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I have been cycling in Germany on the island Rugen. Most cities have bikepaths, I saw many cyclists in Sellin where I stayed.


German bicyclists


Tuesday market in Thiessow



Sign for bicyclists



Bicycle lane divided by some kind of barrier.


Combined bicycle and pedestrian lane.
 

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Cool stuff!

Did you come by the ferry (Trelleborg - Sassnitz)? As far as I understand, there aren´t any problems on any side to ride to the ferry terminal and ride aboard the ferry there, but from what I've understood at some ferry terminals they won't let you ride onboard by yourself or within the terminal area. Skandinavienkai (Travemünde) sticks out in the mind, it doesn't seem any bicycle-friendly at all.


It might also have to do with the location - The port of Trelleborg is located "downtown", and in Sassnitz it's next to a regular highway. In a way (for pedestrians and bicyclists) it was unfortunate they moved the ferry terminal in Malmö (Finnlines) from downtown about 300 meters from the main train station to the outer harbour far from everything. It was and probably still is the best/most inexpensive way to ride from western Europe to and from Scandinavian peninsula (since you avoid a crossing into Denmark and a crossing from Denmark to Germany, either with ferries or with a crossing across the Great Belt in Denmark. Either way it costs money twice if you transit Denmark by bike).
 

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Did you come by the ferry (Trelleborg - Sassnitz)? As far as I understand, there aren´t any problems on any side to ride to the ferry terminal and ride aboard the ferry there, but from what I've understood at some ferry terminals they won't let you ride onboard by yourself or within the terminal area.
Yes. the ferry to Sassnitz. It´s 4 hours. I took my bicycle on a holder mounted on the towbar of my car. I bought the holder at Biltema, it costed me 150SEK. In Germany I noticed that no one had my type of holder, everyone had expensive THULE holders with the extra licenseplate. The cheap holders obscure the licenseplate, so I was afraid that the police would fine me for that.


My bicycle mounted on the bicycle holder.


I also have heard about Finnlines, but since its a night ferry you need to book a couchette so I still think it's more expensive than the ferry to Sassnitz, but a good option to the Trelleborg-Travemunde ferries.

(since you avoid a crossing into Denmark and a crossing from Denmark to Germany, either with ferries or with a crossing across the Great Belt in Denmark. Either way it costs money twice if you transit Denmark by bike).
Denmark is expensive and an unnecessary transit-country, from now on I will only take direct ferries to Germany.



Bicyclists on the island Rugen
 

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I also have heard about Finnlines, but since its a night ferry you need to book a couchette so I still think it's more expensive than the ferry to Sassnitz, but a good option to the Trelleborg-Travemunde ferries.
http://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips/routes_fares/travemuende_malmoe/timetable


As of this year, they do have a day ferry (10.00 from Malmö -> 19.00 in Travemünde, and vice versa). Though you still have to pay for a couchette, it's 35€ by day instead of 55€ when going by night. Which is OK for me. Of all options you have to get across the Baltic from Sweden to (west-)Germany it's the route I prefer. Clean, never crowded (they mostly advertise towards trucking industry), great cabins even in lower classes, ok food in the restaurant, great views across Öresund, the Danish isles, the sailing into Trave and so on.



I do hope Stena Line will replace the current ferries on Trelleborg-Sassnitz (32 and 26 yrs old) with something that'll allow for easy loading and unloading in port. Given that all rail ferrying will be moved to Trelleborg-Rostock from next year onward it should be possible with a new ship on that route which would take around 4h and have a logistical solution to need very little time in port.



Btw if going by bike alone aboard the ferries, it's free of charge with Finnlines and Stena Line (unlike Scandlines and TT-Line, both charge quite hefty fees for bikes only IMO).
 

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Просто представьте, если бы эти люди приехали сюда на автомобилях и припарковались.


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Thanks for the pics! Bike infrastructure in Germany is really different in every city, unfortunately. But in general you can say that Germany is a developing country regarding bike infrastructure. Just look at the width of cycle paths shown above, the mix of designs and materials, the lack of continuity, the layout with sharp bends and so on. I mean, seriously?

There exists a more or less holistic approach in the Netherlands, please just copy it!
 

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Cycling seems to be very popular in Berlin. Which is the most bike-friendly city of Germany ? I believe it must be Freiburg but I'm not so sure... How many bike-sharing systems there are in Germany ?
 

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In summer I rode a bike from Czech-German border (city of Cheb) though Bavaria (Bayreuth - Bamberg - Würzburg - Heidelberg - Mannheim, where my girlfriend was on summer school), about 440 km in three days. I stayed in Mannheim for a few days and rode back via Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Nürnberg, Plzeň to Prague, 615 km in three days too.

Cycling infrastructure in Bavaria is suberb, both in and outside cities and villages. Cycling network is coherent, there are many parallel cyclepaths beside roads, traffic in cities is often calmed down or there are separated cyclepaths so the cyclists can feel in relative safety. Marking of cycleroutes is great too. And drivers are careful and non-agressive.
The czech cycle network is much worse if nonexistant, so next time I'm using train in Czech Rep solely :).

My short video of trip from Cheb to Mannheim.
 

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Germany Opens Part Of A 100 Km Bicycle Superhighway

Germany is taking its famous Autobahn to a whole new level by making one for cyclists. You heard me. They’re on the way to build a 100km long super highway for bicycles only, and bike-lovers can already cycle the first five kilometers.

The highway will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm. It will be built along abandoned railroad tracks in Ruhr industrial region.

According to Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR, around 2 million people living in the area will be able to use this route, which should result in 50,000 cars less on the roads everyday.


http://www.boredpanda.com/bicycle-highway-autobahn-germany/
 

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A map of the planned bicycle highways in NRW.

The specs:

* high average speed, limited or no waiting at intersections
* wide enough for 2 cyclists in each direction
* one-way bike paths wide enough for 2 cyclists and space for passing
* bicycle highways will be separated from sidewalks and hiking trails
* winter services will be similar to any state road, meaning accessibility between 6 and 22 hours during snow and ice conditions
* they will be lit within city limits and if needed, outside city limits

 

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