Each day, almost 320,000 people use roads and trains in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
Between the Pinneberg district and Hamburg’s city centre alone, more than 60,000 people are on the move each day.
The majority of commuters still rely on their car, but fast cycle routes offer an attractive alternative: seamlessly integrated into the local infrastructure, these broad lanes will lead from Hamburg’s surroundings to the city centre, with only a few traffic lights to be encountered. This will also benefit users of e-bikes and pedelecs, as long distances can be covered without a car or public transport. Currently, there are eight feasibility studies investigating opportunities for expanding fast cycle routes, while also involving citizens’ initiatives.
Fast cycle routes are aimed at bridging the gap for cyclists between Hamburg and its surroundings.
While these studies do not include any concrete construction plans, the aim is to successively create fast cycle routes by the year 2021. Copenhagen and other metropolitan regions demonstrate that smooth, fast cycle lanes increase commuters’ readiness to leave their cars behind. And this is especially true where lanes are seamlessly integrated into the public transport network and when they offer easy access to the inner city via a comprehensive velo route network – as is the case in Hamburg.
Goals in creating fast cycle routes.
- People cycle at a different pace and need space for overtaking.
- Together, pedestrians and cyclists can move safely and without interference.
- Cyclists can reach the city centre swiftly without practically any traffic lights.
- Fast cycle routes also enhance urban spaces in visual terms.
- Safe parking areas and charging stations for e-bikes should be easily accessible.