170 Euro). Illuminated all around, for example, it can blink. To indicate the direction of travel via LEDs on the back, simply press a button on the handlebar remote control. Built-in speakers reproduce navigation announcements, music or calls from the cell phone. When braking, the rear light on the helmet lights up brighter.
A similar product is the Lumos helmet (approx. 250 Euro) from the USA with customizable matrix taillight, which can also be used as a direction indicator. Even the backpack with direction indicator is already available – from Roadwarez (approx. 230 Euro).
Such helmets can also weaken dangerous rotational forces.
Trek Marketing Manager Guido Anderwert
The helmet companies emphasize a certified protective function of their products. Trek-Bontrager wants to have improved them again with a newly developed honeycomb structure inside the helmet, called WaveCel. “Such helmets are not only able to absorb the straight-line impact energy in the event of a fall, but can also weaken dangerous rotational forces,” says Trek Marketing Manager Guido Anderwert. The WaveCel helmets (from 150 Euro) would offer a higher protection against concussions.
Many products are real miracles. Laser light reflectors are a kind of modern variant of the old fold-out pennant for the luggage rack, says Koßmann, “an attention gadget.” The often compact parts are attached to the rear of the bike and project lines onto the floor to provide a safe space for the cyclist on the road to mark. Several manufacturers offer such laser projectors.
In general, battery-operated lighting systems can now be used on all bicycles. However, all the illuminants attached need a test number consisting of a wavy line, the letter “K” and a sequence of numbers. “If the bike is not properly equipped and traffic safety is significantly impaired, there is a risk of fines,” informs the Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) on its website – in violent cases up to 80 euros and a point in Flensburg.
Caution is advised with turn signals that are fixed to the bike, such as the wing lights from Cycl (from 20 Euros), which are inserted into the ends of the handlebar, or displays for the seat tube. Turn signals are only allowed on multi-lane bicycles, for example recumbent tricycles. But “additional lighting on the helmet, backpack or bags is allowed and may also flash”, says the pd-f.
Legally speaking, reflector surfaces on cycling clothing, leg warmers, overshoes or backpacks do not replace the prescribed reflectors, but they can have a similar or better function. With the Commuter Daypack from Ortlieb (approx. 200 Euro) an all-around reflective yarn over a large area for good visibility in the dark. Another fully reflective backpack is the Luminant Bag from Oak 25 ( approx. 130 Euro).
One of the accessories that should prevent accidents is the Trigger Bell (approx. 12 Euro), which enables simultaneous ringing and braking with one hand movement and is intended to shorten the braking distance. Or Garmin's distance radar, which shows traffic on the rear of the handlebar display or compatible bike computer.
Even a cell phone holder, such as Quad Lock or brass beater in the program increases safety. Because holding and using the devices while driving carries risks like in a car – and is prohibited.
The Livall helmet mentioned at the beginning can also make an emergency call. Such functions are provided by special sensors that register movement, inclination, acceleration and falls. Appropriate technology is also used by the Hövding airbag helmet or the B'Safe airbag vest from the Helite brand (approx. 690 Euro). In the event of an accident, the air cushion of the vest should inflate at lightning speed and protect the upper body from the impact energy.
Half e-bike, half plane
It looks like you are pedaling across the water with a bike. A futuristic vehicle comes from New Zealand, the “Hydrofoil Bike”. Behind it is the inventor Guy Howard-Willis. He is said to have had a dream: to cycle between the dolphins in the sea. Together with the bike designer Rolando Alonzo, he further developed the idea.
After eight years with prototypes and various models, there is the water bike too to buy. The minimalist wheel with wings and propeller is almost half an e-bike, half an airplane. It lifts out of the water while pedaling. The glide is reminiscent of the boats at the “America's Cup”.
According to the manufacturer, the bike can be used in lakes, rivers and at sea. “It takes some practice and discipline, much like cycling,” explains Howard-Willis. In other words: First you fall into the water, as can be seen in a video. The whole thing costs a multiple of normal bikes: In Europe around 6600 Euro. It should be delivered from April, the first batches are already sold out according to the manufacturer's website. (dpa / LL)
The weather, a topic in itself
Our columnist is committed to a pronounced rain allergy. Nevertheless, it can sometimes not be prevented that he gets wet on the bike. That's why he provides.
All year round under power
With these tips you can safely get through the e-bike Winter.
Despite cold, ice and snow: more and more people use in winter the bike. This also applies to electric bikes. Basically there is nothing to be said against cycling at freezing temperatures. On the contrary, and with these tips you can also get through the winter on an e-bike.
Be careful when starting off
What applies to motorists, cyclists should not either disregard: the road conditions in winter are sometimes tricky and require an adapted driving style. Especially when starting off, the motor support on a damp or icy road can cause the driven wheel to slip faster, says René Filippek from Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad Club (ADFC). “Careful starting is particularly important here – possibly even with the engine switched off.”
In addition, the speed should be reduced. Because pedelecs can generally be accelerated and braked more powerfully by the motor support. “This is not a good idea in winter and can lead to falls more quickly,” says Filippek. A defensive and forward-looking driving style with well-dosed brakes is therefore even more important in the cold season.
Meanwhile there is also ABS for e-bikes
Technical support can be provided by an anti-lock braking system (ABS), which is now also available for e-bikes. “The control unit of the anti-lock braking system is located on the front of the handlebars and works in a similar way to motorcycles: it regulates the braking force in slippery road conditions,” explains Tamara Winograd from Bosch. According to a study by Bosch accident research, 29 percent of all accidents with pedelecs prevented if all e-bikes were equipped with ABS.
diving suit for the battery
The heart of the electric bike is the electric motor with battery. So that enough electricity is available for the journey, the motto for the winter is: keep warm. “Because an e-bike battery is sensitive to temperature and can therefore lose capacity, it should always be kept at room temperature and only used again shortly before the next trip,” advises Winograd. The battery should also be charged better in the warmer living room than in the cold garage, as this allows the full battery capacity to be used and the optimum service life is preserved.
The “comfortable temperature” of an e-bike battery is between 10 to 25 Degree. In order to get close to this temperature range even in winter, David Koßmann from the Press Service Fahrrad (pd-f) recommends the use of a good protective cover, such as that in weatherproof neoprene quality for around 20 euros there. “With these protective covers, you can protect the battery from dirt and moisture and help it to reach and maintain the ideal operating temperature.” In this way, the loss of capacity can be reduced at least a good bit. Neoprene protectors are also available for the bare contacts of the battery holder, when parking or transporting the bike with the battery removed.
The following applies to the engine: less is more
When it comes to engine support, a gear should be shifted down in winter. “For reasons of traction alone, it is not recommended to start in turbo mode. Moderate support also saves electricity, which in turn also benefits the range, ”says Koßmann. Most electric bikes have their motor in the middle, which is less problematic for traction. Pedelecs with a front hub motor, in particular, should only be used with extreme caution on slippery and slippery surfaces.
With less pressure and special tires
It is also safer in winter when the saddle is set a little lower. Because if you slip, your feet will be on the floor faster. However, if you drive many kilometers in winter, you risk knee problems – and because of the routine, you usually do not need this measure. Another tip from the specialist: slightly reduce the air pressure in the tire. “This ensures a larger contact area and more grip on the road,” says Filippek. However, the minimum pressure specified on the side of the tire should not be fallen below.
In addition, winter tires for pedelecs are a good way to increase driving safety. Here Koßmann has the same recommendation as for motorists: O to O, i.e. October to Easter. “The winter tires have a coarser profile and, above all, have a cold-resistant rubber compound. On a regular e-bike up to 25 km / h Spike tires are also allowed. ”However, it is not easy to replace the tires or complete wheels, since pedelecs fall under the machinery directive, according to which many parts must be certified by the manufacturer as suitable for e-bikes. It is therefore advisable to always consult a specialist workshop when changing tires.
Exercise and care are better
Experts advise casual riders in particular to complete safety training on the e-bike. “Cyclists can gain a lot more safety and self-confidence through such technical courses,” says Koßmann. If the first snow falls, it is also helpful to do a trial round in a restricted traffic area.
By the way, it is also particularly important in winter Care of the e-bike. If the bike is wet and heavily soiled after riding on winter roads, it is essential to remove mud and salt residues with water, the ADFC recommends. The bike should then be parked in a dry and warm place. (Claudius Lüder, dpa)
The perfect winner
Moreno De Pauw won the six-day race and ended his cycling career with 28 years. His adversaries regret this very much.
Daily mirror | Martin Einsiedler
From India for the six-day race
The six-day race has become more international. An example: Esow Alban from India, who usually trains on the streets of New Delhi in the early morning.
Six-day race participant Esow Alban is one of the world's best Young drivers. He trains under sometimes bizarre conditions in New Delhi.
Daily mirror | Martin Einsiedler
Wheel column “Runaway”
Our columnist Michael Wiedersich also dealt with the six-day race in his cycling column:
In the past, everything was better, and that's why ours found it Columnist the six-day races from gray times much more exciting. Everything A matter of taste, right?!
Chasing records at the six-day race
“I find it impressive and tremendous when 200 Kilos at this speed move on the track “- Robert Förstemann and Kai Kruse go full throttle at the six-day race.
Robert Förstemann wants to go to Olympia. But first he did with his Partner Kai Kruse on the Para-Tandem a big goal in the Velodrom.
Daily mirror | Sebastian Schlichting
Doping Practices in Cycling
With a book on doping practices in cycling, Rudy Pevenage caused a stir. The former T-Mobile team boss went to work with sophisticated methods.
Six-day races in Berlin
The six-day race in Berlin starts on Thursday. The defending champion is there with a new partner:
Why those responsible for the six-day race this time are so big Had difficulties in signing up the driver field.
Daily mirror | Sebastian Schlichting
Cargo bikes remain a trend
Nimble, flexible and environmentally friendly – cargo bikes are still on the rise. In addition to families and delivery services, artisans also discover their advantages. The cycling associations are still not completely satisfied.
Bring the children to the daycare center, transport beer crates or take the chest of drawers from the furniture store – all of that is possible with the cargo bike. The Berlin General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) describes the so-called cargo bikes as an important building block for a city with less traffic. “They equalize the streets and provide better air,” it says.
2018 the ADFC Berlin started the volunteer project “fLotte”, where citizens can provide cargo bikes for rental. In the meantime, six Berlin districts, each with ten of their own bicycles, are participating in the project. Until Spring 2020 the fleet should be made up of private and district-financed bikes on 120 increase, said spokesman Thomas Büermann. “If the development of the last year continues, until the end 2020 approximately 15 000 People should be registered with the fleet. “Currently there are 9500 Participant registered.
In addition, one is in discussion with other Berlin districts. Büermann did not want to reveal what these are. Reinickendorf or Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, for example, have so far not provided any cargo bikes according to the “fLotte” website.
Missing personnel, planning and construction processes are slow and inefficient.
ADFC spokesman Nikolas Linck
The cargo bike project will be funded by the Berlin energy and climate protection program “BEK 2030 “supported by the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, said spokeswoman Dorothee Winden. In addition, in November the Senate Administration presented guidelines for cargo bike parking spaces across Berlin. Since then, the districts can wind according to winds in all streets up to 30 car parking in cargo bike Convert pitches.
Neukölln had set up the first two cargo bike pitches in Berlin in June. A spokesman for the Neukölln district said two or three cargo bikes would fit in an ordinary car park. “We now have four areas for cargo bikes, each with two to three parking spaces. Five more are being planned. ”Pankow also wants to do this a year 2020 and in the following years identify parking spaces throughout the district, said a spokeswoman.
The 2018 Berlin Mobility Act passed gives priority to public transport as well as bicycle and foot traffic over car traffic. This should be pushed back. Cargo bikes are an important building block, said Senate spokeswoman Winden.
However, the ADFC Berlin is not going fast enough. “There is a shortage of personnel, planning and construction processes are slow and inefficient,” spokesman Nikolas Linck said. Car traffic must be taken away, he said, and demands that the Senate implement its promises more consistently.
Broader bike lanes and more storage options, especially at the main interfaces to other modes of transport, are necessary.
ZIV spokesman David Eisenberger
The two-wheeler industry association (ZIV) also called for a more convenient transport infrastructure. “Broader bike lanes and more storage facilities, especially at the main interfaces to other modes of transport, are necessary,” said ZIV spokesman David Eisenberger.
The trend is closing Cargo bikes can also be recognized throughout Germany despite the sometimes unsuitable infrastructure. 2018 were around according to ZIV 40 000 Cargo bikes with electric motor sold. Figures for non-motorized electric cargo bikes are not recorded. Overall, the association calculates for 2019 with more than 4 million bicycles sold in Germany. “For cargo bikes are for 2019 no numbers yet, but the tendency is definitely increasing, “said Eisenberger. Especially the commercial use of the bikes is increasing more and more.
In the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg, for example, the pilot project “KoMoDo”, in which five parcel service providers participate. “The core of the project is the delivery of parcels with cargo bikes from a shared micro depot,” said Senate spokeswoman Minden. In Cologne, the breakdown assistance of the ADAC uses a cargo bike, in Stuttgart some craftsmen bring the sink by cargo bike.
The ZIV is confident that the positive trend of the bikes will continue. “Because they are also economically interesting because they offer great advertising space,” said Eisenberger. It is a very small segment, but one that is growing ever faster. (dpa)
Protest on the Oberbaum Bridge:
Christmas trees as bollards on
by Lara Hoffmann
Cycling activists demonstrated on Sunday afternoon with Christmas trees on the Oberbaum Bridge for more traffic safety. The small fir trees served as bollards, so to separate the bike from the car lane.
“It was promised that the Oberbaum Bridge would be touched up We were actually expecting them under the Christmas tree, “said Inge Lechner from the bicycle-friendly Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg network.
” But there was nothing that's why they put the Christmas trees on the side of the road, where they also protect the cyclists. “
The activists criticize that the new one too The lane marking of the Oberbaum Bridge is too narrow for cyclists and thus violates the Mobility Act.
The comeback of Maximilian Schachmann
At the Tour de France, Berlin professional cyclist Maximilian Schachmann crashed hard last year. Now he's back in the saddle. Read the story of his lonely struggle for return here:
The Berlin professional cyclist Maximilian crashed during the Tour de France Chessman difficult. After his comeback, he now has big goals for the new season.
Daily mirror | Jörg Leopold