The Transport Ministry is to invest heavily in new ‘cycle autobahns’ which will allow cyclists to breeze past traffic lights and junctions.
“The federal government has increased its budget for cycle paths from €60 million to €100 million per year,” Norbert Barthle, a spokesperson for the Transport Ministry said on Monday.
“In 2017 the federal government will promote special cycle paths with an extra €25 million. These will be cycle autobahns for those people who want to get to university or work without going through traffic lights or junctions,” he added.
Germany has already started building a 100km cycle autobahn which will run between Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm when it is completed.
The new routes are a luxury upgrade from the ageing single-lane bike paths common in many German cities.
The new bike routes are around four metres wide, have overtaking lanes and usually cross roads via overpasses and underpasses. The paths are lit and cleared of snow in winter.