21 November, 2010

Easy Parking at Chile House Quarter - New Bike Racks for Downtown Hamburg

Bequemes Parken am Chilehaus - Neue Fahrradbügel für das Kontohausviertel

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New racks at Burchardplatz

In Hamburg the traditional place to park a cycle is the cycle track. Racks were placed next to cycle tracks to attach cycles being placed on the cycle tracks. But no cyclist could use these cycle tracks for cycling, although most of these cycle tracks had the obligation to be used. Cyclists had to switch onto road lanes over the last decades in many streets, where cycle tracks were used for parking purposes. Some other cycle racks were placed on the sidewalks.

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New racks at Chilehouse

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New racks at Altstädter Straße

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New racks at Chilehouse

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New racks near Chilehouse
About ten years ago the first district in Hamburg started to put racks on the the road. In Eimsbüttel cyclists have equal rights like car drivers parking their vehicles on the road. First places were Allendeplatz, Bogenstraße, Bornstraße and Hartungstraße. A few years ago in the centre of Hamburg at Neuer Wall racks were placed on the street going along with the business improvement district.

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Bornstraße in Eimsbüttel, first racks on the road in the 1990s
Now lots of racks offer convenient cycle parking in the office building quarter at the famous chile house. Hopefully other business districts will follow and offer similar cycle parking.

Typical reaction of car lobby: Stadt pollert wieder Parkplätze dicht

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Traditional cycle parking in Hamburg: Cycles parking on cycle track

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Cycles parking on cycle track

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Cycle track with obligation to be used and parking cycles conventionally

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Cyclist cannot use the cycles track, that still has obligation to be used

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Cycles parked on cycle track

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Still cyclists are not allowed to use the roadlane due to traffic signs, but have to use the road lane due to narrow cycle track

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Multipurpose cycle-parking-track-garbage

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