27. August 2010

Campaigning for Cycling - Munich Beats Hamburg

Radlhauptstadt cycle check at Residenzstraße

"Radlhauptstadt" - capital of cycling, the title of Munich´s campaign to push cycle traffic in the Bavarian metropolis. With the campaign Munich challenges Hamburg in the ranking of best German cycle city among the cities with more than a million inhabitants. Hamburg promised to make it´s own campaign in the bicycle strategy for Hamburg (Radverkehrsstrategie für Hamburg) signed up in 2007. But half a year before being European Green Capital the promised campaign as a part of public relation for a better cycle climate is still missing.

Radlhauptstadt cycle check at Residenzstraße
 Free safety checks for bicycles are part of the Bavarian Radlhauptstadt campaign offered at hot spots of cycle traffic. The safety joker sticks out dressed in a blue suit and with his blue cargo bike. He tries to give attention for traffic safety and cycling. This week cycles could be checked at Odeonsplatz at Residenzstraße, Munich´s main cycle street with 15.000 cyclists per day, more cyclists than at any street in Hamburg.

Radlhauptstadt cycle check at Residenzstraße
Radlhauptstadt cycle check at Residenzstraße
Safety Joker near city hall
Safety Joker among cycle traffic near city hall

With the portion of cyclists of 14% at the time Munich tops Hamburg, where only 12.5 % take a cycle. Munich is ahead not only in promotion and number of cyclists. New cycle tracks are much wider and more comfortable than those in Hamburg.

Munich cycle chic at Dallmayr
Munich cycle chic
Munich cycle chic
Munich cycle chic
Bicycle parking in pedestrian zone
Cycling in pedestrian zone
15.000 cyclists per day in Residenzstraße

Cyclists in Residenzstraße
Wide and comfortable cycle lane in Seidlstraße
Cycle lane in Seidlstraße replaced a car lane
Wide and comfortable new cycle track in Marsstraße
Marsstraße with former cycle track some years ago
Postcard of the Radlhauptstadt campaign

24. August 2010

New Protection against Parking on Cycle Tracks

After redesign of cycle track in Stresemannstraße Hamburg uses new kind of protection against parking on cycle tracks. Parking on cycle tracks or cycle lanes is very common in Hamburg, however, and contrary to other countries Hamburg had allowed parking on many sidewalks or even on cycle tracks. Car drives have to watch out for a little traffic sign that indicates legal parking on sidewalks or cycle tracks.

Protection was disputed by cycle lobbyists, authorities and politicians. But without any controls of wrong parking on cycle tracks car drivers feel invited to misuse cycle tracks and lanes.

The new protection element is very small and does not damage cityscape like traditional fences or bars.
 Now the new elements are going to be tested for durability.

With the redesign cyclists lost the chance to lock their cycles at the former fences. Now the administration should look for an alternative of safe cycle parking.
Stresemannstraße some years ago with cycles parking on the cycle tracks.
Stresemannstraße, cycle tracks under construction.
The new cycle track, finished.

19. August 2010

"Vehicular Cycling" - an Example from Switzerland

An intersection in Basel. Watch the cyclists in mixed traffic with trams, cars and motorcycles and pedestrians. Five streets hit at the intersection. Zebra crossings are around the whole intersection and give pedestrians easy chance to get along.

For cyclists it seems to be quite normal to move with cars at the intersection and turn to the left directly. The intersection has no signals. Everybody has to watch out and reduce speed. It looks absolutely easy.

Vehicular Cycling from Stefan Warda on Vimeo.

18. August 2010

Basel - City of Cyclists and Trams

Basel - Velostadt und Tramstadt


Many cyclists are afraid of tram rails, as i know from cyclists in Hamburg, where street cars are going to come in service again in some years, or elsewhere. But in Basel cyclists seem to be very familiar with trams and tram rails. Cycling very close to tram traffic and rails in narrow streets seems to be quite normal for cyclists in Basel. Many streets in in the old center of the swiss cyclists capital are shared by trams and cyclists. Basel seems to be a good example for togetherness of cycle traffic and tram traffic in the city. Hopefully Hamburg´s administration will not make up any problems for cyclists when new street cars will run in the city in future.

Basel, Falknerstraße

Basel, Falknerstraße

Basel, Gerbergasse / Rüdengasse

Basel, Gerbergasse / Rüdengasse

Basel, Gerbergasse / Rüdengasse

Basel, Steinenberg

Basel, Mittlere Brücke


10. August 2010



A new traffic sign has been invented in Hamburg. Respect! A local newspaper critized the new sign, because there were still too many signs. And hundreds of Euros must have been spend for creating and installing these new and useless signs. As reported cyclists should take more care about pedestrians on the green cycle route, that is used by cyclists and pedestrians. Accidents shouldn´t have been reported, but many complaints.

hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
New traffic sign calls for respect
 But what´s the problem? The green cycle route connects a rapid transit station with a residential area and an international school. During rush hours there could be lots of cyclists going to work or to school. The route is layouted without seperation, and it goes down a light slope. A seperation between cyclists and pedestrians and appropriate space could have helped avoiding conflicts.
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Respect cycle route in Hamburg
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Respect cycle route in Hamburg
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Respect cycle route in Hamburg

hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Respect cycle route in Hamburg

hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Carving on respect cycle route in Hamburg
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Carving on cycle route in Basel
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Carving on cycle route in Frederiksberg near Copenhagen
hamburgize.com / Stefan Warda
Cycle route in Basel close to a school

6. August 2010

European Green Capital on Official Video

For the friends of the European Green Capital Contest here a little video promoting Hamburg to become the star in 2011. Cars as bursting soap bubbles are really fun.

Hopefully the bubble trick will work out. See you all next year in Hamburg and keep in mind the present time:
Green City - Hamburg Becomes European Green Capital

Hamburg Started Undoing Dangerous Eyesores

Hamburg beseitigt Gefahrenstellen

Kreuzung Holstenstraße / Strese - Radwegbau
Direct way across the street under construction in 2010.
Direkte Furt Holstenstraße - Kieler Straße über stresemannstraße im Bau (2010)

Some weeks ago Hamburg started undoing former planning mistakes. At a crossing of two major roads (Holstenstraße / Stresemannstraße / Kieler Straße) a direct way for cyclists was missing. Cyclists should get off the bike and push it left around the crossing like a pedestrian. Many situations like this still exist in Hamburg and are waiting to be revised until 2011, when Hamburg will be European Green Capital.

Vor einigen Wochen begann Hamburg den Rückbau früherer Planungsfehler. An einer Hauptstraßenkreuzung (Holstenstraße / Stresemannstraße / Kieler Straße) fehlte bislang eine direkte Radverkehrsführung. Aus Sicht der Straßenverkehrsbehörde sollten Radfahrer bislang absteigen und wie Fußgänger links herum um die Kreuzung laufen und das Rad schieben. Viele weitere gleichartige Kreuzungssituationen gibt es in Hamburg und warten darauf bis 2011, wenn Hamburg "Umwelthauptstadt" sein wird, umgebaut zu werden.

Kreuzung Holstenstraße / Strese - keine Radfurt vorhanden
Same location some years ago.
Blickrichtung Kieler Straße (Norden)
Kreuzung Kieler Straße / Strese - Radfurt im Bau
Looking back.
Blickrichtung Holstenstraße ( Süden)
Kreuzung Holstenstraße / Kieler Straße / Stresemannstraße
The cycle track is red. To cross the street cyclists had to get off and walk along the yellow line. (Source: Luftbildkarte 1:5000, aus Stadtkarte von Hamburg, Ausgabe 2008, 6. Auflage auf DVD. Vervielfältigt mit Zustimmung der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung,www.geoinfo.hamburg.de)
Die vorhandenen benutzungspflichtigen Radwege sind rot dargestellt. Die gelbe Strichlinie stellt die Schiebestrecke dar, falls Radfahrer niht auf der Fahrbahn fahren wollten.

Perfect Example for Cycle Traffic at Construction Site

Hamburg in the year 2010. Cycle route 1 on the opposite side of the authority for building and traffic runs along a construction side. One road lane is closed, cycle traffic can switch onto the road lane.
Construction site in 2010
Hamburg in the year 1996. The cycle track opposite of the authority for building and traffic of the later cycle route 1 stops at a construction side. Cyclist get off ("Radfahrer absteigen")! Cyclist have to change into pedestrians and walk.
Construction site in 1996
 This perfect example is still the exception. We need more of this for Hamburg.

5. August 2010

Free Bicycle Parking in Copenhagen

Copenhagen offers lots of space for cycle parking in the downtown area, and it´s all free. On the other side Copenhagen is listed under the 10 most expansive parking cities, among Abu Dhabi, Oslo, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Amsterdam, Vienna, Athens and Stockholm. The figures are taken from the 2010 Global Parking Survey, compiled by real estate research firm Colliers International, as Copenhagen Post reports. 24h parking in the Danish capital is announced to be at 367 kroner per weekday.
Free bicycle parking at Copenhagen´s Amagertorv.
Take Amsterdam or Copenhagen as an example to make cycling into the city more attractive. Why wasting precious urban space for parking cars?