Berlin, Germany

  • Berlin - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Berlin - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Berlin - The Copenhagenize Index

Berlin, Germany

12.The Lowdown
Berlin as a bicycle city is like Berlin as an everything else city. It's a bit rough around the edges, it could be much better, but people get on with it. The population would be better served with improved conditions but until it comes they seem to realise that the bicycle makes sense. The cycling population is a mainstream population with few visible sub-cultures and a healthy gender split. A high city-wide modal share is punctuated with neighbourhoods that exceed 20+% modal share. Cargo bikes abound in the city, a great indicator for growth. Berlin continues to tow the line with its place in the Index.

The Region
Smaller German cities in the region are ahead of the curve but as far as large cities go, Berlin is the yardstick for Warsaw and the dream for Prague - the latter one of the biggest disappointments in all of Europe.

The Fixes
There is still an insistence for Berlin to invest in old-fashioned car infrastructure, particularly outside the city. For a fraction of the price, the city could upgrade their bicycle infrastructure and create much needed uniformity in their network. Traffic calming is on the agenda but Berlin should look to Paris and Barcelona for inspiration on this front. And more bike racks, please.