Biking and walking in Berlin is a breath of fresh air (metaphorically, not literally)

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Berlin street
credit: Lloyd Alter

In the latest Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index, Berlin comes in 10th out of the top 20. Only one North American city, Montreal, made the list at all, sneaking in at 20th place, so most of us in North America would just be amazed at how wonderful Berlin is by comparison. But it is still an odd, non-intuitive place to cycle, as I found out during a short visit recently. Mikael of Copenhagenize notes:

The bizarre mix of bike infrastructure designs resulting from years of planners trying to squeeze bikes into a car centric paradigm need to be made uniform. With the rise of the cargo bike, the City needs to plan accordingly for them from the beginning.

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