19 Juli, 2010

Green City - Hamburg Becomes European Green Capital



Green City - Hamburg wird "Umwelthauptstadt"

Lübecker Straße in July 2010: This green cycle track got a new design only a few years ago to go along with the German regulations combined with the obligation to use a cycle track. As long as a cycle track has to be used it should be two meters wide and should be maintained. The City of Hamburg lists this cycle track as one of the good examples of new cycle tracks built with special funds of the bicycle strategy for Hamburg from 2007/2008.

Hamburg is a green waterside metropolis. The Hamburgers love their parks and the many trees in the streets. As always in summer Hamburg becomes the green city. Then no other metropolis in Europe has so many green cycle tracks than Hamburg. Next year Europe will visit Hamburg and discover Hamburgs invention, the green cycle track.

Compared with other cycle cities Hamburg is ahead in designing the streets. Copenhagen for example has narrow streets only with road lanes, broad cycle tracks and sidewalks, but the streets in Hamburg even have lots of trees and parking lots additional.

Lehmweg in July 2010: Cyclists take care of the old green cycle track. Cycle track without obligation to use.
Cyclists in Hamburg know what to do with green cycle tracks. Visitors can watch cyclists all around, but not on the cycle tracks. It´s very common to cycle on the sidewalks next to the green cycle tracks, and some cyclists take the road lanes to keep the green cycle tracks safe. Visitors won´t understand why the police allows cycling on the sidewalks next to the green cycle tracks in the face of German traffic rules. Cycling on sidewalks is not allowed generelly. It seems schizophrenic, but if cyclists will be caught on other sidewalks without green cycle tracks besides they will be sentenced. Visitors will need some time to get familiar with Hamburg´s secrets of cycling, so be prepared until you will visit Hamburg in the year of being the European Green Capital.

Critical media:

Lehmweg in July 2010: Cyclists go besides the new green cycle track, without obligation to use, designed in 2004 at a part of Lehmweg without cycle tracks before
Ulzburger Straße in 2008: Rather new, and the greenest cycle track of Hamburg, with obligation to be used. Take care about it.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in July 2010: Green cycle track has to be used.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in June 2010: Cyclist besides the green cycle track with obligation to be used.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in June 2010: Cyclist is gentle and keeps distance to the green cycle track with obligation to be used.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in July 2010: Hamburg invented the green cycle track. The green cycle tracks secret is the wideness. They can be so small that you will never find it. But at least they exist and Hamburg can offer many trees and lots of parking lots in the streets, more than other cities do. Look out for the little mirror next to the tree.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in July 2010: As a little help the green cycle track is marked on this picture. Only a few cyclists take the road lane. Here I let out another secret: More than a decade ago the former cycle track had been where the parking lots are today. At that time todays green cycle track had been part of the sidewalk. Many cycle tracks have been convertes into todays parking lots over the last decades.
"Radweg" Maria-Louisen-Straße
Maria-Louisen-Straße in July 2010: Most of the cyclists take the sidewalk besides the green cycle track.
Hammer Landstraße in July 2010: This green cycle track has the obligation to be used into both directions. It is layed out for a wideness of 1.20 meters. Cyclists in Hamburg are very talented to pass without running into each other.
Hammer Landstraße in July 2010: The same green cycle track from the beginning, 1.50 meters wide.
Eilenau in July 2010: Another green cycle track with the obligation to be used into both directions.
Kieler Straße in July 2010: Lovely green on both sides of the cycle track makes the cyclists feel much better, if there are no nettles. Obligation to be used. I know this green cycle track in this condition about more than 15 years.
Holstenstraße in July 2010: The traffic sign shows the obligation to use the green cycle track. Very reliable, every year upcoming in wonderful green.
Nagelsweg in July 2010: Savannah on the cycle track without obligation to be used. Cyclists are invited to pick off some grass and make fantastic bouqets for their friends.
Nagelsweg in July 2010: No obligation to use this lovely little curve of green cycle track.
Steindamm in June 2010: Also very reliable, helps pedestrians to hide. When the run after the green light to cross the main road they run from the right to the left and play with the cyclists.
Radweg Amsinckstraße
Amsinckstraße in July 2010: Attention for cyclists. Every year try limbo on the cycle track near the headquarter of the German automobile association, of course with obligation to be used.
"Radweg" Hammer Landstraße
Hammer Landstraße in July 2010: Old green cycle track with obligation to be used.
Friedrichsberger Straße in July 2010: Green cycle lane with obligation to be used. Try it with a cargo-bike.
Lehmweg in July 2010: No obligation any more to use this nice and meager green cycle track. Isn´t it astonishing how wide streets can be with such a bonsai-like cycle track?
Sievekingdamm in July 2010: Between tree and curb the little green cycle track is located with the obligation to be used. The police station is located in that street and keeps watching out for the blue traffic signs with the white bicycles.
Sievekingdamm in July 2010: Also here between tree and curb the green cycle track with the obligation to be used. Even parking lots can be arranged.
Washingtonallee in July 2010: Here you can see the future for many of Hamburg´s cycle tracks. Cyclists are here allowed to use the sidewalk on the left, they can even try to use the cycle track in the middle, and also the road lane on the right is free. Take the big freedom. Does it help to launch more cyclists?

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Kommentare:

  1. My God, I did not realize Hamburg was worse than Berlin, though I knew the German capital allows cyclists on mixed part of street even if there is a cycle path.

    So, is "Hamburgize" meant to be ironic, or even, e.g. turn the pedestrians into hamburger?

    It seems "Der Krieg gegen Füßgänger!" would be a more appropriate name for this entry - if not this blog - also making it clear that is the cars (royalty) using the bikes (pawns) against the enemy (pedestrians).

    Shame on whoever named this place "green city", and good luck and thanks for your hard work.

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  2. Dear Todd,
    the blog Hamburgize tries to focus on better cycle traffic for Hamburg and everywhere with the eyes of Hamburg citizen. The pictures of this post about green cycle tracks show the discrepancy between wishful thinking and marketing strategies of the Hamburg government and the pure reality. Green capital contests are used as an event to get more tourists into a city, of course. Cycling is not the top theme of the Hamburg application for the contest. Cycling is very hard in Hamburg compared to cities where cycling is taken seriously.

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  3. Poignant and amusing. Probably more irritating for you because you live there, but I found your commentary funny.

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